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  1. Oh Stella, as if you needed more worries. Hugs and good thoughts. I wish I could offer help in person.
  2. Yes! Only one sibling here, but two teen girls, closely spaced in age, with similar interests, rivalry, and not a lot of flexible thinking anywhere---> lots of stress. But, they *both* want to be up at night. Oy. One can handle it, get roughly adequate sleep, and manage her assignments. The other can't. Got to go get them moving now... 😀
  3. Lots to think about there. I'm going to have to mull it over a bit, but thank you.
  4. Thank you for this. I think it's very pertinent for us. After all these years, and even though I should know better, sometimes I have a hard time moving past frustration with behavior that seems-- and is-- inappropriate, and focusing on just how hard stress and social demands are for dd.
  5. I'm sorry, that sounds so disappointing. Will your dd be able to visit at some point, at least?
  6. I can say first hand that, even dealing with younger teens, if they don't want to change sleep patterns it's really hard. We are living this now. Dd14 wants to stay up all night and sleep all day. She does not see why she should have to conform to society's schedule or the family's. Left alone, she drags herself out of bed around 5:30 pm, walks her dog as it's getting dark, then stays up until around 6:00am. Obviously we aren't letting this happen, but it's the pattern she started to slide into over the Christmas break. She is still homeschooled, but has a few outside classes. Getting her moving is murder. And to cap it all, she refuses meds, so no more melatonin, though it can help. The heart of the matter is that she does not want to change. So, we're approaching this from multiple fronts, and I'll be glad to get any other suggestions. But atm I'm trying to make sure she has things going on that she wants to be awake for, make sure she has time outside and exercise, and have consequences in place if she doesn't get moving and do the things that must be done in the morning hours. Getting up and facing schoolwork is no fun, but morning is the time I have available, so that's when we need to work. Results so far are mixed.
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    What do you serve soup in?

    This is an aspect I had not considered, but should. Food for thought, so to speak.
  8. Innisfree

    What do you serve soup in?

    Just read the care instructions for the enameled cast iron. I may just stick with my old pans...
  9. Innisfree

    What do you serve soup in?

    Yeah. Agreed. But bowls on plates, so there's room for a roll. And to catch the sloshes. 🙃
  10. Innisfree

    What do you serve soup in?

    If I tried to leave the pot in the kitchen, everyone's soup would be sloshed all over the plate before it got to the table. We're clumsy. Last night I just put the old aluminum pot on the table. Makes second helpings easier. So, my standards are not really very high, but I aspire to better things, lol.
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    What do you serve soup in?

    We have a couple of ceramic tureens, but they're so cumbersome to wash that I always worry about breaking them as I wash them. Frankly I find them a nuisance, so I don't use them. We have a bunch of useful but ugly pots, aluminum or stainless steel. I cook in these, but don't really love putting them on the table and serving from them. I'm wondering about something like a Lodge enamel pot that would work for cooking and serving. On these winter days when soup is the main item on the menu for lots of meals, how do you serve it?
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    Any dog psychologists here?

    Bill, thank you so much for linking this. I've looked all over locally but can't get plates like this anymore. I miss our old feed and seed store!
  13. Innisfree

    Special needs help

    I'm so sorry; that sounds beyond frustrating. Have you read the Wrightslaw book called From Emotions to Advocacy? I've been reviewing it because we've got to start the IEP process again ourselves, and they have a lot of information on getting past roadblocks like you're describing. For example, they talk about making sure your child's teacher has appropriate training to meet your child's needs. You have a legal right to get this information, and a legal right to get an appropriate placement. Clearly what he's getting now is not adequate. A therapist told me recently that families in our area who have gotten appropriate help for their kids are often the ones who have hired lawyers. I've been highly reluctant to do this in the past, but I'm kind of bracing myself right now because this may be necessary. Wrightslaw has several other books which might be useful also. You and your advocate may be familiar with these, but if not, they're worth a look. Good luck.
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    My son is a screamer

    This is huge in our house. If you have any way to access it, I genuinely, strongly would recommend a good ABA program. It provides the support *you* need. It means you aren't eternally being the meanie who has to insist Kid behaves. You will have to insist, yes, but in a structured way and with really good help.
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    Dr Hive, this is reasonable, yes ?

    Continuing to hold you in my thoughts. Sleeping sounds like a good thing. Let yourself rest whenever you can.
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