Bad Blogger Alert...

Friday, 29 August 2014

I have gotten behind. Things have been crazy as usual, so I haven't taken the time to post. Hopefully the end of the madness is near.

School starts back next Wednesday. Exciting!  In fact, the next three Wednesdays are going to be exciting. This week it is Hunter's first day at his new school (the one minutes from our house--finally no more driving to school). He is really excited. I am looking forward to walking him to school for a change.

The week after is my 39th birthday. Wow. And yuck! It'll be okay, though. I am planning to take the day off work and get my hair and nails done. Who knows, I might even get a massage.

The third Wednesday, I have an interview for the job I am just desperate to have. It has everything I want-- research, training,  mental health, creating partnerships, project management,  line management-- and it's only about a 15 minute drive from home. Right now I drive 45 minutes to an hour. I want it so bad.

I still might miss a post or two, but I will keep you posted on what happens each week. Hopefully soon I will get back to posting regularly and about interesting topics.

Until then, here is something to get you excited-- Sarah Addison Allen announced that the sequel to Garden Spells, First Frost, will be out in January!! Yaaayyy!!!!! Check out the trailer here:

http://youtu.be/oAPpL82vfAs

Bad Mom Alert...

Monday, 11 August 2014

Does anyone else find that sticking to rules and/or punishments is seriously hard work? I know how important it is to have rules and structure-- especially in my house-- but honestly, sometimes it is just exhausting trying to follow through with it all. I find that with all I need to get done and remember every day, remembering not to let Hunter watch TV or have a sweet is just too much.

He has been seriously naughty this week. Seriously. His punishments are written down. We have a family white board in the kitchen that my hubby tends to use for this purpose, but still I forget. I am wondering if the way forward isn't to take things away, but to make him do chores instead. Kind of like '5 chores sets you free'. He hates chores, so it would be punishment. It would be over faster and easier to enforce. But would it be effective? And, most importantly, would I have to stand around telling him to get on with it? I'd say the last one is a definite.

What is the best way to punish for bad behavior these days? Is there a better alternative to the good old period of restriction? What do you do when your little monsters get out of hand?

Back & Forth, Again

Monday, 4 August 2014

Today, I know what a tennis ball feels like. You know, the constant back and forth, the volley.

We had an appointment with the pediatrician who is taking over my son's care (the other one has taken up a new post) and it looks like we are back to being volleyed around. We have seen so many 'specialists' and heard so many 'I think it's...' that I am exhausted. The first said 'ADHD'. The next said, 'not ADHD, depression'. Then it was 'not depression, ASD, certainly ASD'.

For six months now we have been working off of a verbal diagnosis of ASD. Trying different strategies, hoping something would work. Today, the new doctor said it isn't ASD. Seriously? She thinks it is more to do with emotional imbalance and sadness. Seriously?

Now, I don't want my child labelled (I had only finally, after quite a bit of fight, come to terms with his being 'autistic'), but I wish we could at least get a little closer to what is going on. The closer we get, the more we could help him. Instead, it just feels like as soon as we are referred to a new specialist we are sent down another winding path.

God, I wish someone would figure out what is going on with my gorgeous, sweet, boy. It's a shame that each new appointment discounts the information from the last one.

Is it wine time yet?

What happened to summer?

Friday, 1 August 2014

Monday, I bloggged that summer vacation had started. Today, I am huddled up close to the heater freezing my ass-ets off. No kidding.

It is so cold and rainy today, that I can't wait to get home to my pj's and a cup of tea. It's Friday, which means family movies and take-away. Also tonight, I have a few things to get checked off my to-do list, but I am hoping to do a little writing,  too.

If I'm lucky, tomorrow I will be in my pj's all day. I have a lot of reading and writing to catch up on. I don't think there is anything else I have to do. Hopefully. Honestly, I can't remember anything these days. ;-)

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