Tuesday, April 22, 2008


When I got home from work yesterday, Alyssa was outside riding her bike. She came running up to me and apologized for her behavior that morning! It was so nice to be greeted this way and also to hear a sincere apology! I really do see so much growth and progress.

So, we finish dinner and I tell Alyssa to do her strong sit before she starts her homework. No arguments, no obnoxious behavior, just a little bit of stalling. So, we finally sit down and I start doing her hair while she is working on her homework. Usually, math is super easy for her and she breezes right through. Last night, she really struggled. I am still trying to figure out if she really was having a hard time or if it was an act. Last night I thought it was sincere, but this morning as she was finishing up her math from last night, I knew she understood, and was just putting on an act! I will never understand the reasoning for trying to act stupid???????? What purpose does it serve? Alyssa is a very smart little girl and yet every once in a while, DUH?????????

This morning was very pleasant in our house! Alyssa really tried hard to make the morning a good one. She got up right away, hopped in(and out) of the shower in record time. I actually got to take a hot shower this morning! She got dressed, made her bed, ate breakfast, got her backpack ready, all with a smile on her face and a very happy disposition! She did struggle with her homework, but I finally just told her to ask Mrs. M for help at school. Maybe she would be able to explain it so that it would make sense. Alyssa looked at me, very puzzled, and said "Aren't you going to help me anymore?" I explained that I didn't know any other way of helping her and since she still wasn't understanding, I wouldn't be able to help her. She was caught in the middle of a dilemma. Either admit that she really did understand, or go to school with her homework not done. She chose to go to school with her homework unfinished. But, I think she learned a lesson this morning and won't pull the stupid act any time soon!

So, it is another beautiful spring day and I am getting antsy to get outside and start planting and beatifying the yard again. BUT, it is way too early and I will have to wait at least 3 - 4 weeks or my hard work will get frozen out!

Spring has finally Sprung!