Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Things I would like people to know about this unwelcome guest ADHD
Try not to judge parents(this is a biggie) I have found that parents with ADHD kids have exceptional parenting skills but they are facing a uphill battle . It usually isn't a lack of parenting skills that are causing the ADHD. These people are in the trenches. Cut them a break.
Teachers can help by actually communicating with the parent. I don't need to find out a misdeed days after it happened. Chances are the child isn't the best reporter on their behavior. We got to work together. You got to give me information so I can make good decisions for my child. I do really need all the information. I don't need you working behind the scenes to undermine me. No one wants to hear bad things about their child but glossing over the problem doesn't help. Can you tell this a pet peeve with me? This actually deserves it's own post.
ADHD is not a free ticket to misbehave or not live up to your potential. Bad behavior is bad behavior and unacceptable whether or not you ADHD or not.
School won't solve ADHD. I read somewhere that for a child with ADHD that school is the worst place for them to be. Schools are not set up to deal with kids outside of the box. That is where parents have to be great advocates for their kids. ADHD is often accompanied by learning difficulties, bipolar, depression, and anxiety.
ADHD can only be managed there is no cure. There is no medication, therapy, nutritional supplement that can cure ADHD. What works for one child who has ADHD may not work for another. That is the crazy subjectiveness of ADHD.
Don't go this journey alone with your child. You need great support. I was lucky to have a great friend who help me start on this journey(thanks Carol), exceptional advocate OT, a fab 4th grade teacher who led us to a great program for our son, a psychiarist who really gets it, family that listened, and countless others who have cheered us on.
I am so lucky to have my ADHD child in my life. I learned so much about myself both good and bad. My kid has great gifts that I really hope someday others will see too.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
We are going mach speed as we head into the fall. It so easy to get caught up in all that. These are just a few of the things that have been making me smile and I really appreciate the little things. ENJOY!
This shrine is sitting on a fire place grate. It is over by my Mother in Law's house and it always strikes me as funny. I am not sure what the deeper meaning is. If you need a laugh here is a funny blog post. This lady just cracks me up. This exercise post also cracks me up. I so have these weird thoughts when I am out walking. I believe when I was walking with Mrs Respiratory Therapy I frequently requested an ambulance.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Last Tuesday morning when I had the Diva here we worked on some Dog art. She made a couple of really cute dog cards. Directions are found here. We couldn't for the life of us get the boys interested. What I love about the Diva is that she is always up for a good craft. The Diva has a dog at her house for the first time. He is really cute and named George. We also worked on drawing a cartoon dog. The directions are found here to learn to draw a dog. These step by step directions were great and even I managed to turn out a cute dog.
The Diva's Dog Drawing
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
This makes me feel solemn. The days events come flashing back. On some level, the events seem unreal. Whenever someone says the World Trade Center, I am going to see the plane crashing through that building. These tragic events tie all of us together as Americans. It sickens me that terrorist think they can control us with these random acts of violence. What kind of sick person would put this terrorist plan into action. How do we explain to our children why others harm each other? It is hard to teach peace when we live in such a violent world. Why can't we all just get along? It makes me scared and sad to see this kind of violence all around us. We have turned into a mad, mad, world. It is no wonder our kids act out.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Yesterday was more first official day of work. I am lucky to have a unique work situation. I do before, after, and occasional child care and Jill of all trades and master or none type of jobs. My hubby's work schedule is intense with long hours and variable schedule. I love the variety of my work. Yesterday was no exception as it involved artwork, Wii bowling, petting a pig(seriously),
baking, waiting for a repairman, and after school care.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Any player can start
The 1st player chooses a card and reads: "I have (sight word) Who has(sight word)? from the front of the card. When a card is read, it is then placed in the center of the table.
example: card says - I have my. Who has fly? player who has card that has the card that says, I have fly. Who has sky?, responds.
The player with the named words reads from the card with the named word on it.
Play ends when all words have been returned to the center of the table.
That is about as clear as mud. I don't know if this games will replace the SWEET deal that Chuckles and I have of for every flashcard you get right you get a minute of Wii time.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I am sure rubber bands would work as well and would be more in the theme of "back to school." I of course couldn't find two rubber bands so I used hair bands.