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Goose and Carrot - 22nd November

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Good morning all.

It's ds' 7th birthday today. He has been packed off to school with a Minecraft Manual and a badge with 7 on it. He is especially please he is now an odd number hmm

GP this morning referred baby Starlight to a Paediatrician which is a relief and allows me to not worry that something is being missed and safely assume there are probably no issues.

I'm writing a Parent Governor statement which is coming together well. It's an interesting exercise for someone with a child who has been failed by the education system and has a history of bad relations with educational professionals. I've really had to turn some of my thinking around. Whether I get the role or not I think it is worthwhile and would recommend everyone has a go at writing their own statement.

autumnsmum Fri 22-Nov-13 15:16:31

Ouryve I went to beamish years ago my dad is quirky so I think I have visited every preserved steam railway in Britain.poor puppy

moosemama Fri 22-Nov-13 15:39:21

Thanks Polter.

I realise a wounded pup probably isn't all that huge in the big scheme of things. I think it just felt like the last straw after the week I've had.

On a more positive note, dh started his new job this week and is loving every minute of it. Which is great, as he had turned into such an old grouch while he was at his last place - he really hated it there. So his great week was perfectly balanced by my crappy one - typical! hmm

moosemama Fri 22-Nov-13 15:41:25

Ouryve, I used to love Beamish when I was little. Went there quite a few times over the years when we were visiting my step dad's parents.

Thepoodoctor Fri 22-Nov-13 15:53:26

Happy Birthday mini star!

Moose do hope puppy is soon on the mend.

ouryve Fri 22-Nov-13 15:59:49

Moose - we're hoping that we get our money's worth with the tickets. I like that the tickets now work as annual passes, so if the boys are bored after an hour, we can go back another time.

Ooh, have to look up Beamish.

Ds just arrived home with a present from his taxi escort and a card with £20 in from the driver. £20 shock he's only 7 and doesn't really understand the concept of money.

Obviously I can't return it but am I right in thinking that's a considerable amount of money?

Sorry about the poorly pup!!

PolterWho Fri 22-Nov-13 16:32:41

£20 shock

moosemama Fri 22-Nov-13 16:46:07

Ouryve the annual pass thing sounds like a great idea. Wish more places would do something similar.

Starlight - £20.00! shock Mine don't even get that much off family. Your ds must have really won their hearts. smile

ouryve Fri 22-Nov-13 16:48:47

£20! I don't spend much more than that on my 7yo, some years! (DS1 is much easier to buy for and has more expensive tastes!)

SummerRain Fri 22-Nov-13 16:57:36

It's a fairly typical amount to put in a card over here... is the driver Irish?

Thepoodoctor Fri 22-Nov-13 16:59:35

Sounds a lot to me. If he doesn't get money yet can you take him to the shop to 'spend' it and choose something a bit cheaper?

You must have a lovely driver and a lovely DS grin

SarahJanesthickerknickers Fri 22-Nov-13 17:29:28

Gosh, you lot have started on the wine early today!

Happy Birthday young Star. Can I join the '£20!?' shock brigade? That's more than my DSs get from their aunts and uncles.

I've had a long chat with the advisory teacher today. DS2 is struggling in Y9 because the work us getting harder and school is no longer 'fun.' He's coming out with more outbursts of upset and anger. They're not used to it, he's been pretty well behaved up until now for them. They're giving him extra sessions with a TA in exploring his emotions and trying to get him to self regulate. They've got no chance, he's always been up and down, depths of despair to giggles within minutes. Oh well, at least they're trying.

I have a meeting with the SENCo next week to discuss what options he should be thinking about. He's average academically, except in maths and IT, but he's finding all the writing difficult and cannot express his opinions or feelings at all. I'm not sure whether he'd be better off doing BTECHs or GCSEs and need help with subject choices. Still wondering if puberty is on it's way. He's 14 but physically small and emotionally young (2/3rds is the usual guesstimate? That makes him 9 1/2 or so.

SarahJanesthickerknickers Fri 22-Nov-13 17:30:53

*Its way, darn iPad.

autumnsmum Fri 22-Nov-13 17:41:22

The London transport museum has an annual pass which is. Great if you have a child that likes it as much as my ds

zzzzz Fri 22-Nov-13 18:09:01

Happy birthday starboy grin and shock at £20

The community dentist was FANTASTIC grin I nearly cried though blush no one ever treats ds like that. He did everything asked. Was polite and happy. He had X-rays taken (he had to stand alone in the room with the machine circle ing his head shock !!!)

Why can't people just be like that everywhere? WHY? He could function perfectly well if people would just be kind. angry

And the dentist CARES about ds's teeth. He's going to sort out the cavities which he says are not deep and remove a baby tooth and fill in some crannies in his molars so he doesn't get cavities with white stuff and paint his teeth with fluoride every 6 months to harden the enamel.

My cup runneth over.

PolterWho Fri 22-Nov-13 18:10:06

We've got a lovely dentist for ds, it makes such a difference. So pleased it went well smile

youarewinning Fri 22-Nov-13 18:40:50

Happy Birthday Starboy.

starlight I haven't forgotton about P levels stuff - teacher off sick atm and so haven't been able to ask him.

OK here. Wrote a very to the point letter to school basically laying out that they have to let DS use the toilet if he asks, he has medical issues and questioning him about his need etc in front of peers is not helping. Also said they must make all staff aware.
DS had a ,moment' after getting changed for trampoling because his boxers were twisting - I ended up laughing which luckily didn't make things worse. I couldn't help it - he was yelling at his boxers to stop twisting because they were annoying him!

Firsttimer7259 Fri 22-Nov-13 19:30:13

Tired wave around the room. Hi everyone.
Happy bday star boy.
Got lots done this week - carers allowance - check, respite application - check, nanny hired - check, sleeping tabs for me and melatonin for lil girl ordered. Pour me a stiff drink
On top of all that parents evening made it pretty clear lil girl prob severely autistic sad

Zzzz - like that dentist!

Handywoman Fri 22-Nov-13 19:55:25

happy birthday mini-Star and what a productive day

also shock re £20

smile for the amazing, amazing, amazing dentist yes why are more people not like that

this week has been quite serene! dd2 been relaxed, fine at school, is totally absorbed in her Ancient Egypt topic, stood up in her class assembly, was calm and smiley and read beautifully. she is awesome!

PolterWho Fri 22-Nov-13 19:57:31

First you've earned yourself a good rest and some wine cake?

Well done Handygirl smile

ouryve Fri 22-Nov-13 19:59:04

First - it's almost wine o'clock!

lougle Fri 22-Nov-13 20:10:39

Happy Birthday Master-Star! Lucky you to get £20!!

Well I was feeling rather smug last night. After a couple of weeks of DD2 not settling in the evening, DD3 thought she'd join her. Eventually, in desperation and feeling awful that DD1 (the one who is 'officially' the disabled one) is settling beautifully even if she does then wake in the night, I came up with a plan.

I typed a tick chart with the days of the week and each of the girls' names. I typed underneath '5 ticks = Reward.' I showed to younger girls that I had ticked DD1's name for Thursday, and said that if they went straight to bed they could have a tick too.

DD3 rocketed up the stairs and DD2's worries magically disappeared and she scuttled off too.

Tonight, DD1 has got her tick. DD3 has got her tick. DD2 is still up sad It seems that even a tick isn't enough to stop her worries.

SummerRain Fri 22-Nov-13 20:11:38

Forgot to tell you all, ds1 is the narrator for the school play shock Should be interesting.... Last year he and the other 'difficult' boys were all donkeys and were only required to sit reasonably still and not attack anyone so this is new and interesting. He has the confidence for it but I forsee his teacher having to prompt him for every line as he'll be too distracted to pay attention!

PolterWho Fri 22-Nov-13 20:19:13

Can anyone help out this new poster please.

lougle dd2 might just need a different goal for her tick?

Summer narrator! Wow grin

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