March 2009 - Posts

Migraines
Monday, March 30, 2009 2:02 PM
I believe that when I compare child birth (I’ve been through it twice) and migraine headaches, I prefer to give birth. Isn’t that a crazy thing to say? And yet, I meet many migraine sufferers who say the same thing. The pain associated with a migraine headache, combined with the sickness your body goes through, is absolutely awful. Nausea, fever, vomiting, and severe sharp pain that just won’t go away. I can deal with it on day 1 and sometimes day 2, but by day 3…look out ‘cause I’m going to lose it! Thankfully, I fought off one that tried to start this morning.

Migraines are very hard to get rid of, but there might be ways to prevent them from starting as often. One helpful medicine I have found is actually Excedrin Migraine and it is sold over the counter. Excedrin Migraine has worked better than any other medicine that my doctors have prescribed over the years, however, you have to take it once you feel the migraine coming on. Once you have the full blown paid and nausea, it won’t do a thing. I have found that mine often start as extreme exhaustion. I often wonder why I am so tired and then realize it is the start of a migraine. Excedrin does contain a lot of caffeine and since I don’t drink caffeine in my every day life,  that might be why it works so well for me. I don’t know if it would work the same for a caffeinated coffee or soda drinker.

I have found that many more women than men suffer from migraine, so it might be some sort of hormonal imbalance. All I know is, they hurt so bad you could go mad! For my fellow migraine sufferers, hang in there and please share your suggestions for prevention. I have heard that taking feverfew helps reduce the occurrence and intensity, so I might consider that as well.


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Home Schooling: The First Month
Thursday, March 26, 2009 10:05 AM

We are well into our first month of educating our children at home and I must say that it is going much smoother than I had planned. It was quite easy to get a routine going where we plan what they will do each day the night before, go over any concepts or instructions that are confusing to them, do a few practice problems together to be sure they understand what they are to do and then give them some work to do during the day at their own pace. With the help of literally hundreds of websites, blogs and software cd’s, home education is not as difficult as some may think. You really can give your children a much better education than the public school system can, if you are focused and you spend real quality time with them each day. Children have the learning capacity to move fast and yet comprehend what they are learning, so take advantage of that while they are young and eager to learn new things.

It also helps to be a part of a group who does the same for their children. That way you can compare notes, exchange helpful website links, discuss the best software to use, etc. Even in public schools, I have noticed that the trend of using the computer is growing. My oldest daughter took her reading comprehension tests on the computer rather than in her classroom on paper. I found that quite interesting since I did everything on paper when I was in school.

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Natasha Richardson Dies From Skiing Accident
Thursday, March 19, 2009 1:09 PM

Today’s news is saturated with a sad loss in the entertainment industry. 45-year old actress, Natasha Richardson has died due to a head injury after a skiing accident this past Monday. Richardson, wife of actor Liam Neeson, was injured during a private skiing lesson she was taking in Quebec. According to sources, Richardson seemed just fine immediately after the accident, even turning away the paramedics who responded to the scene. However, she complained of not feeling well about one hour after the accident took place. She was originally taken to a hospital in Montreal and then later flown to a hospital in New York where she passed away. No details on funeral arrangements have been released as of yet and the autopsy is now being done.

Richardson was a Tony award winner and has been seen in several movies. She is survived by her husband, Liam Neeson and two sons: Michael and Daniel. She is the daughter of actress, Vanessa Redgrave and director, Tony Richardson.

Reactions to the actress’ death have been numerous and it is seen all over not only the US, but also Britain, that she will be greatly missed. Many celebrities have already been quoted on their reaction to this tragic loss, including: Jodie Foster, Lindsay Lohan, Oprah Winfrey and Kelly Ripa.

I have not seen her Broadway performances or many of her movies, however I have somehow been drawn to the sadness of this story. I am a huge fan of her movie: “Maid In Manhattan.” and I do plan to see more of her work.


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Preschooler Brings Marijuana to School
Thursday, March 12, 2009 1:47 PM

This is awful! How in the world does something like this even happen? This was a 4 year old little boy whose brother uses marijuana. The boy knew what it was because he showed it to a classmate and told them it belonged to his brother. The 4 year old even called it “weed.”

The little boy was asked about where he obtained it from and he explained that it was his older brother’s. His mom explained that she has never found marijuana in the house and it was not in the bookbag when she packed it for him. The teacher went through the bag and found two more bags filled with the drug. The preschool has decided to ban bringing backpacks and bookbags to school, after this incident.

Now, I am the mother of a 5 year old and probably one of the sneakiest 5 year olds around, so I know that children will hide things on their way out the door. Of course, this type of substance should not have been within reach of the child and the child should not have known what it was.

For those of you who follow my blog, I did recently start homeschooling and stories like this one give us more and more assurance of making the right decisions. Of course, with the right training, children won’t get involved in taking drugs at such a young age. They just have to understand the dangers of it and be prepared to make a stand for when they are approached, not if they are approached. They need to see how bad off they can end up if they were to start taking such things and obviously the time to start teaching them is before they go to pre-school!

Do role playing at home and come up with different scenarios on how a child might approach your children to offer them something they should avoid. Just telling them to “stay away from drugs” won’t cut it these days. Children will disguise it to make it look like something desirable using phrases like: “it’s not a drug, but it will make you feel good. There is nothing wrong with feeling good, is there?” or “It’s not a drug, it’s just like candy. You’ll love it and your mom and dad won’t mind.” Don’t leave this up to the schools, do some home education on this one. Our school system has enough of its own problems.

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Home Schooling
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 9:42 AM

In July of last year, I did a short blog post about school vs. home school and how the academic benefits of home school are great, however, the social interaction is quite a concern. Our children, in kindergarten and 4th grade, have been coming home with quite “offensive” homework and classwork in that they were not being challenged. Both children were showing extreme signs of boredom and we were teaching them at home ahead of their grade level. This caused them boredom in class and the feeling of “being held back”, so we made the decision to home school. This was just two weeks ago and we have already seen a great improvement in their attitudes toward learning and they are excited about new things again! It is so unfortunate to see our schools going through such an academic struggle, however, when your children do not have to be exposed to that setting, it is a good feeling to take them out and teach them at their own level. It will help them to move forward and be excited about getting an education.

As far as the social skills, find groups of home schoolers to meet up with (or in our case, many friends who homeschool) and they can play to their hearts content. As they get older, they have study partners, movie going partners, hang out at each other’s homes, etc. just as they do when they are social in school. There is no need to make them feel they are no longer a part of a social environment. Groups can get together to help each other understand certain academic concepts and it will help all to put more effort into getting a better education.

Our area was hard hit by recent budget cuts in education, and that also helped us to make our critical decisions. With the gifted program for young students who work hard to excel being cut, who knows how these children will feel? What does this say that hard work will get them?

This is not an option for everyone. We have a family with one parent at home and one at work, so this will work better for us. When and if circumstances change, we will have to face that when we come to it. For now, we have made a family decision that works well for all.

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