Professor Mom

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

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I'm glad you were able to have that happy moment of nostalgia. We all need those! Your trip sounds so great, have a terrific long weekend!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks, Omaha!!


mouse's picture mouse

For the longest time, or at least longer than was necessary, I would try to get Scooter to chat about his day at preschool. I told myself it was a good time to work on his speech and memory weaknesses. And he would not answer me, eventually told me to be quiet. I try now not to ask too much on the way home, and a good part of the walk might be conducted in silence or discussing something not at all school-related. I've learned to enjoy those times for what they are. When he starts talking about his latest idea for an invention and loses himself in the thought, I often have moments like you describe. Those are such necessary and restorative moments.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I learned to stop asking, just like you did...when it's just me picking up L. from school he asks for the classical music to be turned on in the car and we drive home in silence, while he decompresses. The challenge for us is always when T. is along. She chatters and sings and it's painful for L., so he gets very upset. It's not fair for either one of them, and we haven't figured out an answer yet.


mouse's picture mouse

Trillian just made this suggestion: headphones for L. plus whatever media player, even an old CD or cassette player. That might give him a buffer when T.'s there too.

I'll be interested to see what the dynamics are with our two.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I'm afraid to tell you the dynamics shift tremendously when there are two!

We have tried headphones, and he even got his own MP3 player a few years ago for his birthday. For whatever personal reasons, he refuses to wear these in the car at all. What does work somewhat is giving him something to munch (pretzels, saltines) while we're driving. It seems to keep him focused. He hates the sensation of being trapped with sounds and scenery whizzing by.