Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.



Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I don't want to make light of the situation, but I kept picturing myself while reading this...bumping my way to the coffee pot in the morning. :-)

What I think it so great here, and deserves a huge compliment to you, is that your boy has the kind of parents who tuned into his needs and have figured out the tools L needs to navigate his day. I know it doesn't always work, but how great that you've figured out something so simple as a snack helps the after school routine. Some day, he will be a man and know this about himself. He'll have a mini fridge in his office and crack that ginger ale when he feels the stress building. You are giving him such building blocks. Kudos.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Oh, thanks Omaha--I love picturing him with a mini fridge in an office one day! You made me smile...

Hetha's picture Hetha

I always love to read stories about L. because they never cease to illuminate something that I've been going through in my journey parenting Ethan. Just in recent days, Ethan has become very interested in 2 visual dictionaries. I tuck him into bed each night with 2 books and he has consistently chosen his dictionaries for about a week. And like L., he does so much better after school if he has a snack and drink to help refocus. I also carry snacks everywhere!

I wonder why the woman at the store feels so compelled to talk about that school each time you see her? Funny.

mouse's picture mouse

I had to take this very book away from the tight clutches of a 7th grader today. Just for class, but she literally couldn't focus well enough even to open her textbook as long as it was within her reach. This is, as it happens, a student I'm almost positive has Asperger's.

We sometimes send E. to his room, not as punishment, but because he's too worked up to realize that he needs to be away from stimuli and to spend some time with his Legos. He really NEEDS that kind of time.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Mouse--L. often needs a book near him on his desk while he's working. SOmetimes this is too much a distraction, of course, but on the other hand he seems to need it near him in order to get through the class. It's a fine line...! We used to have to force solitude of sorts onto L., too, when he was younger. A benefit of having an older child has definitely been that he's learned when he needs to be alone.

I don't know why that woman brings up the same story every time we go there. I haven't spoken with her about anything in-depth re: L. or school--maybe something about him reminds her of her nephew!

wheelchair's picture wheelchair

right said We breathed such a sigh of relief when the day came and we could push him through stores again, or on walks, without all the accompanying screams.
I appreciate your post, thanks for sharing the post, i would like to hear more about this in future.