Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Talking To A Difficult Child

My oldest son had a behavioral doctor's appointment today.  As we were sitting in the waiting room, I was listening to a mother talk to her daughter.  The daughter was hyper, not very focused and talkative.  Alot like my son.  The mother's comments to the daughter made me sad.  She was speaking down to her.  Telling her she didn't know how to draw then proceeded to tell her how wrong everything she drew was and how someone else learned to draw better than that two years ago.  There were several comments like this during our time in the waiting room.  I hope that maybe she was just having a stressful day and didn't realize how awful she sounded.  I find myself thinking about how I speak to my child.  I understand being very frustrated with a hyper or difficult child.  My biggest flaw is yelling.  But I have made myself the promise that I will work on it.  I have days where I have to lock myself in my room to calm down so I don't say or do something I will regret.  But when I do come out of my room, I like to think that I don't say things that would damage my child's self-esteem.  Children are very precious and don't deserve to be put down for any reason.  Now having said that I know I have said things like "don't act stupid" or something of that nature.  I resolve to try harder, to be more patient, and to think about how my words will effect my child.  Talking positively and not putting your difficult child down should be a part of every day life.  Remember, if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.  Children that are difficult generally aren't that way by CHOICE.  No one gets to pick the genes they are passed or how they are raised.   BUT you do have the choice in how You raise them and how you treat them.    I read a book a while back called Raising a Strong Willed Child by James Dobson.  I think its food for thought.   I also have his book Bringing Up Boys although I haven't read it yet.

Words sometimes hurt more than fists.

Friday, March 4, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

First let me say, I'm not a huge craft person. I don't like running to the store to buy this little gidget or that little gadget just to do a craft with the kids. If an idea has more things on it that I don't have on hand than I do then I just won't do it. Call me lazy. But with three kids and a tight budget, that's life. So here are some ideas that I plan to do. Probably with adjustments according to what I have on hand or have easy access too. :)

Link to basic shamrock printable here.

Here's a gift for the kids to make for dad or to wear. A St. Patrick's Day Tie! Too cute!
We made this one and loved it!

We are making Shamrock Garlands. Similar to the chains you make at Christmas. Here is an example of one using felt. I think we are planning to stick to paper or construction paper as we don't really work with felt much. Perhaps that will be something to try in the future.

Another really cute idea that we made! Handprint Leprechauns.

I love crafts that involve toilet paper rolls. Everyone has them lying around or if not it doesn't take long to get one (especially in my house!).
So here is a really cute shamrock craft using a toilet paper roll.

I love ideas.  You can comment or share links to your blog posts on all things St. Patrick's Day below.

Be Blessed.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Science Lesson: Testing for Limestone

This week we have been studying rocks in science. I picked up Earth Science for Every Kid by Janice VanCleave. She has a whole series of books with easy experiments for kids! Love her books!

Yesterday I snuck the book onto my son's desk in the middle of his school books. He's been looking through it every since. Today he found one he really wanted to try. I love when this happens!

To demonstrate a positive test for limestone.
If it bubbles, it is limestone. See the tiny bubbles.

I asked what would happen if the shells sit in the vinegar? Will it eat through the shell or just stop bubbling and sit? We will let it sit undisturbed and see what happens! How interesting.

I wish everyday was creative like this!