Such a busy time at the moment.
Having trouble keeping up with the 80 or so blogs that I subscribe to. And not being a very good blog buddy – I’m reading, just sometimes not commenting. And keeping a mental note of those who haven’t posted recently (Dark Star Burning, One Size Fits None, Duct Tape Rocket, St Rocco’s Tails, East Bound and Up) – I hope you are all well.
Got a five day workshop on next week, which will involve travelling to and from the city (a two hour commute one way). It’s a play therapy course. Check it out here. So cool. So cool in fact, that I have quit the postgrad teaching degree that I started this year, to focus on play therapy. I didn’t really want to be a teacher, my husband was pushing me to get a real job, one that pays so much better than community work.
I’ve been asked to write and present a play workshop for parents.
I’ve been asked to write and present a creative arts workshop for Aboriginal workers. I’ve got the title “Engaging the hearts and minds of children and parents through creative arts”.
Workshops take a lot of time and energy to write. I like to engage the participants, get them doing stuff like singing songs, and to learn by doing.
I’ve been asked to write some stuff for a wonderful, amazing, brilliant journal called Counselling Children and Young People. Check it out here.
Thinking a LOT, too much, about how to invigorate the programmes I am running at work to encourage greater participation and engagement. In the process found some fantastic websites, most of them not really related to what I was supposed to be looking for. I love sharing other people’s brilliance with you …
You are going to love this – Bent Sticks http://www.bentsticks.com.au/index.htm
Knotted Dolls, perfect activity for Parent Group – http://s93855831.onlinehome.us/knotteddollinstructions.html
A simpler knotted doll – http://themagiconions.blogspot.com/2010/11/discovering-waldorf-making-your-own.html
A Steiner mothering blog – http://gentlemothering.blogspot.com/
Parenting teenagers – http://bill-j-from-time-space.blogspot.com/
And finally a beautiful post about hakeas – http://onelittledetail.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/a-painted-lady-visits-the-hakea-bush/
I’ve been doing volunteer reading help at school.
I’m starting training soon to become a volunteer ethics teacher in school. What a great programme, check it out here.
Youngest son has settled in really well at school. One morning he told me “I’ll try not to miss you today mum”. He won’t sit on a chair, but he listens well and is very close to starting to read through his own motivation. We never noticed, but he doesn’t sit on chairs. His long daycare didn’t notice either, they’d known him since he was 9 weeks old and he was always the “pocket rocket”, a child in perpetual motion. The kindergarten teacher said he stands at the desk, and if he does manage to sit on a chair he can’t sit still in it, and it’s safer for him to not be on it. She asked “does he sit at the table for dinner”. I said “of course, but now that you mention it, he is quite fidgetty”. My husband asked “is he being disruptive by standing at the desk?” (our boy is so short, it’s a wonder anyone notices) and the teacher astonished by this light bulb moment said “no” and has not been bothered by his lack of sittingness since. He does however sit on the floor like a champion.
With the kids, it’s soccer practice and band practice for the two oldest boys, hip-hop for the little bloke. Soon Saturday will be soccer day.
When do we cut the apron strings regarding dental care with our kids? The text books say that parents should be brushing their kids teeth until they are 12. Kids don’t have the manual dexterity until then. We’ve been slack. Late last year, we gave the two oldest boys the responsibility. They said they could handle it. It seems they have just been waving the toothbrush around in their mouths. Middle son, aged 8, had a small cavity filled this week. We (mostly me) are back to brushing kid’s teeth, despite the howls of protest.
We’ve all been sick for weeks with strange strains of virus, everyone except the little bloke whose diet is not great as no vegetable matter shall ever pass his lips. He’s as healthy and robust as an ox, and all us vegie munchers are sick.
No time for Arabic learning.
Not enough time for Qi Gong.
Feeling nervous about an inevitable change of State government tomorrow. Over to the right-wing conservatives who say they will “empower community”. My cynical mind can’t help wonder if their version of empowering community is to cut prevention/early intervention/community development/mental health/employment/training/youth programmes and tell the disadvantaged to “get on with it”.
It’s been raining so much here even the frogs are trying to get dry.
So many ideas for posts, but not enough time to write them. Many, many thanks to Mirth and Motivation for a versatile bloggers award, I’ll get to that.
And finally, a gratuitous photo of my two dogs, Bella (aka Jabber Jaws) and Fergus the Fox Terrorist. Don’t let their good looks and smiling faces deceive you (ears back means “yes, it was me who killed the frog, pulled the washing off the line, ate the boy’s school hat, dug those ankle busting holes in the backyard, pulled out the plants in the garden, and barked all day at anything I chose to”) …