I sat down on my bed to fold a batch of laundry and fell asleep for an hour-and-a-half. I woke up with bad dreams, drooling, and inhaling a rogue fabric softener sheet that somehow made its way from my laundry pile to my face.I hate falling asleep and waking up at this time of day…It’s depressing. It gave me a head ache and now I am cranky as hell.
So, in order to fight the bitchy, I’m going to sit here, type for a minute.Â It probably isn’t going to be witty, (Or pretty. Or gay.) just an update about my kids and their schooling.Â I will keep my fingers and finger-like toes crossed in hope that the two Aleve I took will start to work on the dull pounding going on in my neck, shoulders and brain.
I attended parent teacher conferences for both of my boys yesterday and I walked away feeling really good about it. Christopher is doing really well. He tends to wander off in his head from time to time, and needs to improve on spelling. I was doing part of his homework incorrectly with him, but apparently many of the parents were doing the same thing so now we have clarification and it will be fine.
I have loved volunteering in his classroom. Because I worked so hard and served so long as PTO President, the burnout was so bad that I could barely go into the school the last two years. Not even to help in the classroom. Frankly, the thought even walking through the doors made my eyes roll to the back of my head and break out in hives. I’m glad that the aversion has worn off. For one, I was beginning to fear I was turning into the chick from “The Exorcist” and that I was steps away from my head turning full circle and levitating in the evenings. For two, I’m having a good time helping out again and knowing the intimate details of my kids classroom.
I had my first middle school parent teacher conference about James. He has two low grades. However, it is because he there were one or two tests/assignments that he totally bombed and it just took a huge chunk out of his grade. His overall work ethic and grades have been consistent and good.
Is it terrible that I am not getting my knickers in a twist over a letter grade and am focusing on his improvement in life skills? I have been so worried about them. Every teacher every year says the same thing: He is very smart and they think that he has a very fun personality, his big problem is organization.
Yes, I know. It’s always been MY problem as well. So, how does someone who is chaotic help their child, who is also chaotic?The best way I can. It’s been a slow process because a lot of what I’m trying to help him with goes against my nature as well, but I’m trying. And he’s making progress.
We have what I am responsible for at home under control. His homework grades are excellent in every class. It is what goes on with his time management and keeping track of classwork that is holding him back. So, I am trying to talk to him and work on his organization at home and talking frequently to his teachers to see if it improves.
I dealt with the issue of James getting picked on. Every teacher is aware of it and I will be checking up with them to see if we need to take it to the next level of involvement. I am really hoping that we won’t have to, that they will just get board and stop soon. Cross your fingers.
Our school also holds Book Fair during conferences. I hated it this year. It was all from one publisher, so the selection was very “Eh”. I am a big believer in “You have to buy BOOKS at the book fair, not the random crap they also sell!”, but I didn’t recognize one book title from this publisher. Plus, it seemed to be geared for very young kids. It was frustrating. I should have just taken them to the book store. At least now I know to avoid the second one if I see it’s the same set up.
I’m going to get ready to eat Indian food with my girlfriends and watch the finale of “Top Chef”. I’m kinda voting for Dale or Casey (It would be nice to have a woman win.), although I will admit, Hung is very talented.
Thanks for being here for me during my cranky moment. Typing has helped diffuse the “AAARRRRRG”.