Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Now middle school, that's a totally different story in my book...
Middle Schoolers are not as cute as kindergartners in their thoughts or actions. They also have raging hormones and an apparent need to impress their peers without any thought to others' feelings.
This attitude of mine is the number one reason why I would not/could not make a good middle school teacher. I don't have the patience or tolerance for any kind of adolescent behavior. Really, how do middle school teachers do it? I've pondered this more than once.
This brings me to my own middle schooler, Tyler. Tyler is that lucky, oldest child who gets the joy of breaking in two parents who would rather had him stay in 5th grade forever. Two parents who want him to work out his own problems without interference by overprotective parents. My sincere goal as a parent is to be an active listener as well as a constructive advisor all while trying to empower my teenager to be the best he can be. Tyler has one parent (me) who often thinks that skipping middle school all-together might be the easiest thing for all parties. I still recall quite well the horrors of my own junior high years (that was the terminology then). Oh, to have to relive it through your child is almost too much to tolerate on certain days...like today.
Today Tyler informed me of his need to wear a rubber band around his wrist to "ward off any dude who's armed with a rubber band". This helps protect one's self from other "band" users who might consider snapping you with one or flinging a "taco" your way.
(Photo of a taco: no meat, lettuce or cheese, just a burning sting without the hot sauce.)
Or when *Aaron kicked him again in Language Arts for the umpteenth time and Tyler chose to get up and move to another table without any confrontation on Tyler's part.
Bravo, I did teach him something right!
Or how Tyler got attacked by a child named *Eric a few weeks ago, which I chose not to blog about since the child does have a disability and because I'm willing to admit that my child is far from perfect too. However, sometimes I wonder where our system has gone wrong when I hear things like this said...
Tyler: "Mom, guess what *Eric told me today?"
Me: "I have no idea. Maybe sorry?"
Tyler: "Nope. *Eric said, thanks for fighting with me, Tyler. I have a behavior plan now and I get rewards when I have a good day. He said it with a smile on his face, Mom."
I will get through this.
I will navigate Tyler and two more children through these same adolescent rough waters. And I will go back to work tomorrow because kindergarten is definitely the place for me!
*Names changed to protect the guilty.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Here's what I know....this is the longest winter of my adult life and it just keeps on coming. Recently, I haven't had anything exciting to blog about and even considered making something up, until I discovered this. In today's paper I found some statistics about Lincoln's winter and thought I'd share in case you didn't read today's Lincoln Journal Star. (The paper's info is starred and my own personal comments aren't. Just to clarify.)
*Lincoln has had an inch of snow on the ground in Lincoln for 75 days, the second longest duration since 1975, which was 92 days.
Now I know why I feel so life-less and in desperate need of some color!
*Lincoln has not reached 50 degrees since December 1st and we have only seen 40 degrees four times since December 1st.
This explains why I haven't been able to wash the salty sludge off my mini van. Luckily, the forty degrees have come while at work, so I was able to take my kids out for recess. That's been a plus!
*The half of inch of snow that came yesterday has given our season's total to 39.3 inches. This amount only puts us in 16th place among Lincoln's snowiest winters.
Really? Haven't we had enough already?
Apparently not. We are now expecting an additional 3 to 5 inches this weekend (Sunday night through Monday morning).
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
I talked him into the Colt's theme with this weekend's Super Bowl. He said he wanted to wait to do it on Sunday for church youth group. I put the kibosh on that one. Everyone doing it is fine, but doing it by yourself is nerdy. Good thing this kid's got me for a mom, huh?!
Our neighbor girl, Hannah, had her hair done too. I didn't ask her if she put blue in her hair for the Colts also. I'm guessing not.
Another "crazy" event is poor, sick Maddy. Don't ya just love how I always have my camera with me? Well, she got sick yesterday at school. She had a headache, fever, terrible sore throat and vomiting (just once), which to me are all the right signs for Strep. The first test came back negative and we could hear today if the second test is positive, but more than likely it is just viral. She did have a 103.6 degree temp. last night. Of course, when I pay a $30 for a co-pay, I want it to be Strep, so I get my money's worth. I know that is indeed "crazy"too.
The last "crazy" event of the day is more snow. We got a couple inches, which began as rain and turned into snow, and will continue to be in a Winter Weather Advisory until noon. The roads were a little slick this morning, but we are unfortunately getting use to driving with these treacherous driving conditions.