ADHD is not a moral choice

But apparently a lot of grownups still think it is. I have no idea how else to explain why a school resource officer in Kentucky decided to handcuff an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, both of whom have ADHD, on separate occasions because they wouldn't listen and they were getting physically aggressive. A school administrator took a video of the boy sitting there in handcuffs, crying -- for 15 MINUTES -- and now the kids' parents and the ACLU are suing over it.Again, an 8-year-old boy with special needs was left sitting in handcuffs for 15 minutes ....more

Workarounds

Kiddo is fine, except when he isn't. That is, he's fine until something upsets him, and then he says mean things and is generally unpleasant to be around. That's the pattern these days.DH and I have figured out that if he's having a meltdown, he's either tired or hungry or both ....more

The tadpole saga

Our neighbors were traveling abroad. I volunteered to babysit their tadpole.It was a symbolic tadpole. The kids were supposed to release them once they became frogs ....more

Last day countdown

Today is the last day of school. Today was also kiddette's class writing presentation. I thought it started at 9:30 ....more

The changeling

It's hard to know how to handle a kid who changes all the time.Sometimes he's a sweetie who likes to give hugs. Sometimes he's the kid who cheerfully went along with me to the farm for CSA pickup last week, helped me pick out the veggies on our list, and ran along the ground to marvel at the rows of potatoes he helped plant.And then sometimes he's the kid who kicks his teacher, throws things, and runs out of the room so he doesn't have to do his classwork.We're not entirely sure which kid we're going to get on which day. Sometimes he gets dressed without a problem ....more

Slightly better?

So far so good, anyway. I'm not sure kiddo is any different, but the setting is different, and I think that's what he needed most -- to be in a room where there's always someone to help him, and he isn't automatically the bad kid, and the other kids are more or less like him anyway. Arguably he needed that at least a year ago ....more

And then it all went bad

And I'm still not sure why or how. He was great for a week and a half, then he started chasing kids around the classroom with a stapler. And scribbling potty words all over the walls of the room with a pink highlighter ....more

Our ER day

So the kids were helping Daddy clean the garage. And then kiddette started -- I'm told -- swinging a broom around for fun. And then -- I'm told -- the broom connected hard with kiddo's forehead ....more

Somebody pinch me

Because kiddo has had a good week. In fact he's halfway through his second good week. No calls from the school ....more

The six-minute rule

No, not for food dropped on the floor. (I think that's a 30-second rule.) For kiddo's behavior. He's great for six minutes ....more