Change floods

Noticing the garage door was open, the grill poised for action at the top of the driveway, I parked the car in front of the house, gathered my belongings and walked across the lawn toward my husband who was engaged in a phone call near the grill. We exchanged no words, but I got the picture. Here was an opportunity to engage in a nice little ritual we do: put the meat on the grill, then set up some chairs right there on the driveway and relax together, greeting the dog-walking neighbors as they stroll by.

I selected a chair from the garage, opened it, situated my pillows, grabbed a water, and plopped down expectantly.


There is a lot to learn

Seriously, we are very glad that you came by.

We are certainly still building this site!

A tid-bit for you: when I’m especially anxious and anticipate, based on experience, that I will be unlikely to “stay in my adult” when facing off with an emotionally-overwhelming situation, I arm myself with a soccer red card. Yes.   Image result for free usage image of soccer red card  And I use it!  With pre-educated individuals (the husband), I pull a red card when I need to say, “This conversation is over,” or “I need to leave now,” but cannot get my words together due to flooding.


Teacher tip:  did you get it?  Of course you did!  Thank you.

Please consider working out something similar with your students who flood easily, lose their words, duck their heads, hit the kid beside them when they cannot communicate.  Teach them how to cope with their confusing multi-firing neurological realities.  Gently and without shame:  Dear student, when you start to feel the floods rising, please raise the card and take a break.  I know I can trust you. : )