April Check-in...

Avatar for turtletime
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-1998
April Check-in...
29
Tue, 04-05-2011 - 10:27am

Spring in here and everyone is busy I know! Thought we could use some movement on the board. How about sharing what's up with your older gifted child these days (whether it's gifted related or not!)

Pages

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-14-2009
Tue, 04-05-2011 - 5:57pm

Thanks for posting this!

My two 7th graders are doing so smooth in school, no grade has been as smooth for them as this one, and I'm enjoying every day of it! I do not miss 'the barricades' at all! They just finished their 3rd quarter test week, and they have found their way to deal with it so well. My once so problematic perfectionistic 10 yr old has mellowed out and can be just as happy with a 75% score as she is with a 100% score, depending on the subject and how much effort she put in. And we had PT conferences not so long ago and again we were very happy to notice how well accepted our kids are, and how well their mentors have managed to get to know them already in just 3/4 of a year!

Suzanne
Avatar for turtletime
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-1998
Wed, 04-06-2011 - 12:01pm

So good to hear things going well with the kids. Good luck with the house and congrats on the 2nd masters!

Avatar for turtletime
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-1998
Wed, 04-06-2011 - 12:46pm

DD 14 is finally starting to pull out of her funk. She's been a mopey, emotional, distant, disorganized mess since about 13.5. The last couple months though have been really nice. She's not the same little girl she was prior to the "dark days" as DH calls them but I still very much like who she is now too. We've gotten past the passive aggressive behavior and now have more lively discussion where she actually TELLS me when she doesn't agree. Believe it or not, I really appreciate this. It might sound strange but

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-31-2011
Wed, 04-06-2011 - 9:43pm
Glad to hear she's snapping out of it. It's a really hard age.
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-17-2005
Sun, 04-10-2011 - 12:07pm
My oldest son, 13, is very excited to see the end of school in sight. He'll be starting high school next year and is very pleased with himself lol

Unfortunately, he's in full moody teenager ode and I may have to sell him to the circus if he's going to live to see high school.


iVillage Member
Registered: 02-14-2009
Mon, 04-11-2011 - 3:34am
goose bumps all over reading about the 20 friends that came to see her show, and how that was more than all those years in total... Good for her! DD L is now starting the 'blank' phase... for now I blame hormones, but it's hard to learn to deal with it!
Suzanne
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-23-2002
Mon, 04-11-2011 - 8:47pm

My 14yo ds Noah just finished his first big "professional" symphony gig as a violist. He'd played with the same orchestra for the Messiah before Christmas but somehow robust Romantic concertos and symphonies, replete with horns, timpani and a large fleet of woodwinds seems like a bigger deal. The music was certainly more challenging for him. We don't have youth orchestras around here, but it seems if I can just nudge my kids along until they reach this level, the small-town symphony orchestra that brings in freelancers for four or five concert programs a year is a great experience for them. Erin has been playing with this orchestra for a while in the first violin section.

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-31-2011
Mon, 04-11-2011 - 10:09pm

My 16 yo is going through a lot of ups and downs, but we seem to be making it through his junior year (although reading the previous poster, I'm reminded that when they were young I often threatened with a smile on my face to sell them to the gypsies - we did have gypsies near the metro stops in the country we lived in then).

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-23-2002
Mon, 04-11-2011 - 10:38pm
Robin, sounds like there's some good stuff happening. I'm relieved to hear that. Also happy that your sense of humour is showing through again. LOL about the haircut!

Miranda

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-31-2011
Thu, 04-14-2011 - 10:43pm
Thanks Miranda. It's true, some good things are happening but it is so up and down! Nice to have folks here that care though! By the way, I gave a spirited defense of homeschoolers and unschoolers the other day to a group of ladies who were criticizing the movement - you would have been proud. Regards, Robin

Pages