Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


Biting my nails

My son is very smart, but he lacks motivation and discipline. Yeah, I know, that is most pre-teens, but it is really irritating. He is capable of so much, but I have to ride his ass to get him to make the slightest effort.

Tonight was his American karate belt test. The way his instructor does this is by giving the students basic karate questions - about techniques, terms, etc - and they have to answer a random question correctly before they demonstrate the moves and techniques in order to advance up the belt list.

My son has NOT wanted to study his terms, but resisistance is futile. I created a fill in the blank worksheet from his terms and quizzed him at least once, sometimes more often, every day this week. Looks like it paid off. He is now and advanced blue belt.

I think this child delights in making me nervous.

(Photos by Uzz)
I really like his teacher. He is very common sense and teaches the children realistic self-defense, boosts their confidence by helping them fail AND succeed and not putting up with their shit. He also tells them to respect and thank their parents for bringing them to karate. Not to mention, his prices are VERY reasonable. We pay about $85 to $100 a semester on karate, total. Most of my friends were paying that or more monthly for their kids' karate lessons. So, we're pretty fortunate.

I'm very proud of my baby. He also made the A/B honor roll. Not too shabby for a dyslexic kid labled as "emotionally disturbed." I say he's just immature, but we're getting him there slowly, but surely. We've been blessed with extraordinary public school system educators, counselors and administrators. They care about him as if he were their own and for that, I'm grateful. I don't think I could have a better educational team on board for him. Not to mention, he has two dads who love him and a wonderful support system. (can you tell I'm PMSing and getting sappy?)

Anyway, well done, son. I'm proud of you!


  • At 10:55 PM, November 10, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    You have to laugh at the Paul McCartney head peeking out of the top of his uniform. *wiping a tear from my eye* That's MY boy!!!

  • At 10:56 PM, November 10, 2006, Blogger Juicy said…

    I've wanted to ask for a while now and i hope you don't take offense but what does pickle call aod?? I mean he has uzz.. so does he call aod by his first name? or just call them both dad?

    I'm just interested because one of my friend's has 2 dads and calls them both dad.. and well it gets confusing.

  • At 11:03 PM, November 10, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    No offense taken. He calls them both dad or he calls AoD by his first name. When there is any doubt, he will say "My dad, Uzz" or "My dad, AoD" and there is no confustion. We have only recently encountered the dubious "my real dad" BS that comes with a blended family. But, fortunately, he doesn't say it with malice. It is just his way of clarifying.

  • At 12:02 AM, November 11, 2006, Blogger MrsDoF said…

    Congratulations, Mini-Uzz! That grin is definitely genetical.

    I have 3 sons, and usually when I'm talking about each, I say My-Son-Name as if it is all one word or something.
    At one of my jobs, a co-worker got very irritated with my habit.
    Of course, as soon as I realized, I had to tell a few more son stories. I can be mean when I want to.

  • At 8:58 AM, November 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That is awesome! What are his next challenges/steps in karate?

  • At 7:13 AM, November 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I too, have a "labeled lad" at home. He is now 21. He was tagged as everything from autitic to slow to scattered. You only need balance to kepp
    - one foot on his neck,
    - one foot on his bottom.
    And don't forget hugs and praise when needed. It will keep you young.
    Best regards,

  • At 11:44 AM, November 13, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    LaLa, each semester he goes through the session learning new techniques as he progresses up the belt system. They learn new techniques and practice the old ones, then they work on sparring. They'll have their tournament and then the belt test. As he progresses up, they'll start adding fitness and actual written reports to continue moving up. He will have to get through the belt order like this for the juniors:
    White, yellow, orange, green, blue, (he is an advanced blue now), purple, third degree brown, second degree brown, first degree brown then first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh degree black belt. Then, he'll move on to the adult levels if he is still doing it by then. If he continues working at his current level, he can achieve two to three belt colors annually.


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