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June 03, 2007



I can totally understand. I think of myself as a "kid" person not because I roll out those activities but because of my absolute devotion to my kids. I used to do the arts and crafts and all, and was endlessly frustrated with the five minute attention span, or worse "Mom is performing for me" that I got from my son. Then he was diagnosed as autistic and it changed everything.

Sometimes teaching kids the survival skills to keep things running smoothly despite heat, storminess and occasionally boredom is more important than sitting and playing Candyland. My son gets caught up in loops of behavior repeating the same activity, movement or verbalization for 15-20 minutes at a time. It took me a long time to not feel bad because I couldn't keep up my enthusiasm up.

There's nothing wrong with missing school and quieter (not to mention cleaner) days.

Dana Cameron

I get this, Charlaine. It's like what I call the myth of the faux Friday. I look forward to Friday all week, but it doesn't mean I won't be working on the weekend (and maybe even harder). The idea of Friday is an one that gets me through the week. Your velociraptor friend, Dana

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