Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thankful Thursday: Weirdness Explained

It's been a weird week. Jonas has come home from school the past two days and gotten right to work on his chores and his homework. No complaining. No procrastinating. No tears. Add to that the fact that he's not only stopped complaining about feeling sick in the mornings but has also been asking to go to school early, and it's felt a little surreal. As with most things in life, there's always an explanation.

The kid who's eager to do his chores is a little weird until you realize that this is the first week that we've agreed to give him an allowance. The deal is that every day he has to feed and water the cats, take out the recycling, clean the cat litter boxes and make sure that his room is clean. We were on the fence for a long time about an allowance but there's so many benefits to it that we're going to give it a try and see how it goes.

The kid who is determined to get his homework done right after school is a little weird until you realize that he's been given on-line assignments this week. Other than some math homework, he's been able to do his assignments on the computer this week. Typing and clicking eliminates his frustration and anxiety about his handwriting. Throw in a fun game or two to reinforce the concept of the homework, and he's actually smile during homework time this week. We're all thrilled that his teachers have responded so immediately and positively to his changing needs!

The kid who wants to go to school instead of experiencing gastrointestinal distress every morning is weird until you realize that we're eliminating milk from his diet. We've stopped giving him milk in the mornings and this has significantly improved the way he feels. Removing dairy eliminates a pretty dependable nutrition source for him though, so we're on the hunt for new soloutions to boost his daily calories.

The kid who wants to go to school early in the morning is still a little weird. We haven't figured that one out yet but we're not complaining either. As long as he wants to go to school, we're going with it.

It really is incredible what a few small changes can make.


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