I Am A Happy Camper

table with sewing machine, quilting supplies

I haven’t given you any updates on our school progress in quite a while, Internets. The short story is things are going well. We have issues to work on, make no mistake about it. But overall we’re progressing along well.

The Mercenary hasn’t complained about having to do his schoolwork in a long time. Yes, he’ll frown slightly when he’d rather be doing something else, but there’s been no major complaint or tantrum in months. TechnoBoy has also been much more cooperative. He does get a bit grumpy and can throw himself on the floor at a moment’s notice but his work is good, he’s doing things independently and I’m pleased.

As for the younger boys: they are impressing the heck out of me academically. This morning they got out their spelling books and read the directions and started answering the questions independently. I was quite surprised!

On the behavior front, we’ve got some work to do especially with Captain Earthquake. Both of them have lots of fun every day, we smile and laugh all throughout schoolwork. Yet every time I call them to get started, there’s resistance. I think it’s simply a learned behavior. They saw big brothers throwing fits about schoolwork daily for their entire lives; it’s natural that they are copying that behavior and making it their own. We’re making progress though.

Okay, so you’re updated! Now I can tell you why I am a happy camper. Today-even with piano lessons and a trip to the library-we finished school by 2:20pm. Can you believe it? It was fantastic! Everyone worked hard, we got done, and….

I got out my sewing machine. It was, in a word, heavenly. I had about 3 hours to play with fabric. The boys played games and generally relaxed at the same time. I had forgotten how wonderful a break like that feels. Hopefully the boys will remember tomorrow and we can have one again.

I can hear the fabric calling.

Earnest Parenting: help for parents who need a sewing break.

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The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • website-promotion March 4, 2009, 6:53 am

    When kid started their work independently and correctly that one is really satisfactory moment. It seems like now they are paying for our effort and time invested on them.

    I still remember when my two year old kid removed his pyjama and did the toilet and after finishing he came to me and told me with a smile that he done toilet himself. Means he also knows that he have done some great stuff something like winning the marathan.

    I immediately hug him and congratulate him like kissing and good job. I am sure this will be his regular practice from now onwards.

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  • Jennifer, Snapshot March 4, 2009, 9:59 pm

    Amy–thanks for your help with my twitter question on 5M4M!! Now I can search all those # threads.

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  • Marc C March 4, 2009, 10:15 pm

    Fantastic site! I am loving it!! Will come back again (After St. Paddy’s) – subscribing to your feeds also, Thanks.

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  • Call Center Seats Makati March 4, 2009, 11:57 pm

    Awesome, it was impressive when kids are on the right track.

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  • doing business in the philippines March 5, 2009, 1:01 am

    I’m a happy camper too. Actually in our school i joined YAP (Youth Ablaze Philippines)-.This organization was the best who made campings. I love there motive.

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  • makati commercial for rent March 6, 2009, 2:41 am

    I was in elementary when I first joined camping in our school then I also joined when I was in school. It was fun.

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  • family tents March 6, 2009, 3:01 pm

    Its so nice that you can have such a good experience with your boys doing school work. Keep up the good work:)

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  • doing business in the Philippines March 12, 2009, 11:44 pm

    i love campings.. its very exciting.. Actually this coming summer we will be having our summer youth camp and i am really excited about this.. i can’t wait.. =) thanks for sharing..

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  • Amy March 16, 2009, 8:08 pm

    website promotion, those milestones are certainly gratifying, aren’t they?

    Jennifer, you’re most welcome! I’m happy to help. πŸ™‚

    Marc C, glad you liked it and I look forward to hearing from you again. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    Call Center Seats Makati, yes it is. πŸ™‚

    doing business in the Philippines, I’ve never heard of YAP. I’m glad it’s been so great for you! Do you like to camp rustically, or are you more like me? I loooove room service!

    makati commercial for rent, now that the boys are in Scouts I expect that I’ll have to learn to like camping more. That’s no biggie, but I’d still rather have room service at a nice hotel.

    family tents, thanks! And thanks for taking the time to comment.

    doing business in the Philippines (again!) that’s so great! Have you done the youth camp often?

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  • Sunny March 17, 2009, 9:29 pm

    I can’t wait til my kids are out of the tantrum years. The worst is when they shriek and scream like you’re pulling out their fingernails or hanging them upside down in the shower when all you’re doing is saying they can’t have more tv. I’m surprised the neighbors don’t call the cops.

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  • Amy March 27, 2009, 8:52 pm

    Sunny that tantrum stuff is often about a power play for kids. Don’t give in! Have you read any of the Love and Logic books or tried other techniques before? Some of the L and L stuff in particular tickles my funny bone.

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  • Family Tents April 9, 2009, 11:31 am

    There is nothing more challenging nor more rewarding than being a parent. Enjoy every moment – it will be over before you know it.

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  • Amy April 14, 2009, 11:54 pm

    Family Tents, blablablablablablablabla…..not listening, not listening! I did not authorize anything to be over, thankyouverymuch. πŸ˜€

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  • KY's Commonwealth Eye Surgery May 8, 2009, 1:21 am

    So you’re a happy mom now as your kida are on the right track

    Thanks
    Cathy

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  • Lawn Care September 30, 2009, 5:32 am

    that’s fantastic! We could do with a bit more of that studying stuff around our place. TheGirlTornado would rather be chatting with friends and messing up her room, and CycleBoy is more interested in being out on the road.
    .-= Lawn CareΒ΄s last blog ..Popular Pool Accessories for Toddlers =-.

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  • PC Printer September 12, 2010, 12:50 am

    Well, I would do anything If my son would hit the books. πŸ˜‰

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