so, I’m also going to use this blog as a place to confess my mommy guilt. my youngest, ed, is in karate (this is all new for us) and he is supposed to be doing 3 chores everyday, along with some other things as part of his karate disipline. well, he’s been going to karate for about a month now and we just haven’t gotten around to giving him any chores to do. each time after class some of the kids stay and have to tell the instructors what their chores were and if they did the other things. ed always manages to duck out of this part, but tonight, they asked him to stay. when he said that he did not do his chores, the head instructor came over and talked to him and took 2 stripes off his belt. it physically hurt me when he ripped the stripes off his belt because he had worked so hard to earn them and it was partly my fault for not giving him the chores to begin with (although he never asked about them either). I was also worried that this would make him want to give up on karate, but it took it all in stride and he now has his 3 chores and a sheet to remind him of all the things he needs to do. he really is a good kid!