It's great to hear what everyone is doing lately, and to see so many teens around!
We've had a great weekend. Saturday started with ds playing around on Stellarium again, that led to questions about the names of planets and moons and several hours spent looking through Greek myth websites and books, then he decided to read along with me in David Copperfield for an online book club I belong to. He spent the afternoon climbing on a local climbing rock and riding his bike with friends.
Sunday, well, we woke up at 2pm, ate chips for breakfast and when I left for work, ds was looking up ham sandwiches on Wikipedia, then slept the rest of the day
We went out for milkshakes after I came home from work (it was just that kind of day
) Oh yeah, ds did read some of the Pagan Holiday book we bought the other day, and explained to me how the Pax Romana and Roman political and economic organization enabled a tourist industry 2000 years ago. That was right before the milkshakes
Today, the sun is shining and we'll finally be able to see the stars tonight to compare what we see from our balcony with Stellarium. We figured out last night on our walk where Saturn is. Ds spent the morning listening to political radio online, since we're having a provincial election here, there have been rumours of a federal election for months now, and the US election season is gearing up, ds is comparing the Cdn and US systems and how elections operate in practice.
DillonandMarasmom, so sorry to hear about your loss.
Genifer, I don't avoid ds anymore, at almost 14, it's more the other way around now, but when ds was younger, I had more than a few long "baths" with the door locked, until ds learned how to pick the lock. They do grow out of the constantly needing mommy thing, really, they do.
Joan, I could so relate to the "I smell chocolate" thing, ds can hear a chip bag or chocolate bar being unwrapped from 3 rooms away. Of course, he's in the middle of the insane teen growth spurt and will eat whole loaves of bread as a "light snack", so hiding food is pretty well an impossible dream here. I swear, he can hear me chewing!
CarolM, that's so cool for your team and your boys!
Thystle, I have found with ds, and with almost all the other hsing kids I ever me, that they act way younger in terms of negative older behavior, and way older in terms of positive behavior. By that I mean that hsing kids will tend to act like "kids" longer, play with toys, explore, engage in imaginative play and engage with younger kids, for longer than ps kids, and don't have the early interest in sex, drugs, smoking, etc, that ps kids do (when ds was in ps last year, every single kid in grade 7 spent almost all their time "dating", obsessing over who was dating whom, trying to break couples up, trying to set couples up, they had the interest, but were way too young to understand the implications, so things got out of hand quickly.) On the other hand, hsing kids tend to act more mature in terms of their articulation, the way they present themselves, their willingness to engage adults in discussion and conversation, their ability to defend their own beliefs and opinions. It's something I've noticed in all hsing kids, no matter how they are hsed, as long as they are at home, and don't spend a very large amount of time with their peer group. One of the things that shocked me the most about ds's transition into ps last year, was how quickly he lost his sense of self and his individuality. About 3 weeks. It was scary, and a large part of the reason why I pulled him out again. I thought that having been at home for 4 years would have kind of "insulated" him against being overwhelmed by peer pressure, and that he had such a strong personality and sense of self that he wouldn't lose it so easily. Boy was I wrong. We are both now thoroughly convinced that ds will hs all through high school.