I wouldn't condone it either, but a small part of me would be cheering if Owen reacted the same way as Henry. I've told him to make the teachers aware if the boys are making him feel bad. Then I asked him what kids from his class he likes playing with. Then I told him that was great and to play with those kids and stay away from the other two.
Owen said he had a good day yesterday and the teachers agreed. They are trying to encourage him to speak up when the boys are doing something he doesn't like instead of just to start crying and he's making some headway there. I'm glad they're teaching him coping skills, but I really wish he didn't have to learn them so early.View Thread
Yesterday when I dropped DS off at preschool, two boys were getting out of their car at the same time. They started yelling at him and taunting him to the point where DS didn't even want to go through the door. DS was crying and the other mom out the kids in timeout while the teacher and I got DS settled. It's been bothering me ever since. Bullies at 4 years old. Geez. I spoke to the director today and she indicated that she was aware of the incident and it's not the only instance. She said they were working with the family and they boys have targeted other kids and it's not just DS. she said the other mom was taking it seriously. I'm going to give it a few days, but DS was afraid to go to school today. I guess part of me wants to vent, but part is wondering if anyone else has dealt with this and what they did.
I suppose I'm extra sensitive around this because of DS's disability. While it's not highly noticeable right now, at some point in the not too distant future, DS will be wearing leg braces full time as I do, and what kind of bullying is he going to experience then when he's definitely going be different? Ugh. I just wish I could protect him from everything, including these bullies....View Thread
The cutoff here is September 1st. DS has a Sept 26th birthday, so unless we want to have him tested in (which you can do if they have a birthday from 9/1-9/30), he will start kindergarten the following year.
I have no issue with him waiting an extra year. I'm sure he would be fine academically starting this year, but I like the idea of him getting another year of preschool under his belt socially. Additionally, he's tiny for his age and with his physical disability, I am hoping he'll catch up a little physically (knowing he'll never be exactly where the other kids are).
I'm glad the town made the decision easy for me with the cutoff they have. If he was scheduled to start this year, we probably would send him, but it definitely would have given me pause.View Thread
Chicken Ciaccatori - Freeze two chicken breasts (bone in). Place frozen chicken breasts in crock pot. Cover with 1 can tomato puree (or however you like your tomatoes!), 1 tsp oregano, 1 red pepper and onion (cut in chunks) and 1/4 cup white wine. Red pepper flakes to taste. I serve it with egg noodles. One of our favorites in the crockpot.View Thread
That's wonderful! I will definitely be signing up DS when he's old enough. My dad was an eagle scout - he learned so much and credits a lot of who he is to his time with the scouts. In fact, his love of the outdoors propelled him to his current job - park ranger.View Thread
I would get rid of the pull ups. For DS, it was no different than diapers. Moving him to actually underwear made a huge difference (more laundry for a period of time, definitely, but he picked it up pretty quickly). We also used M&Ms as rewards.
Busy weekend - I got some new living room furniture delivered and had no time to enjoy it! Saturday we went to Boston to drop my sister and nephew off at the Bruins game and then did some shopping around Quincy Market. Sunday we headed to Connecticut for my niece's 4th birthday party. I'm ready for a weekend where we can relax and maybe be as productive around the house as you were! But I don't know when that will happen.View Thread
Thank god, it's over. Now maybe we can move forward and start to figure out what the new normal will be. This was a long week and one I hope to never repeat. Proud of my fellow Bostonians, police and first responders. There's a lot of good in this world....we need to remember that in times like this.View Thread
Another scary day here. We're all following the news closely, hoping this is resolved soon. Boston is shut down - it's just crazy. An entire city in lockdown. The toll this is taking on the area is immense. I was supposed to be headed into the city today for a meeting that was cancelled.
We watched in horror as this kind of thing happened in other cities and were able to say 'that can't happen here'. Not anymore. We can't cling that that.
It's school vacation week in Massachusetts. For those with school aged kids, many of their plans have been disrupted so they are keenly aware of what is happening. What should be a fun week full of trips to the Boston Aquarium, the Museum of Science, the Marathon, Bruins, Red Sox and Celtics games are cancelled. Instead, they're watching video of bombings and SWAT teams. Just horrible.View Thread