Summer Break Begins with ADHD; Princess Nagger’s Father Time Spin; and some Inspiration with Coffee

Today is Day 2 of the – is it time for school to start again, yet?? Just kidding. Though I bet was wishing school was already in session, since we spent four hours yesterday at the Behavioral unit for a doc to pick his brain and confirm or deny the pediatrician’s assessment of his ADHD and ODD.

Based on behavioral issues that have been raising their ugly head, we were wondering what the game plan would be to make this a pleasant summer for everyone concerned, and get him prepped for second grade next year.

The diagnosis of ADHD and ODD still stands. As you’ll note from this picture, he is constantly in motion – not even looking at the fishies (and spotting Nemo amongst the other fins) had him stop even for a heartbeat:

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He qualifies for a something 504 and an I.E.P. for school next year – now to figure out how to go about getting all that done at the start of the school year. Anyone familiar with any of that who might have some great advice for this newbie? It’s a polar opposite world from the easy time we’ve had with ’s advanced learning skills.

Yesterday was the learning portion of the program – next up will be an actual Behavioral Analysis (which I thought was yesterday’s appointment, but all this red tape and baby steps are confusing). At that point we’ll find out what options are needed whether it’s medication or something else. I’ll keep you posted.

In other news… Last week Princess Nagger had me share a picture – I was under the impression she drew it, but alas, she did not, it was a friend of hers who did. This week, however, she provided me with an alternate ‘Father Time’ dubbed ‘Daddy Time’ (I know, she’s totally out there) that she actually drew, and had me post on Facebook in honor of Father’s Day this past Sunday:

its that TIME again haha

She’s been lamenting about how she’s unable to draw people, though cartoon-ish ones she knocks out of the park. Her strengths are in cool animals – maybe I can convince her next week to share one of her amazing animal drawings.

Totally changing gears… I’m thinking about starting a new blog – I’d keep this one status quo, but have thought about maybe doing one about Menopause and Puberty – being that I’m starting to enter pre-menopause and Princess Nagger is starting puberty.

I know, you’re all jealous of the fun we’ll be having in this household, aren’t you?

So what do you think? Personally I think it’d be a fun anecdotal type blog that would hopefully be fun to read. Of course Princess Nagger is not fond of the idea, but I bet she’d warm up to it if I do it comically rather than make her look like a total dork.

It’s time once again for Leslie’s (aka Rory Bore) Tuesday Chat!

This week’s prompt or question is:

“Only 2 more chats before I take my summer break!!! Be Inspired!! Share something that inspired you this week: a quote, a photo, a story in the news. Let’s spread some positivity! “

This one’s easy – this. This is definitely an inspirational thing:

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This team photo of an Edmond girls softball team went viral – because it’s not only cute, it’s a powerful statement. 

The parents who coached that cute team – most of them – decided they were simply going to enjoy themselves rather than worry about winning. They came in dead last, but the entire season they had a blast.

From the news article:

Some of the girls really enjoyed playing, hitting and running, but others played in the dirt and got distracted by airplanes they saw in the sky. Either way was OK. The moms and dads just wanted the girls to try a sport they might not otherwise and enjoy themselves while they were doing it.

Success was measured in smiles and giggles.

So, at the end of the season, they decided their team picture should reflect the fun.

I love that the photographer decided to do something this fun – all the girls are huge fans of Frozen, so naturally they all had an Elsa dress. Booyah! .

When she took this particular shot, she told them to look tough and mean – pretend their brother stole something from them. I love it! I also love what the mom photographer said about the picture:

“Little girls that are in beautiful sparkly dresses are OK to look a little tough and look a little mean,” Betsy said. “I’ve heard words like ‘fierce’ thrown out.

“It’s OK to be strong and empowered.”

And especially this:

“You’re a little girl, and you can do anything,” she said. “Don’t let people get in your way. Go for it. Wear an Elsa dress and play softball.” 

So there ya go. Totally inspirational, don’t you think?

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5 thoughts on “Summer Break Begins with ADHD; Princess Nagger’s Father Time Spin; and some Inspiration with Coffee

  1. You definitely want to get him under the 504 umbrella. The school can determine the best accommodations to meet his needs. The educators really do care about his educational and behavioral needs. I’m not sure LEP would be the best fit unless English is not his first /or primary language. Get the 504 in place as soon as you can when school starts. Please email me if you want to know more and I will try to help. The assistant principal or a guidance counselor is usually the team lead for 504/ Let me know if I can help in any way.

  2. I love the softball picture. Those parents seemed to have a good handle on what participating in sports should be about–the fun.

  3. Hopefully you will cross paths with someone in your school district who has navigated the system, as they all seem to have their own “personalities”. I know you will be a great advocate for LD!

    Could you will PN over by letting her guest post now and then? Puberty and peri-menopause together might sound even worse than peri plus graduation…bring on the tissues!

  4. oh geez… I just noticed I didn’t link up!!! duh!
    maybe I need my brain tested. scratch that — I am too afraid of what they will find…. or maybe, what they won’t find! LOL
    I hope everything goes smoothly for you though.
    That picture is amazing. Like several shades of shut up and smack me silly terrific. Love it!
    good show on those moms for letting the girls have fun, and do their thing.

  5. That picture your daughter drew is just awesome and the one with all the little girls, priceless.

    I really wish more teams had that mentality of playing for fun verses winning all the time. It sure takes the fun out of the sport at that age.