ADHD and School: Part Two

If you have never set through an IEP or 504 meeting at school, you are missing out on some fun.  No wait, I’m thinking of ice cream socials. IEPs and 504s are more like Parent-Teacher Conferences with an added helping of bureaucracy.

Not that they aren’t helpful or necessary. They are. But, the meetings are also a step before a step (a formal written plan) to take other steps (the actionable items in the written plan).

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ADHD and School: Part One

The kids are back in school! Finally, I have the house to myself during the days so that I can actually get some editing (and chores) done!

But, it’s not all sunshine and daisies, because with the new school year comes…parent-teacher conferences.

No, I’m not talking about the one every parent is invited to attend in November to review quarterly process. I’m talking about the one for ADHD kids. You know, the one that happens less than a week into the new school year.

Oh, you didn’t know about that one? Well, let me tell you…

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Ready for Autumn

I am ready for autumn. I’d love to pretend it’s because I love the changing of leaves (really, I think it’s depressing to see them all wither up and die) or because I enjoy cooler weather and shorter hours of sunlight (who doesn’t enjoy seasonal affective disorder). Really, I am just ready for the boys to go back to school!

Seriously, September…get here already!

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The Calm Before the Storm

Today is the last full day of school before summer vacation.  The calm before the storm, when our schedule gets  flipped-turned upside down.

It will be interesting to see how this summer pans out.

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Trying to Do It All: A Supermom’s Advice to the All Moms

I am tired of society, both media and other moms, disparaging the supermom a.k.a. the “Mom Who’s Trying to Do It All”.

This usually refers to the mom who is trying to be perfect in every aspect of her life, rather than one who is just trying to keep everything under control or get everything she has to accomplished.

It is a positive thing to try to be the best you can at the things that are important to you.

As long as you are doing it for your own satisfaction AND not stressing out about what you really just don’t have the time or skill for.

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When Push Comes To Shove

Despite my ass-backward approach, my transition from to SAHM has actually been a long-time coming.

It didn’t come like a freight train barreling down on me in a frightening manner.

Nor like a holiday present you are eagerly waiting to receive.

More like an impending root canal, where you know you’re going to have to suffer through a procedure to improve your overall quality of life. You can only avoid the event for so long before it becomes crucial, and when it does happen…you’re so relieved that you welcome the event.

I can’t tell if that makes it sound better or worse than it actually is.

It’s probably both….

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If The Shoe Fits…And Sometimes When It Doesn’t

Growing up, my mother was a stay-at-home mother (SAHM).  Even after all of us had started school full-time.

I thought she was crazy pants.  I couldn’t imagine being bored at home all day, so dependent on my spouse financially, or have my entire existence defined by parenthood.

My dad was in the Navy and deployed on 6-month cruises periodically, so it actually made perfect sense for our family to have a dedicated adult on stand-by to deal with the absurdity of school schedules, after-school activities, medical appointments, and general child-rearing for the three of us girls.

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