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January 19, 2008



I'm sorry to hear about D's surgery - I can only guess how hard that's going to make everything for the next couple of months.

I know what you mean about the experts and labels. My middle child has NLD (non-verbal learning disability) and finding the right school setting has been an ongoing issue. We home-schooled her very briefly in 5th grade when she had a teacher who thought her issues were just bad attitude. This was before she was diagnosed. Now she's a 9th grader in a private school, one not particularly focused on kids with learning disabilities. Some of the teachers are fabulous, really get her and work with her. Others, not so much. Public school was fine until middle school (which was 5th grade here at the time). Punitive attitude towards anyone who wasn't perfect all the time. All three of my kids ended up in private school at that point for different reasons but it was what they needed. And you're right, learning differences aren't necessarily disabilities -we're not all the same. longer response than necessary- you hit a hot button for me I guess!


I believe all children benefit from sensory integration "therapy", as we all are born with the tactile, proprioceptive,and vestibular base senses, from which grow all other forms of intelligence, from posture, gross motor, eye coordination, and, ulimately, cognition and intelligence. Most children find ways to meet these needs for stimulation for these senses, others need unique ways to find input for these senses via input from occupational therapists specializing in sensory integration, or by parents who involve children in things like you seem to be doing. A lot of what you do you seem to understand can be done on your own time, like running around in the park, kicking a ball, etc. I passionately believe in using these techniques to better organize each infant's brain, and to optimize each child's potential. Good luck to you and God Bless.

A lot of what you do you seem to understand can be done on your own time, like running around in the park, kicking a ball, etc.

Oh, no doubt. But my alterior motive is that this class gets my kids outta my hair for a bit. My father will be taking them and then putting them in daycare, giving me three whole hours by myself!

Also, I think PTs and OTs do great stuff. And there are obviously some kids that need these services more than others. My main objection is that kids have to pass a magic test to qualify under the arbitrary level of 'disabled' to get these services. Many teachers understand that this is an administrative issue based on funding, and don't take the "diagnosis" that seriously. But others, the ones with 'expertitis' build their ego around these diagnoses and seem to get off on touting them. They see all of these kid characteristics and needs as "disorders," a deficit from the specified norm, not a characteristic on the range of normal.


Sounds like fun time for the boys. My son enjoys running around with the older kids.
I hope everything goes well ith D. It just isn't easy is it.
I am glad you have worked out a way to get some time on your own.
I was a evening person until I started working full time now I have o be up by 6:30am and I want to go to bed by 11pm.

Great posts, as always!

Myself, I have never been a morning person so I always chose to work swing shift! But when you have small children, what do you do? Have you tried Rock Star? A few swigs of that and you will be ready for the most hyper child! Huge problems will seem petty and your appetite will be nil. :)

Way back when I was forced to work the a.m. shift,I actually got myself out of bed and excercised for half an hour each morning to get my blood in Drive! It worked. Many,many of us need a stimulus to get us going in the mornings. I am now retired and my husband tippy toes around in the mornings so he does not get bitten! It is difficult to change how we are, but there are ways to work around it. (Yawwwwn!)


I'm sorry about D's pump. He must have been a little taken aback when it fell out. On the other hand, two months is not that long so I hope it passes quickly.

As far as morning vs. evening people, I think one can have either good time in the morning or good time in the evening, but not both, unless the person is really exceptional. I get up in the morning because I have too, and I'm exhausted by evening and it sucks. I totally bathe my child once a week and skip toothbrushing on occasion. I don't want my daughter to remember me this way either, but I haven't come up with a solution yet. Your schedule sounds like it makes much more sense when you sleep in the morning, so I hope you can get back to that.


I love your point about how night people don't get cranky before bedtime. I think that having mom go through mornings in a fog is a small price to pay for mom who's fun at bedtime.


I can't wait until my kids are old enough that I can trust them to be in the house unsupervised when I'm sleeping. I will straightaway return to my sane and sensible 2 am bedtime and 10 am wake-up time.

It stinks that our culture is so morning-person-centric. You're not lazy because you sleep different hours than other people!

And this is yet another reason to home school. No need to get them up and dressed and on the bus (or worse--all the way to school) before 8 am!

Mary Grace

As a mom of three kids, I can tell you that all of them--yup, even the one who has actually been diagnosed with an "issue"--have *stuff*. The key is whether or not you let that *stuff* run your life or whether you choose to wrestle said *stuff* into submission and just get on with life. We chose the latter.

Finding a safe place for Atticus to just *be Atticus* when he was three was near to impossible. People looked at him like he had suddenly sprouted horns the minute he displayed any behavior that deviated from what their ideas of normal were. Let me tell you, playdates were few and far in between as I struggled to make sure that no one passed on their own biases to my boy.

He's now 7.5, very well adjusted, homeschooled and considered a leader in all of his activities: soccer, AWANA, etc. From spaz to leader in 4 years. Not bad, huh? :-)

Keep at it. Advocating for your kids is WORTH IT.

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