One of the bonuses of Summer Vacation, and my husband being self-employed is that sometimes we can just take off to the beach on a moment's notice. That is what happened on Friday, instead of posting something at my scheduled time. I am only feeling a modicum of guilt. It was a beautiful day at … Continue reading Planning is Optional
Only two more school days left as I type this. Now that my youngest is 12, and relatively self-sufficient, summer vacation doesn't instill the dread it used to. While the new school year is still "The Most Wonderful Time Of the Year!" For a change, we have something extra planned for our daughter other than just … Continue reading What Will You Do Over Summer Vacation?
In his most recent post, Tom Furman gave us the dictionary definition for “Resilience.” In my previous post, I broke it down to “Bouncing Back” and likened it to getting right back on a horse after being thrown. In the end, I admitted that bouncing back can feel more like crawling back.The theme for this … Continue reading Keeping One’s Head Above Water
I get knocked down, I get up again, you're never gonna keep me down! That Chumbawamba song is what came to mind when I began dwelling on the concept of bouncing back. When I turned 12, my grandma paid for me to take horseback riding lessons. I was "horse crazy" at the time, reading all … Continue reading Bouncing Back From Set-Backs
It isn't easy for me to make friends. I can be friendly with any number of people, and I can be "friends" with a wide variety of personality types. What I have a hard time with, is finding someone who actually "gets" me. I have theorized that perhaps some of the reason why I have … Continue reading Finding a Kindred Spirit
Or am I finding more ways to aggravate the stress? I don’t really have a solid plan anymore. It’s just kind of this vague, fuzzy glob of thoughts. My oldest two kids have moved out. One of them almost a thousand miles away, the other less than fifteen minutes away. I still have my twelve-year-old … Continue reading Am I Nurturing Myself?
I love my daughter's middle school. I loved when her brother and sister attended the first year it opened a little over ten years ago. Since then, they have added a program called PRIDE. A few minutes was taken out of each period so on Tuesdays through Fridays, the students can have the opportunity to … Continue reading Enrichment in Middle School
In my very first post here, I talked about how it felt to be labeled "gifted" as a child. I felt vindication when my second grade teacher called my mom and asked her if I wanted to be a part of the "Enrichment Program" (also called Mentally Gifted Minors -MGM). Once a week, we would … Continue reading Enrichment Programs for Gifted Kids in the early 1970’s
The honor roll assembly was last week, and as has been the case every year since kindergarten, my daughter was on it. Every year, she was on the Gold Honor Roll for making straight "A's." Her last award for fifth grade, she was one of a few recipients for the Platinum Honor Roll. That's if … Continue reading Middle School Heartbreak Over Grades
"He has no heart." "She's all heart." "My heart just isn't in this." But the heart is a muscle that pumps our blood and oxygen through our bodies. That is all. When we make statements like the ones above, we are really talking about brain function. Somewhere along the line, probably long before humans knew … Continue reading The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants