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post #41 of 107
We just started going to classes at the Zoo and I felt much the same way you did, by the end I was just about in tears I felt so stressed and frustrated. BUT There was this one mom of 5 who was oh so kind and told me that it will get easier - her kids are tradionally homeschooled with the school at home and she said her kids started out not doing very well with structure at all either. Granted I know ds1 is WORSE than the average kid and also feel he would be labeled ADHD and he is not- in a tradional setting which is one reason why i started thinking of homeschooling anyway. so I do feel your pain, and I hope that other mama was right and it gets easier for both of us





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I got a ? that I need help with y'all....

DD has started Girl Guides (brownies) last week after wanting to for awhile. It looks like I will have to attend with her....usually I never can drop her off and leave in something like this. The first meeting did not go to well, she was majorly scattered and all over the place, getting up, interrupting, me needing to sit with her, guide her and explain everything to her (like the instructions the leader was giving to play team Pictionary) or she would be distracted and go do something else. Yes, we did talk before hand what a meeting was like. I was cringing a little as the leader knows we hs and I think it made dd and I and hs'ing look bad. (I know in school she probably would be labelled ADHD). The other kids were obviously in school, and just sat and waited for the next instruction. DD does have a diagnosis of Auditory Proceessing Disorder, and I think that had alot to do with her behaviour and not being able to follow what she was told. We'll try again and see how it goes, but at her age she is starting to get that there are certain behaviors in certain settings and I have told her we will try again, but that if that stuff continues we will have to find something different for her to do. I am afraid I was a little upset and emotional about it with her that night unfortunately, and this is all coming at a time I am getting flak for hs'ing so it made it even worse, me thinking I am doing her a disservice perhaps by not having her in school, yet at the same time realizing she is a very creative visual/spatial right brained sort of kid who would likely be angry/exhausted/tearful in the sequential school setting. Even her audiologist was happy she was homeschooled! Does anyone else have US'd kids that don't do well in structured settings? Is it personality or temparment or is it because of unschooling and not being in structure in the first place and not "trained" ?? For instance Dd has a talent for cartooning/drawing, if she wanted to attend a class she wouldn't like it because she could not draw "her way", and then would be disruptive because she was bored, sigh. I have just got a cartooning book with tips and we do it together. Jeepers, I remember when she was 3 and going to a toy library program with me, and having to run the same interference I do NOW! AND, in case anyone was wondering, no I just don't go throw her in anything, because she struggles with so much of this stuff in those sit down settings, we actually have attended very little outside the home and I am not a soccer mom with my kids in oodles of things. And yes I have tried adressing diet and fatigue issues and providing more physical activity and sensory type stuff like squeeze balls, heavy work, too. Thoughts on all this anyone from an unschooling perspective????

Wow, gotta go get breakfast and this is getting epic anyway...
post #42 of 107
it's temperament. i could drug my kid up and ship him off to school for some conformin' but i don't choose to. instead, i'm the one who gets to try keeping up with his energy all day... but he's worth it.

mama coltrane, i'm in maine. close but not close enough!
post #43 of 107
Thread Starter 
hey everyone! i'm so not keeping up... been plenty busy irl lately, FDP came home! it's so rare to have the whole family in the same place at the same time. though it's not gonna last long - FDP is going to england next week, and MDP is going to israel the week after. so i'll be home alone with DD for 2 weeks. I'll catch up then
post #44 of 107
FDP and MDP?

I honestly don't know those acronyms!
post #45 of 107
Thread Starter 
female and male DPs. I don't know what else to call them. I was thinking DP1 and DP2... but the numbering feels weird. suggestions?
post #46 of 107
can you be totally non progressive and just call them dh and dw?
post #47 of 107
ooh, or you could call them thing 1 and thing 2. if i was a thing i wouldn't care what number i was because things frickin rule.
post #48 of 107
Thread Starter 
yeah, DH and DW would work. but we're not "married"
and I'll call you Thing if you like
post #49 of 107

sweet.
post #50 of 107
Thing1 and Thing2 work, T1 and T2 for short.
post #51 of 107
Thread Starter 
sounds like the bananas in pyjamas, B1 and B2
post #52 of 107
FDP and MDP worked for me, at least in context.

Yesterday, I hit all the stores trying to find ds a clone trooper costume. Couldn't find the nice one so just ordered it online. I was hoping to save shipping but found it for much less on one site ($35 + $5 shipping. I know I'd spend more on materials trying to make this one). Can't believe how expensive some of these costumes are. He's old enough to care that it looks good and has a helmet that covers the back of his head and all that so hopefully he'll be happy with it.
post #53 of 107
FINALLY! I've added pics to our blog of her hair and her latest drawings
post #54 of 107
Thread Starter 
thanks for that feedback 4ever. I don't know why it worries me so much, what to call my DPs online
i hope the costume works out!

her hair looks cool, bedhead!
post #55 of 107
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FINALLY! I've added pics to our blog of her hair and her latest drawings
Wow! She's talented!
post #56 of 107
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FINALLY! I've added pics to our blog of her hair and her latest drawings
She's so awesome! Love the hair and the faces!
post #57 of 107
Long night. DD2 woke up puking around 11 and threw up for hours. DH slept on the couch with her cause Naomi has been nursing all night lately but I got up to help several times. She seems to be better now though, at least it was short lived!

I have been busy trying to figure out html. oh my goodness, what was I thinking? I bought a domain name and can get the index on the web but for some reason cannot get a second page to work at all.

When did your kids learn to tie their shoes? Maddy has no interest in it at all but I am so ready for her to learn to do it. She takes her shoes on and off about 100 times a day (okay exaggeration but sure feels like it) going in and out in and out of the house. She has tried several times but gets frustrated and then does not ask to try again for months.
post #58 of 107
My 7 yo hasn't learned to tie his shoes yet. I think he could if he was interested. I'm just happy he started putting his slip on shoes (croc type things) on by himself.

Hope the puking thing bypasses everyone else!

We're off to visit my sister. It's my nephew's birthday.
post #59 of 107
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When did your kids learn to tie their shoes? Maddy has no interest in it at all but I am so ready for her to learn to do it. She takes her shoes on and off about 100 times a day (okay exaggeration but sure feels like it) going in and out in and out of the house. She has tried several times but gets frustrated and then does not ask to try again for months.
My 15yo ties new shoes once and then just slips them off and on from then on. He's all about effeciency He was probably at least 10 before he got the "two rabbit ears" technique.

Hope the illness passes soon!
post #60 of 107
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My 15yo ties new shoes once and then just slips them off and on from then on. He's all about effeciency
All my kids do the same thing! Dd just wears slip ons - she HATES tying shoes. I actually don't know if she even can, and she's almost 15!
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