July 4, 2012
Last weekend we went to see the Avengers. It was overwhelming because it was so loud–kiddo and I used shop ear protectors to control our sensory overload. At one point she took them off and I put them on. Later she was looking for them and got mad that I was wearing them. 🙂
How lame is it that The Black Widow’s superpower is never aging? Sounds like a superpower that some man-boy made up, seriously, WTF? So, my challenge is to find a real woman superhero or make one up myself. We have been using Kitty Ninja for a while…maybe we need to make some enhancements. I do like the kyoshi warriors from The Last Air Bender and of course Korra from The Legend of Korra, which I need to catch up on watching.
After I repeated a story I’d heard in Karate (chaotic note in this entry), kiddo asked me, “Where are the women warriors?”. Promptly, I found a blog entry about Deborah Sampson and told her a story she could understand.
Women Warrior Links: Top 10 Badass Female Warriors and Women Warriors–A History of Real Women in Combat
Women Warriors Book Links on Amazon~ Oh Noes—an awesome random thought! A curriculum on Women Warriors! There’s no stopping a NY ‘girl’ once she has an idea like this!
Having It All?–The Wrong Question to Ask
Only if he looks like this (see below)!
June 10, 2011
Orignially this post was going to consist mainly of the “SouthPark Test” which is analogous to The Daughter Test they have been writing about over at Feministe. Instead of flogging myself for failing the “SouthPark Good Parenting Test”, because I caught kiddo watching almost a whole hour of South Park. <<<While I snoozed and dear Kryten took his “I got clocked @89 mph but was framed” defense and safe driving class to show the judge “I am a good driver certificate”>>>. <My younger judgemental teacher self head would have almost exploded upon hearing eight year olds watched SouthPark.>
Instead I bring to you Muppets!
From Mindful.org: Embrace the Monster in the Mirror
Our furry old pal Grover’s got good advice for us all.
Here’s a little Friday fun for the young and the young at heart.
About this Sesame Street video, Scientific Mindfulness blogger Brian Thompson, PhD writes, “I discovered this Sesame Street clip after a therapist posted it on a professional listserv. As the poster noted, it’s a clever illustration of the ease that can come from accepting parts of us that we experience judgment towards.”
December 9, 2010
Listening 101 ADHD style =
<I’m pairing this post with kiddo art. Because what is less threatening than a little kids drawing?>
My Notes from The Lost Art of Listening by Michael P. Nichols- Chapter 6:
I’m reading this book because the professional development book I am also reading suggested it. <Non-fiction, how I can read you if I am reading 5 books at a time><ADHD and Good Notes> Sometimes at home I cannot stop my mouth from opening and words flying out~ like blatant spot on psychoanalysis of my partner. Poor Kryten, I think he’s gotten so used to it. it just echoes off his metallic finish.
How Emotionality Makes us Defensive. <I really like how they outlined many key sentences in bold.>
Were most reactive to the things we secretly accuse ourselves of. <ding, ding, ding>
TONE of voice counts and can turn a request into a tirade. <I really do this when I talk with kiddo. bless Krytens cold metal heart. He tries to get me to notice.>
When we are talking we hear what we feel not how we sound.
p.103 Try to figure out what the person (who’s upset) might be feeling and say it in a way that invites him/her to elaborate. Acknowledgement of position allows a person to open and actually hear.
It’s easy to fake listening.
Rivermonster in bathtub crayon 10/10 by kiddo
I imagine this is how the river monster feels after he has been with a good listener.
Not listening is a silencing mechanism, too. from Silence isn’t Golden
Can I listen to myself and stay focused?
November 9, 2010
TJ the basil plant has been put outside to die or heal or whatever. Can I order a miracle for a basil plant please? I love TJ. TJ smells so very good and has the best and brightest green leaves. I talked to my wonderous basil plant and begged it to keep on growing and also stop growing the silvery-black spots. After doing a little research. It seems to be a bacteria has infested this large-leafed sweet basil. Darn you, Bacterial Leaf Spot or Basil Shoot Blight.
In other herb news here at chez de chaos. I have replanted my beloved parsley and moved it indoors for the winter season. Butterflies ate you down to nubby stubs but it didn’t stop you. No your leaves are not as round and full and pretty and wonderfully smelly as TJ but I do love your pointy leaved persistence.
I have my parsley hanging on my wall with painters tape, paper bag, nail, and clothes pin. It makes for pretty decor if I don’t say so myself. Today I planted two sets of basil seeds and one set of cilantro seeds in memorial to TJ. I am still secretly keeping vigil for TJ because one time
<at band camp> I had a basil plant that resurrected itself after a Western NY-post apocalyptic winter. Really I did. It was a hydroponic plant. I wonder if rosemary or thyme can grow as a house plant…