Archive for August 2007

Daily Top 10

August 31, 2007
  1. Saw IV
  2. Eagles
  3. Marie Osmond
  4. Healthy Recipes for Kids
  5. Dementia
  6. Princess Diana
  7. MDA Telethon
  8. Gwen Stefani
  9. Stranglehold
  10. Thomas Jones

I am always entertained by watching what other people are looking for.  So, I decided to start sharing my amusement with you.  I am sometimes saddened and disturbed by what people are looking for.  Sometimes I am surprised since I have no clue what the search is for.  Really, the only thing that surprises me about this one is that Princess Diana only rated 6.  It seems that 10 years later, to many she is still being mourned a great deal- and also is the talk of many gossip magazines.  I’m also surprised so many people on yahoo would be searching the word stranglehold.  I will definitely be on the lookout in the near future for suspicious strangleholders lurking!  On a positive note, it’s good to see healthy recipes for kids right up there on the list.  The reports just came out for children’s health and obesity and it wasn’t good!

While I’m on the subject, here’s a link to another blog I have found very amusing lately.   http://rowdyrodi.wordpress.com/2007/08/30/seriously/ She recently wrote about the strange searches that led people to her blog.  I have had some strange experiences myself.  But, this one tops them all!  Who searches for this crazy stuff?

 

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9 People

August 31, 2007

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There are 9 people in this picture.  How many can you find?



 

 

Part 2 and the Update

August 31, 2007
Flax Part 2

My son started taking 3 flax oil pills every morning. Before he had started, he had gotten grounded until he could go 5 days without attitude and accomplishing all of his school work and chores. After the first week, he had not accomplished this. Then he started the flax oil.

2 weeks after he consistently had taken it, I asked him if he thought it was helping. He told me no. “Really?” I asked. “You have gotten all of your work done on time and without argument for 2 weeks straight!” This was definitely a first! “Well, I guess it did help”, he responded. He was then very proud of himself. For that, I am grateful- the look on his face and the sense of knowing he had accomplished something.

After that, he started the next school week. But, because of family visiting and spring break for friends, we have not had much school. He hasn’t been taking it consistently. But, next week the real world is back. And, so is the flax oil!

Does it really work? This is the only proof I have. Does it matter to me if it’s the flax oil or the thought that it works? No! As long as he thinks he can, and the flax oil is healthy anyway, I am going to continue giving it to him.

I should also include that he started taking valerian root at night to help him relax and fall asleep better. It’s sometimes hard for someone with adhd to turn their brain off and fall asleep. It would be scary for me to actually give a 13 year old sleeping pills. But, this is an herbal remedy and much safer. I could tell he slept better. He didn’t have such a hard time getting out of bed in the morning. He wasn’t such a grumpy bear!

Flash back to the present!

I have gone back and forth between letting him decide if he wants to take the flax and forcing him to take it for my own sanity!  Right now, I’m in the forcing for my own sanity path.  Not that he really objects.  But, sometimes I think he would purposely forget just because he doesn’t feel like taking it that day.  Today was one of those days.  And, I definitely knew it!

He can be much more argumentative and grumpy when he doesn’t take it.  Now, I’ve never heard of that being part of the benefits- having a good attitude.  So, the only thing I have come to figure out is that when his brain is going so fast and he can’t focus well or remember things, he gets so frustrated that he gets edgy.  That makes some sense, doesn’t it?  And, with the start of a new school year, I don’t need any added frustrations- for him or me! 

So, is flax oil a miracle cure?  Maybe not for everyone.  But, it is for us!  If it makes our home a better environment to learn i

Omega’s- Miracle Cure? Part 1

August 31, 2007

(Here is an old post from an old blog site I used to have combined with an update.  Sorry for the repeat if you have read it before.  But, I think the info is so important that it’s worth reposting to get it out to all of the people I can.  If it has worked this well for me, it might help someone else.  And, I can’t tell the update as well without starting at the beginning.  So, bear with me for such a long post!)

A few weeks ago- as I’m sure most parents have been at one time or another- I was at my wit’s end. My son is a wonderful kid. I am very blessed. But, he also has his moments.

One of the main reasons we decided to homeschool him was the fact that he has ADHD. Although it’s pretty minor compared to some, it definitely affects the way he learns and the way he deals with life. Before taking him out of school, I did a great deal of research in ADHD. I went online and found several helpful forums and websites. I also read some really great books. (this is where I should post the links, but I can’t remember the names of them- only the one forum which was adhdnews.com – or something like that) I have never liked taking medicine of any kind. Although I know my son has to take it for his asthma, I definitely didn’t want him taking it for his adhd. So, I researched other ways to help him learn to deal with it. Also, I looked into foods to help him and foods we should avoid. Strangely enough, I found eggs in the morning really did help him. This was great until I learned he couldn’t tolerate dairy because of stomach issues!

So, while on the adhdnews forum, I came across several posts on omega’s. Curious, I looked them up. It seemed they were all positive. The omega’s had already been proven to help with heart health, so what could it hurt? I started putting flax oil in his breakfast. He didn’t know. And, although he was still in school so I couldn’t see a dramatic difference since he was gone, it did seem he had less trouble in school when he was taking it. After awhile, I told him about it. He took it willingly for awhile and then decided he didn’t want to take it anymore. By that time we were homeschooling and it didn’t seem to be as much of an issue since the learning was so different.

But, a few weeks ago, things changed. He had been complaining that his brain was going overwhelmingly fast. It was driving him crazy. And, for awhile, he had been driving me crazy because he was not getting anything done- and having a bad attitude! So, I asked him if he wanted to try the flax oil again. We were in the car and I told him if he wanted to, we would stop and get it right then. He gave me an emphatic “Yes!” So, we stopped at the health store- you can actually get it anywhere and would probably be much cheaper other places but I wanted some questions answered too.

This post is getting too long. Stay tuned for the results.

American Youth

August 30, 2007

I just got back from an overnight trip.  Since I wasn’t driving, it was the first time in forever that I had a chance to spend some quality time reading!  Usually, I have 50 million other things to do and even if I do sit  down to read, I am interrupted either by someone or the thought of something I think I should be doing.  But, yesterday and today, I had a chance to do some guilt- free reading!  It was wonderful!

Awhile back, when I went to vidit my cousin, she gave me a book.  Her friend wrote it and he even came over and wrote in the book for me.  How cool is that?  So, when I got home, I opened “American Youth” and started to read.

I couldn’t put it down at first.  Each page made me turn to the next wondering what would happen next.  And, the great thing about it was that I was quickly through several chapters.  As I said, unfortunately reading for fun doesn’t have a permanent time slot in my schedule.  So, I loved that it was a quick read- not that it wasn’t deep or thought provoking- just simply written to be understood.  So, then, quickly came a twist in the plot that set me back.  I think that’s what made it take so long for me to pick up the book again.  Not that it wasn’t a good book- I just had to digest it- take it in.  You see, it’s about a boy about my son’s age.  And, the reality of it all set me back.  My son is a good kid- really I am blessed.  But, a tragic event can happen to anyone.  And, the after effects- the quick spiral downward from there- was something I am glad I didn’t read about until  I had a chance to digest it all.  In the end, the resolution was good- realistic and not a fairytale. 

I’m glad I had the chance to read it.  I think it’s something, as a mom, that gives me insight into the pressures a boy can face.  And, for a teen, how easily things can spiral down without even noticing they are moving.  So, even though at times I was kind of freaked out as a mom, I was also grateful for an opportunity to peek into the mind of a teenage boy.

So, thankyou Phillip LaMarche for sharing with us all!  And thankyou Annabel for sharing with me!

Getting Organized

August 28, 2007

Since I didn’t really feel like running any marathons this weekend after my migraine episodes last week, I decided to do the next best thing.  I got organized for the new school year!  While surfing around the internet for ideas, I stumbled across a few pretty cool sites to help me out.  Although it wasn’t my initial goal, after finding a few sites, I was soon on a quest to get everything organized.

Since my son is oin 8th grade, I am getting closer to being scared to death about making sure he has everything he needs for high school so that he can get into college.  The panic hasn’t officially set in, but it’s definitely on it’s way!  I use different curriculums for different subjects- even different grade levels for different subjects (all 8th or higher).  So, I am not one of the lucky ones who sends the work off and gets official transcripts, etc.  So, this year, I have to keep a record of everything.  And then I wonder what I need to prove what he knows?  My records?  His actual work?  Or will he have to take a bunch of placemnt tests – which is not good since he is not a happy tester? 

So, I found a site with the official state standards.  Then, I found a great site that had a ton of printable pages to help homeschoolers.  I used this one http://highland.hitcho.com.au/curriculum.pdf to help me focus on what I want to accomplish and how I am going to get it done.  Coordinating the state standards and his curriculum, I typed out my plan of action.

Then- here’s the fun part- I went to staples to buy supplies.  I got a cool binder, a bunch of cheap folders, markers, and – my prsonal favorite- a 3 hole punch!  I used the folders as dividers since it was much cheaper than buying actual binder dividers- go figure! 

So, now each subject has a place in my binder- complete with goal sheets and state standards.  Then, as each goal is achieved, I will put a copy of the “proof” of the accomplishment in my binder.  You see now why I really needed my very own 3 hole punch!

So, I now feel like I am armed and ready for another year of fun and learning!

“I Carried a Watermelon”

August 26, 2007

Raise your hand if you can name the title of the movie that quote is from.  C’mon!   It’s ok- you can all admit it!  Dirty Dancing is a classic!  They are making it into a musical now.  (read about it here http://www.dirtydancingonstage.com/)  They just announced it will open a year from now in Chicago.  It’s already a hit in London.  That announcement triggered a trip down memory lane.

When I was younger, I used to watch it all of the time.  I hadn’t seen it for at least 10 years.  So, I decided to rent it from the library this weekend.  I watched it last night.I knew every plot twist- every line actually, if you want to know the truth.  But, I watched it through much different eyes- the eyes of an adult/ a parent.  When I was younger, I loved the romance, the excitement of thier dancing. 

This morning, when I was thinking about it (it was way to late to think when it ended last night) I thought about the lessons in the movie.  My alternate title for this post was “Dirty Dancing- homeschool curriculum?  OK.  So, I’m not quite ready for my 13 year old son to watch them dance.  And, I don’t advocate Baby lying to her parents and sneaking out.  But, there are points to be made.  Baby is the one who sees people for who they really are- not the size of thier wallet or the place they grew up.  This is an admirable quality I want my son to know.  Baby sees a problem  and figures out how to make it right- not just accept it.  This is something I want my son to do.  That is a valuable quality both in everyday life and out in the work force.  I had never really listened closely to her speach to her dad after she admitted to being with Johnny in order to save him from being fired.  She apologizes for her actions- a good thing- but then goes on to share her feelings of sadness and disappointment.  After being taught to treat everyone equal, she realizes that only meant in thier class of people.  Strong words from a daughter to her father, I know.  But, is it disrespect or sharing her feelings of confusion of what’s really expected of her?  I guess it’s a matter of perception.

So, I think this movie does have some learning points to it- both for parents and children.  What do we expect from our children?  Are we allowing them to live as we are teaching them to live?  And for children- there were mistakes made and consequences for the actions.  But, there are also strong lessons such as not being judgemental and keeping an open mind.  Also, the concept of identifying not only the problem, but the solution and working to remedy it is a valuable skill.

So, is my son going to sit down and watch it with me tonight?  No.  Am I going to consider it in the future?  Yes- consider.  Am I going to think more about the lessons from the movie and how I can instill them into my son?  Yes- definitely!