sw = overwhelming over stimulation

learning all the time,parenting | Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

psychadelic

i have never had a really fantastic time at Science World and i cringe at the thought of going each time Little A asks to return but he reeeeeally has been wanting to go for a long while now and he is so interested in science and experiments and inquisitive about how things work and so we went and as always i am beyond bafflement. It has so much potential to be a truly rich experience but it’s always such a gong show!! i wonder do parents, teachers and employees of science world consider it a place to let children of all ages let loose? For me, a park or equivalent wide open space is where to roam freely, to run and let loose. Science world on the other hand deserves a bit of respect. i feel that children should be encouraged to slow down and savor the experience bit by bit rather than be allowed to frantically run from one thing to the next, stepping on toes, knocking folk over and PUSHING others out of the way to put themselves first in line!!! The behaviors i witnessed were appalling and my own children were no stellar exception. It’s a difficult environment to be in and the frantic energy is quite impossible to tune out. Even when we would find ourselves a little spot it would only be seconds before someone or a group of 10+ bounded right along, pushing the same buttons or trying to sit on the same seat. At first i tried to communicate gently with the children that we are taking turns and giving each other space and while i found it effective it was exhausting due to the sheer volume of kids. They really did seem open to direction but they were each others leaders and “free for all” was the going message. After a short while i fended only for my own children and only reminded my own children that while others may push and shove it didn’t make it right for us to follow suit and that hopefully in waiting, our turns would soon come. it was disheartening. Am i just too sensitive? Is this kind of experience ok with any of you? How do you all manage to get the best out of these overwhelming public spaces? i want to be able to show my children how to manage themselves in challenging environments but i can’t even find my own peace in it. I aim to go at quieter times but so far it’s never been quiet there. It would be awesome if, like swimming pools and skating rinks, they had times and/or areas designated to specific age groups. I’m all for the whole family experiencing things together but with a 2 and 8 year old there are huge differences in how they experience this sort of venue. In retrospect science world is not an ideal place for the very young and while Little M did seem to really love it i don’t think it was worth the tantrum upon leaving and the lengthy wind down afterwards? I suspect a trip to the park would have been equally exciting and perhaps more enriching for his senses. As for Little A (nearly 8)¬† it’s really hard to become fully engaged in one experience¬† when there are really little ones teetering about in awe of all things bright, flashy and spinning or when there are large groups of unsupervised school aged children budging and taking over. For myself i think i could have a good time there with Little A if we feel like we have all the time in the world and if we take a lunch break outside to absorb some of all we’ve seen before going back in for more. (the photos make it look tame enough but i assure you it was total chaos every other moment and i was hardly able to have my camera out);

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forest and meadow

adventuring & exploring,delicious,nature,seasons | Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

the sun was shining bright as it should so close to summer and we left home earlier than we have been lately – early enough to have a nice picking selection of wild berries along a favorite forest path. i love the shades of salmon berries. we wonder if maybe some people don’t know that the yellow berries are as ripe and sweet as the red ones because there were so many big, huge, ripe, yellow berries still within easy reach. it was such a good morning out with my boys.

berries from the forest

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see last year – same season, place and sharing of berries;

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i’m becoming more in the habit of taking self portraits. i wish there were more photographs of my own mama to look back on and i wonder if my own boys will be so curious one day long in the future;

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grade one is done

celebrations,waldorf learning and living | Thursday, June 14th, 2012

There have been so many changes in my not so little boy this year. To many i have confessed that 7 has been the most challenging year for me as a parent thus far and it’s true that much of the challenge continues… still i try to find my grace and patience to be the parent i long to be. Sass aside, my boy is pretty awesome and i am so proud of his accomplishments in play and work throughout grade 1. Going into it he said he didn’t need to go to school because he already knew his letters and numbers and was self taught reading and creative in play… he was pleasantly surprised to discover that there are many other ways of learning and many more games and stories than the ones i remember and that other children are fun to be around….on the whole Grade 1 was a huge success! We’ve spent much of our first day of Summer break going through his main lesson books which are now tucked away. Here’s just a few favorites;

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paintings & drawings

 

main lesson books

year end picnic;

sun bread

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first weekend of June

brothers,celebrations,family,playful | Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

happy birthday papa bear! we stopped in to deliver a (smooshed) chocolate mousse and explore the work place a bit before carrying on across the street to the children’s festival;

at work with papa

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buckets of beans

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May 2012

30 day challenges,beaches,day to day,seasons | Friday, June 1st, 2012

In retrospect May was full and long with a whole lot of ocean side;

kits beach;

hello great blue

second beach;

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fisherman’s wharf;

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beacon hill view;

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adventurers before sun down;

adventurors

jericho beach;

hello sunshine

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my sister’s first mama’s day;

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adoring little cousin;

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birthday boy;

little knight

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last day of m's bday tulips

playtime with grandma P;

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{this moment}

lilacs and days cooped up trying to feel better……

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he's been unwell

mama’s birthday (photo by little M);

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sunny adventures;

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bring it on June!

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