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Tales from the Imperfect Playground

Throughout her stories of misplaced toys, temper tantrums, and experiences as a physical education teacher, Christine offers observations that will ring true with all mothers. In short, this book offers a virtual high five to women for the gazillion things they manage to miraculously get done.

 

Join Christine Carr at Barnes and Noble in Warwick, RI

Barnes & Noble Warwick to host a Local Author Night

 

Warwick, RI, February, 2010 – Please join us on Thursday, February 25th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Warwick Centre location on 1350B Bald Hill Road for Local Author Night.

Barnes & Noble is thrilled to be able to host a Local Author Night that gives authors a venue to promote their books. The event will highlight eight authors from different genres who will each be speaking briefly about their book and then conducting a book signing.

The authors who will be present are Gina Russo with Paul Lonardo, From The Ashes, Surviving the Station Nightclub Fire, A Personal Story Of Tragedy And Triumph, Christine Carr, Mother Daze (Parenthood), Larry Johnson, Out of My Mind (Sports), Greg Ladas, The Couch Potato Diet (Health and Fitness/Diet), Jon Land, Strong Enough to Die (Fiction), Kiki Latimer, Islands of Hope (Children/Local Interest), Francisco Lima and Darrin Bouley, God’s Divine Will (Religious Inspiration), Terri Martin, The Adventures of Eddie the Emu (Children) and Michael McKay, A Big House for Little Men (Mystery).

For directions to the store and to read about each title that is being presented, please visit http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2159 to view the event.

 
 
 

Carr to speak at C.C.R.I.

Local ‘Mother Daze’ author to visit CCRI

Warwick, R.I.: The public is invited to hear Christine Carr, author of Mother Daze: Tales From the Imperfect Playground, read from her work and answer questions at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, in Room 4080 at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus, 400 East Ave., Warwick.

From play dates and soccer games to music lessons and tutoring sessions, today’s mothers have to do it all. Through “Mother Daze,” Carr lets them know they are not alone as they try to be the best parents they can. Throughout her stories of misplaced toys, temper tantrums and experiences as a physical education teacher, Carr offers observations that will ring true with many mothers.

Carr earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1993 and began her career as a physical education teacher in East Greenwich. She earned her master’s degree in the administration of physical education and health education; her thesis research project was based on the over-scheduling of today’s youth and how it relates to future burnout rates among athletes. She lives in South Kingstown with her husband, Andrew, and three children.

 
 
 

Pine Wood Derby

The fam and I just got in from the annual Boy Scout Pine Wood Derby.  An event that allows many fathers the privilege of revisiting their youth while pretending that their own child actually had full responsibility for their pine wood car production.  Remarkably, my son's car placed fifth among the 16 other opponents in his Den.

However, I have to say, he was not as excited as one would assume.  Seeing as he had minimal responsibility for his car's overall construction (he made a few stickers and reluctantly painted the body of the car) it didn't seem as important to him.  Why would it?  Most of the hard work was left up to my husband and another proud papa from the Den.  Last night, Andy went to the other handy dads house in order to provide the finishing touches.  While the dads fiddled and tinkered, the two uninterested boys battled the Dark Side of the Force during several rounds of Lego Star Wars on X-Box 360.

My question is, what the heck would those cars look like if the boys were allowed only to construct their car at a Den meeting?  No dads allowed.  Would these kids have the ability to build cars shaped like guitars, bobsleds, or Indy 500 racers?  Most of the boys watching from the sidelines had little interest as the cars sped down the track, yet the fathers of these very children were all left chomping at the bit.  I have to say, Andy was very excited as the car he constructed swept past the finish line.  Ha!

 
 
 

Simplicity

I have long been a proponent of the old adage "let kids be kids."  As adults, we often tend to complicate parenting by trying to coordinate the grandest of plans for our children during their infrequent chunks of  unorganized free-time.  With so many great options for fun -- the zoo, aquarium, playground, roller rink, movies, etc -- it is hard to resist the urge to corral them all into the car and hit the road for fun.  But in recent years, I have learned that kids often have the best time just playing with friends.  As I type this message, I am observing my three kids running around our back yard with two friends that are here to play.  Bright smiles are stretched fully across their faces, laughter can be heard through the windows, and not a penny has been spent nor have I had to buckle any buns into a car seat.

Many times we assume that children are unlike adults.  Rationally, yes, this is clearly true -- it can be truly impossible to reason with a youngster.  Yet, when I think of how much fun I have with some of my best buddies, I can appreciate the gift of time spent together.  The simplicity of life is quite beautiful.  On this day, I am glad to be able to kick my feet up and watch a little magic play out in front of my eyes.

Thank goodness for friends!  Even little tiny ones.

 
 
 
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