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post #441 of 886
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bec - does she need a different kind of program maybe? It sounds like she is really struggling, if she's far behind, and having a lot of work to do every night on top of it. She's 8, right? That just seems like an awful lot for her. My oldest has ADHD, and some things were so hard for him that he shut down, procrastinated, and seemed to be just pushing my buttons as a defense mechanism because he was frequently exhausted from feeling like he was dumb because he couldn't just get it done. We seemed to always be lecturing him that if he'd just stop goofing around and do it, it wouldn't take so long, but he just couldn't "just do it." Breaking assignments into small (even tiny) pieces, making sure he had lots of physical activity to help his body relax, and working with the teachers to make his workload manageable were all helpful. Sometimes I think if it seems that hard for a kid something extra (like my kid's ADHD) may be going on. Maybe instead of a bunch of homework she could work with a tutor one day a week?
I think this program is fine for her. They really work with her and figuring out how her brain works, and how to make the material accessible to her. And, for the vast majority of the year, she has been really doing great. Her scores have gone way up, and she's met most of the goals that were set for her in the beginning of the year. It's just been in the last few weeks that she's been digging in her heals.

I have wondered about ADD/ADHD with her, though. No one else has mentioned it anywhere else, but I wonder if that isn't because she isn't disruptive. I guess the inability to concentrate is so inconsistent and doesn't seem to follow any kind of pattern (other than it is guaranteed when she is tired, but that's not surprising), that I have a hard time being able to see it, much less put a name to what's going on with her. And, the thing is, she is already in Speech and OT (for some small motor control issues she has), that I feel like they would have said something if they felt that was a contributing factor.
post #442 of 886
Bec, My DD is also becoming much more difficult in general. Could be burnout, but we still have a month and a half of school to go!

Thanks for the heads up. I read so much about rest days, etc etc, that I am not completely sure what I should be doing when I am "at the beginning" of things. My ideal would be running 5 days a week, schedule allowing, but since my longest is 3 miles...anyway, got a quick walk in with the dog. Now must head to school to assist with lunch. Lunch at 10am! How awful is that.
post #443 of 886
Bec, I think everyone, including our kids, is exhausted by this time of year. I wonder if you could make a deal with the teacher to collect the homework that accumulates and pick at it over the summer. This would keep it fresh in her head and keep working on it over the summer, but give everyone a chance to chill a bit for now. I find that I have good luck by asking the teacher for help: "This is what I see, this is what I hear from you, how can we tackle this together to meet the child's needs?"
post #444 of 886
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Plady - I'm interested to hear how you like Star Trek.

Any tri mamas have any advice on helping my 11 yr old train for a kids' tri?
First, I loved Star Trek! I really enjoyed the whole thing and I'm so excited that they've created a way to continue the series (if they decide to) with the fresh faces in the old characters.::

As for the tri training, probably I'd focus on bricks since that biking to running transition feels really weird when you aren't used to it, and then practice the transitions. If he's good at each sport on its own he'll likely be fine. Maybe also figuring out how long he'll be out there and then just making sure he's got the endurance to do it comfortably.

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I'm waiting for my hairs to dye..... :


It's dh's b'day today so I've got a cake to make, 4 miles to run, a music class to take Alison to and TKD (and some laundry dishes etc). I'm not so good at these overscheduled days so wish me luck!

Bec - I really like Geo's idea of spreading the load of homework over the summer.

Moonshine - Have a great run!
post #445 of 886
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Bec, I think everyone, including our kids, is exhausted by this time of year. I wonder if you could make a deal with the teacher to collect the homework that accumulates and pick at it over the summer. This would keep it fresh in her head and keep working on it over the summer, but give everyone a chance to chill a bit for now. I find that I have good luck by asking the teacher for help: "This is what I see, this is what I hear from you, how can we tackle this together to meet the child's needs?"
I really like this idea! This would work pretty well, because she's in a 2nd/3rd grade class, and will have the same teacher next year. I'll see how she finishes the week out. I have been thinking that I would do some homeschooling work to keep Katie fresh with the work, and to help her recover some lost ground in the math department. She actually does pretty well with math concepts, so long as numbers aren't involved. She has been doing very well with the concept of carrying and borrowing as well. If we could just get her math facts drilled into her head (and make her heart realize that her head knows them!), I think we would see a huge jump in math ability as well as a decrease in effort put into it!

I do think it is mostly burnout right now. We have just 3 weeks and a few days left, so I just want a little bit more from her. I know I'm asking a lot. She will be rewarded pretty big if she can just hold out. I feel for her, because I know I'm burned out on school too! It's definitely time for summer. She did head to school this morning with a good attitude, so I've got my fingers crossed that she'll have a good day.
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thanks for the side cramp advice - now i will know for next time!

i was thinking last night that i wish i could swim worth a darn because i think doing a tri would be fun. i'm one of those people who won't drown or isn't afraid to be in the water-- i'm just a sucky swimmer. i could take lessons and all that but i'm not sure it's that important to me, really. maybe a duathlon would be in my future, tho.

plady - :good luck on your busybusy day

drjen - i also wanted to comment about your lovely mother's day post. when dh's grandmother passed earlier this year there was some serious strife/family tension over the service and who would be involved. one of the grandchildren got very ugly about not being asked to eulogize formally and mil had to kind of spell it out for her: "her grandchildren meant the world to her, but really, you were a very small part of her life when looking at the big picture" ...it made so much sense to me right in that moment and i had honestly never thought about it before.

moonshine - i would probably take a rest day but that's me : sometimes i feel like if my legs are particularly fatigued after a hard run, i'm better off not pushing it the next day but rather the day after. walking is great, though, for loosening up

callie - of course we want to hear about your hip! we wouldn't be the dingoes if we didn't

bec - no words of advice, just wishing you luck to find the best solution for all
post #447 of 886
: My dingo shirt is here and I am wearing it on my next run. :
and to poppy!

moonshine - I would that my schedule would call for a short run on a day like that and then do it. For me, the activity pushes the soreness out of my muscles.
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Just got the mail, Yeah Baby! I LOVE the shirt and and like a little kid put it on right away and still have it on! It fits perfectly.:

Poppy- : THANKS SO MUCH, for all your hard work the shirts are awesome and my only regret is that I did not order a 2nd one!
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YAY THE DINGO SHIRTS ARE HERE THE DINGO SHIRTS ARE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm SOMEBODY I'M SOMEBODY!!!!!!!

(The Jerk, Steve Martin, if anybody else is as weird as me and loves that movie)

It looks GREAT, Poppy!!!!! : Thanks so much for your work on this!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it!
post #450 of 886
Thanks for all the encouragement. I got home from helping at school lunch and DH told me the birds fell out of the sky. As in, he went for a run. I still can't believe it. He said that he ran to the park and then did one loop. I had to try and not laugh at him. I told him yesterday that I did about 6 loops and his eyes got rather big. I don't know if he is suddenly inspired by watching the Biggest Loser (not that he has any weight to lose AT ALL) or what. So I challenged him to do it again. He says now he will because I challenged him. Which was sort of my intent.

So I took the dog out for a little over 2. She and I have to work on it a bit more. She was a little annoying, but I have to tire this dog out!

Anyway, off to the shower.
post #451 of 886
BIG SMILES!!! I have my shirt too!!!!
post #452 of 886
Moonshine..I totally need to take my border collie out running. She got fat over the winter. Ok..and this is going to sound crazy, I'm just worried about my other dog getting her feelings hurt! She is too old to go out for a run. It hurts her arthritis.
post #453 of 886
I GOT MY SHIRT, TOO!!!!

I just love it!! It's beautiful!!
post #454 of 886
I've been up since 4:30 this morning working. That's it: I'm going home and I hope to find a shirt there! Maybe I'll get a run before the skies open up.
post #455 of 886
I got my shirt too, : Thank you Poppy! :

Went for a very fast (for me ) 3 miler at lunch time today before rushing out to pick up the kids. I went to Haagen Dazs and got my lunch...a pineapple cocount milkshake....reminded me of my honeymoon and pina coladas. :

Got a hanna dress off ebay that won't fit dd, it's a size 140 (playdress). Anyone want first dibs before I sell it? It's blue/green and drop waisted, EEEC.
post #456 of 886
I WANT MY DINGO SHIRT!!!

Ok, so I'm not getting it because I'm on the beach on vacation. Whine, whine, whine. : It's not like I don't want to be here, I just want my shirt, too!

I had my plans for another beach run dashed by the monsoon that blew in not 10 minutes after I brought DS up from the pool for his nap. I'm bummed and relieved at the same time. Part of me just doesn't really want to worry about fitting runs in while we're on vacation, but the other part DOES want to run and knows I NEED to since I have a 10k in two weeks and a tri in three. Sigh. I can't even go swim laps. I guess I could go to the fitness room, but I'd still have to get soaked to get there. So I'll just sit here on the balcony with my laptop and watch the rain and think about all the eating and drinking I'm doing without burning the calories off.

I *did* get out for a bike ride this morning with FIL, SMIL, BIL and DS. FIL rented bikes for us and a child seat for DS. Talk about weird...riding a beach cruiser with a baby seat on the back after being used to a road bike with a trailer! I was so worried I was going to dump DS or just crash and dump us both! I got the hang of it eventually and we had a nice ride. I worked up a very light sweat, at least.
post #457 of 886
shirt! woot! race tonight! woot! wearing shirt! :
post #458 of 886
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Got a hanna dress off ebay that won't fit dd, it's a size 140 (playdress). Anyone want first dibs before I sell it? It's blue/green and drop waisted, EEEC.
Sounds like it might fit my dd! Pm me and let me know $ and stuff.

My mail lady is late today! I'm itching to see that shirt. :

RR: no running for me today, but I did a good little 2 miler yesterday. That was ok, because my legs are toasted from my weightlifting class Monday. I have work to do, so I can't go out tonight, and I really, really want to be able to make it the full 6 this weekend without wimping out like I have been lately! So my plan is rest today (push-ups), walk tomorrow, run 3 on Friday am with RP (kind of fast-ish) and run 6 on Saturday.
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Shirt w00t seconded! I tried mine on and it's supah, supah cute. Going to run tomorrow now, because I can wear the shirt!

RR: did a quick 2.5m this morning, still very congested because of a cold, but it felt great to run.
post #460 of 886
Waah, no shirt for me. Our mail seems to always be a day or two behind. (I didn't even get my marathon confirmation book until after the marathon this fall!)

Planning a tempo run tonight at some point. Also, I got my hair cut today and let the lady talk me into a lighter color and going shorter. It looks . . . different.
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