Smart but Scattered

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This is what I started reading last week because I’ve noticed that my son sometimes become too occupied with his thoughts that it takes him a little longer to execute tasks/conversations or whatnot. I enjoyed learning about brain-based executive skills and even chuckled at some of the anecdotal examples of other teens doing way more scatterbrained things. This must be how some authors make parents feel better. :)

STEM summer camps: Minecraft Modding camp

It’s time to think about summer camps again. This year my husband stumbled upon Digital Media Academy’s Minecraft Modding and Game Design for our young teen. The teens will learn about Java and Eclipse. DMA also offers other technology camps that combine disciplines including the arts and even sports at various universities.

https://www.digitalmediaacademy.org/teen-summer-camps/summer-tech-camps-for-teens/academy-for-minecraft-modding-and-game-design/

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Crippled kitty learns to climb

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This is a picture of success!  I spent the past half an hour trying to teach our crippled cat how to get up on the toilet, and from there to the tank, and onto the bathroom counter to reach the food bowl. These 3 steps were challenging to him because of the slippery surfaces and his fearful hesitation.   The whole process took a lot of bribing and he acted like he wanted nothing to do with the toilet after that.  But 10 minutes after our practice session, I found him on top of the toilet all by himself! One day he’s going to reach the food bowl on the countertop by himself.  I’m a  proud cat-mama! 

Funny Mother’s Day Card from a friend

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Well, I did bust out laughing when I saw this. Sometimes I probably want to say something similar, but it’s a good thing somebody else said it for me! Unlike women from the 50s and 60s, I don’t feel like cooking is some sort of gold standard for motherhood. In fact, my kid thinks a box of mac and cheese cooked by someone else is just as nice as when I put out a show stopping meal. The difference, he says, is he can tell whether something is done with love. So it hardly matters what is served or even if mom doesn’t cook at all. Motherhood is not defined by cooking.