Each day moves forward without prompting. We start when the rest of the kids leave the house. 8am – four kids off to school. 8:30 breakfast and clean up 9:00 play time 9:30 exercise period 10:00 study math 10:30 break 11:00 spelling lessons 11:30 – 1 lunch 1pm grammar and reading. 1:30pm. done for the day For exercise we use games on the Wii. When it gets warmer, we will go outside. We also have an exercise bike. Three times a week, we try to have an outing of some kind. Go to the store, a cafe, bank or whatever. Our day varies depending on his temperament and how he is responding. Because of the severity of the ADHD, the above schedule is very flexible. Some days we might not get started until 11am and might get done at 1. We work when he is able to focus and function.
While we didn’t launch any rockets today, it was none the less, a success. Why? Well, David got upset because one of the sibs didn’t want to play with him. We have a rule, that when a sib calls David’s name a certain way, then David has to stop what he is doing and come out to the living room for a few minutes. Well, a sib called his name a number of times, and David didn’t think that he had to listen to and obey the rules. So he ended up on time out. Now the time out rule is that the quicker you settle down, the quicker you can return to have fun. Normal time-out length is one minute for each year of life, but we don’t start the time out until after his is calmed down. He ended up not being able to play for most of
Well, my pre-teen has signed up for a facebook account again. What to do… ? Well, we did a couple of things. reset the password add a second email to the account. (whenever he tries to change the password, I get notified.) the only way he gets to use the account is if an adult is with him. break the rules, no computer. He has created accounts in the past, really it isn’t that hard to convince facebook that you are old enough to have an account. We have deactivated his accounts in the past. Why are we giving in this time? Pick your battles. In the month since he has been home from the residential facility, he has done very well. Our rules for facebook: No pictures outside of the ones that mom and dad have approved. no negative posts. no cussing. all friends have to be approved by