Tuesday, March 28, 2017


G likes to set alarms on his watch or phone.  He imagines that the vibrating alarms will wake him up.  Recently he set 5 alarms from 7:00am-7:15am.  On day 1 this woke up dad who threw the phone in the yard.  Saturday and Sunday the alarm wasn't set to go off.  Yesterday the alarm woke me on a day that I was exhausted from waking in the night with the little ones.  Similarly today, it woke me and I was super not happy about it.  I got up and slapped G's leg to get him up.  I told him to give me his phone.  I turned off the alarms and proceeded on a tiring day with the baby who had also been waken by the alarms. 

A little while later I realized I didn't know where my watch was with my own alarm set for 7:30.  I didn't find it in time to keep it from waking P who put it on the kitchen counter.  D'oh!

Later when I realize the need to forgive as I hoped to be forgiven for my own thoughtlessness, I told G not to set alarms.  I explained that he was setting up a Rube Goldberg machine where he sets off an alarm to wake the parents that will then wake him up.  And I explained that his parents really didn't like this cycle.  So if he wanted to stop being waken by angry parents, he needed to stop setting alarms.  If he wants us to wake him up, he should ask us to set our own alarms.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

hard things

G is having a hard time with his online class.  This module has 16 pages with 5 practice questions on each page solving multi-variable equations.  It's ridiculously more hard than previous modules.  He got stuck thinking he had to finish it before having computer time, so he just spun his wheels.  I've been doing the problems along with him.  It's been fun helping each other through mistakes.  We often forget to add a +/- sign or put down the wrong number when we're re-writing the equation.  It takes us about an hour to get through 2 pages!  One of the nights, he went to bed, then proceeded to stay up until midnight reading.  The next day he was grumpy and didn't get any work done.  He said that everyone else has it easier than him and that we don't love him because we won't just let him play all day...  I hope we finish the module tonight and he knows the material well enough to move on.  This is really teaching him that sometimes you can only do part of the work, then rest and try to do more the next day, and the next.  He's used to having it be easy. 


I wanted to make jam, and like always, I realized I didn't have quite enough sugar.  Rather than go to the store I asked G to calculate ...