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Motherhood Means Mental Freeze

Last night I skipped the moping (about circumstances beyond my control), and the bowling with co-workers, but opted for more Wii bowling with friends instead. That part of the evening was blissful. The parenting portion? Not so much. The boy doesn’t cope well with change and there’s been quite a lot of it at school lately. Since returning from holiday break one teacher in his classroom has been replaced, a favorite classmate left for another school, and suddenly there is all sorts of new social studies homework - on top of the spelling homework he only grudgingly completes. So every day there has been a fresh hissyfit that needs to be contained when homework time rolls around. He’s been in a snit about it all week. So much so that it’s affecting his sleep. Twice last night he was up sleepwalking/talking. He was so agitated it took a while to get him settled into bed again, and even longer for me. I’m at a loss over how to help him. I’ll have to discuss it with his psychologist. But in the short term I just need a break. Thankfully I’m getting one. He’ll be staying over with my ex tomorrow night so I can enjoy a good chunk of uninterrupted adult time with the boyfriend and friends, including some foosball fun at Big V’s.

In other news, I’d considered hosting my own inauguration party, to mark such a momentous occasion, but the date snuck up on me. And the night before I’ll be having a slumber party with a visiting friend. Thankfully the Riverview Theater saves the day:

We will be sponsoring a viewing of the PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION ceremonies on our big screen on Tuesday, January 20. Doors will open at 9:30am and viewing will last until approximately noon. Several service groups seeking volunteers will have information in the lobby. There will be no admission charge.

My Warriors arrived yesterday

Bonus: For my friends in warmer climes, I give you the wind chill weather index. Current temp is -22 with -38 wind chill. In these conditions frostbite can develop in three minutes.
Plus: There are always the Minnesotan weirdos who enjoy this weather. Like this guy: Local man builds glacier dragon.
And: Wonder if the aforementioned man will be at the St. Paul Winter Carnival. That starts soon, but I’m even more excited about the 2009 Art Shanty Projects.


  1. Sharyn wrote:

    An update. I took action this morning and reached out to the school for assistance. One woman on staff who has always been super helpful responded immediately with exceptionally helpful suggestions. Including:

    - Building in time during day for 1:1 homework
    - Breaking the new homework down into more bite-sized chunks and gradually building it up, having smaller requirements until he shows progress
    - Working with staff in the childcare program to see if they can work with him on non-school days for small periods of time

    She agreed that an adaptive home work program would be appropriate for my son at this time. Phew. Big relief.

    Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 11:18 am | Permalink
  2. Moe wrote:

    Glad to hear the school is being helpful with it all. I think schools are willing to find solutions as long as the parents reach out for it. Hopefully you guys can work through it and he’ll be better off for it down the road.

    Love the shoes though!

    Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Permalink
  3. Sharyn wrote:

    Thanks. I’ve tried to be fairly involved and to interact with staff on a regular basis. I’m on site 1-2 times a week to check in. I think we’ll be able to help the little dude out so he doesn’t feel so overwhelmed.

    As for the shoes, I’m totally crushing on them, but afraid to wear them. EVER. Sharyn + anything white = BAD NEWS. Oh well.

    Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Permalink
  4. Moe wrote:

    Just save them for summer, but continue to take pictures of them inside!

    Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

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