Growing Pains



These extender light switch things are now in about half the rooms in our house. We had to give in to the fact that EJ just isn't getting as tall as she'd like to be (a major issue in her eyes) and yet she is getting bigger and there are some simple things that she shouldn't have to ask for help to do. The light switches (especially as we enter the early darkness of Winter) were a huge issue! And let me tell you that the new-found independence has made her so happy! It didn't stop the "I wish I was bigger like Jack so I could do everything" conversation in the car this morning, but it's a step in the right direction.

In other news, it finally happened. I was told yesterday that we could just walk Jack to school and say goodbye on the sidewalk. He thought it would be better if we just said goodbye there and then he could walk on the playground alone & we could "get EJ to school on time." Yeah, I believe there may have been other motives. I know I've made it a lot longer than other mom's at school, but it was still weird to hear. Given that I drive EJ to her school and with the temps dropping, this probably means I will just drive him and drop him off on the sidewalk, but still...

Last night Jack and I decided to read one chapter of Ramona Forever while the girls took their bath...right before bedtime. That was a bad decision...it was a sad chapter. I'm a softie myself, so I worked so hard not to shed a tear and to keep my voice steady as I read. And Jack was fine...he even smiled at the big news at the end of the chapter. When we were done, he recorded the time and then completely lost it as he told Matt about what we had read. However, he also said "but we got some great news at the end of the chapter!" I love how invested he is in these characters. To try to soften the blow, we read a second chapter. The Quimby family got the news they might have to move away. In addition to having a big heart, Jack doesn't deal well with big changes in life. As he said, "That didn't really help Mom!"

Each of the kids is currently going through some learning/school issues (and I am beginning to wish I had taken some child development/teaching classes). I've always believed that there are many different learning styles and because of that there should be many options for teaching children. I just never realized there would be so many different kinds of learners in one house and so few options of school where we live to teach them.

Yes, in case you haven't already figured it out, the growing pains are mostly mine.
Leslie said...

Oh, sweetie . . . it's always an adventure, isn't it?? I had a "moment" yesterday. I knew it was coming, but it didn't help. Meg was distraught when trying on cheerleading uniforms, and was fixated on the number on the tag (as compared to her teammates) instead of how the uni felt. It was heartbreaking. :-(

RHoC said...

It'll be okay, Heather! There are many learning styles and there are many teaching styles. Unfortunately our public education system is so rooted in educating the masses that it often fails in educating the exceptional (exceptional referring to both the gifted and the difficulty ends of the spectrum). You know your kids better than their teachers do, so don't be afraid to advocate for what you think is best for them! Teachers may have the "teaching knowledge," but you have the "Jack, EJ, and Olivia knowledge."

southern daze said...

A really close friend of mine has a background in child development (she's awesome!) so please let me know if you ever want me to pass along a few questions. She's super sweet & would love to help.

beckley said...

hugs =)

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