Me and my kiddo

Me and my kiddo

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Charlotte's Web

Almost 200 pages, a sick kid splatted on the couch, and a new reading comprehension technique that I wanted to try [rubbing hands gleefully]... Cameron and I shared the whole book (Charlotte's Web) together this week and he absolutely loved it!  He didn't want to let it go back to the library, but was OK once he knew we got to keep our record of "What we know" and "Questions We Have" (technique).  Snuggly couch times are wonderful moments to treasure :)

Other things to share:

This week's Objectivist Round Up:

Cute antics?:
I'm afraid nothing popped up this week, but he's been rather sedate fighting a cough/fever bug.  I've perfected staying supportive, while not getting pulled in to the emotional trauma of the occasional emotional flooding.  So, this incident actually made me smile yesterday... it was at least 45 minutes of wailing because, first I declined to get the cheese out of the refrigerator for him and then, I wouldn't cut it.  Rough life for a kid.  I continued to express understanding for the difficulties of his choices.


  1. I totally understand what you mean by being supportive but not getting pulled in by the emotions of your child. I have had to work on that from day 1 with Livy. When I can manage to do it, her crying and screaming can actually make us closer and she learns to handle her emotions better. When I get involved with the drama, we end up feeling disconnected and she learns that her emotions are my job instead of hers.

    Also, we loved Charlotte's Web too. We did that one as a bath tub read aloud. (Livy and I play and soak in the tub, while Aaron reads to us.)

  2. Hi Kelly, I'm amazed how positive the results are too! It seems like they'll never return from such blazing heat. It's definitely one of those really challenging skills though. I can still get caught a bit when my son is cranky, but my dear, spirited child has given me so much practice with the emotional storms. So, I'll occasionally catch myself in returning a brief tit for tat of snarky comments, but tantrums bring out my best. How ironic is that!

    It's like he gets to that level and I automatically switch to identifying emotions, offering suggestions, and just staying calm while he copes with reality and processes emotions on high rev. What was that Jenn noted recently... practice makes improvement!

    Ya, I read that original article too. Considering the shrieks of frustration I was hearing yesterday because the plane's lego wings kept snapping off, I think my son could really benefit from this idea :)