There are lots of surprises when it comes to surgery and perhaps doubly so when it comes to surgery for children. My daughter Kitty is five and I was informed she had to have what the doctor termed a “simple outpatient procedure”. Thus began a medical version of bait and switch. I’m hoping this postContinue reading “How to Prepare for Surgery for a Child”
In her two books about tidying–Spark Joy and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up–Marie Kondo emphasizes two opposing ideas: First, she talks about the necessity of going through your things quickly so as to not lose momentum when cleaning out. She speaks of getting rid of twenty bags of things in a day and cleaningContinue reading “Tidying Decisions Require an Integrative Mind”
Everyone experiences counterwill, at least from time to time. If someone tells you that you’re wrong, wrong, wrong, and that you have to do it their way, you will likely feel the need to defend yourself and you probably won’t be looking with interest or enthusiasm at “their way.” This is human nature; we areContinue reading “Counterwill in a Five Year Old”
We bought a chest freezer about 10 years ago because we like to buy our meat straight from the farmer and that means buying a lot at once and storing it in the freezer. A chest freezer is really energy efficient and keeps everything really, really cold. The only problem is trying to find anythingContinue reading “Using Reusable Bags to Organize My Freezer”
Western culture today resembles the flight patterns of orphaned Canadian geese, with people zipping about with great determination and noise, but as a group we lack clear direction. Every winter we see flocks of Canadian geese flying about with great noise and ceremony but no actual direction. They honk a lot and generally make aContinue reading “Are Some Human Societies Like Canadian Geese?”
Maybe, but I’m pretty sure Kitty just needs more time. She’s making strides forward and it’s likely that in a few more years she’ll be completely “caught up” in the lagging skills without any need for intervention. I’ve read that most, if not all, children who suffer ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) will have developmental delays.Continue reading “Does My Child Have Developmental Delays and/or Disabilities?”
When we started exploring reading with Kitty, she didn’t even want to try to draw or color with a pencil or a pen. I don’t want to teach her how to write yet because she’s not ready, but I do want her to develop hand-eye coordination, which she can’t do without practice. Some sources sayContinue reading “What Happens in the Prewriting Stage?”
Exciting times! Yesterday afternoon I’d left to run an errand and when I came home, Kitty was reading a book to herself in the armchair while my mom rested on the couch. My mom says that Kitty just chose to read to herself. She didn’t ask my mom to read to her and my momContinue reading “A Five Year Old Reads Aloud”
An example of how not to do it, and one of how to make the connection. Last week I wrote about how a “collection” connection can help a child to deal with separations from her primary attachment figure. To illustrate the concept, I will share an example of a transition from car to house thatContinue reading “The Collection Connection in Action”
Children can experience separation any time your attention wanders away from them. It’s important to reconnect frequently. Both Deborah Macnamara’s book Rest, Play, Grow and Gordon Neufeld’s book Hold on to Your Kids speak of something they call ‘collection’. This is a connection obtained from a child before asking for a behavioral change. If thatContinue reading “The Collection Connection”
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