Thursday, March 09, 2006

Musing

Well, I did it again. Remember my first post, what brought me in here? Of course not! But I do. It was about being forgetful. I had finished my shower yesterday, and I was about to get out, when I realized, I forgot to shampoo my hair! How can you forget to do that? Oh well. It's not that big of a deal, but it's just so strange to forget to do that!

ADD/ADHD - Anyone have experience with a child that has this? My son's first appointment was today for our ADD evaluation. The doctor's initial impression is that, no, he's not ADD or ADHD. He has to take some computerized test that helps determine his level of concentration, and his teachers have to fill out questionnaires. I think what he's experiencing is a combination of several life upsets in the last few years (divorced, death of a loved one, both parents remarrying, and getting a new half sister - not by me!) as well as a personality conflict with the teacher. He is very bright, and when he does things at home, I watch. He's smart. He reads and can answer comprehension tests orally, but when he takes those written tests, something happens and he does poorly. He passed both math and reading last year, the reading by only a point or two. He hasn't passed his reading benchmarks this year. TAKS comes up again for reading and math in April. He had similar problems in second grade, but again, it was largely due to a personality conflict with the teacher. Third grade was great. Now, fourth grade, here we are again.

On to other things. I'm not working full time, and money is extremely tight. I may have to go back to work full time, but I don't want to - especially not in public education!!!!!!!!!!! Money has caused a few fights between dear hubby and me in the last couple of weeks.

Also, I'm dealing with a lot of sassing from my two kids, and I don't really know what to do about it. A little pop on the cheek, go to their room, take a privilege away????????? And my son gets rather defiant and angry sometimes when he is forced to do something he doesn't want to or when we argue about homework. Neither of them minds me all the time. Let me change that to - most of the time they do not mind, at least not in my time frame. What do you do? They've been grounded. They've had toys or other privileges taken away. Friends not allowed to spend the night. I don't know what else to do. Input?

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