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by Richard

We’re heading into the homestretch here, dudes.

Tomorrow is August 1, which means the summer is well and truly winding down towards its end. We’ve got 27 days until school starts and only 30 until college football blesses us with its first game of the season.

Even better, we’re starting to be able to see the slight downward slope that’s leading us toward cooler temperatures. Of course, considering how hot it’s been this summer, I’ll take cooler temperatures being in the high 80s and count myself lucky. It’s been a hot summer, is what I’m saying.

As the summer is winding down, I’m starting to gear back up.

Not only do we have to start shopping for back-to-school supplies for Hyper Lad, but we’ve got to begin getting Zippy the College Boy ready to head off to Wilmington. I’m sure this is going to be another wonderful experience, like it was when we sent Sarcasmo off last year.

Their mom is going to insist they have lots of necessities that no girl would dream of going to college without and they’re going to keep insisting that, hey, surprise, they’re not girls. And they don’t need more than two or three pair or shorts. Or any hangers. Or storage boxes, considering there’s a whole big floor right there to drop stuff onto.

Yeah, that’s a fun and enjoyable experience. Good thing I won’t be stuck in the middl– Oh, yeah. Right. Never mind.

Anyway. This is the time of the summer when I start feeling a little desperate. There’s only so many days left before school starts and I still have so much I want to do. And I’m not even a kid any more.

I feel like Phineas and Ferb, only without the bizarrely shaped heads and the affinity for large-scale mechanics. So much to do, so little time.

Which probably means I should get to it.

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School’s Out

by Richard

School’s out for summer!

I’ll pause here to allow the cheers and screams and sheer undulations of joy to subside from the young dude peanut gallery that’s now got far too much time on its hands.

All done? Good.

Anyway, it’s an odd last day of school here at Casa de Dude. Sarcasmo bounced back from college during the first semester of last year, so he’s been out of school. Zippy the Monkey Boy went to a private school and had all A’s in his classes so didn’t have to study for or take final exams so he’s been out for several weeks and only had to go back to school last week to graduate.

It’s only Hyper Lad who’s counting today as the official first day of summer. The price we pay for allowing them to get older, I guess.

I still say we should dip them in amber sometime around six or so. That way, they never have to get into that cynical or sarcastic phase in which all parents are idiots and the world stinks. And we never have to deal with pre-puberty and puberty mood swings.

Unfortunately, every time I bring that up, people start looking at me strange and I get a visit from child protective services.


It’s been difficult to keep Hyper Lad on task these last couple of weeks, what with his brothers home and not doing any sort of school. He is seriously ticked off that he can’t stay up late and sleep late and not go to school. Not that I blame him, of course. I mean, since his End of Grade tests have ended a couple of weeks back, he’s been doing — essentially — nothing of value in school.

Still, it’s something all school-age dudes have to suffer through.

Now it’s all over. School’s out for the summer, so no more eight hours of school each day, and the young dudes get to stay home all the time.

Which is something all parent-age dudes have to suffer through.

Even with a house full of young dudes, all filled to the brim with a horrible concoction of hormones and energy, there still is something worthwhile to cling to: only a little over two months until school starts again.

Nah. Just kidding. I love having them home. I don’t have to harangue anyone about homework or tests or projects or getting up on time to get to school.

And I get a little more face time, another vanishingly small unit of time before they’re out of the house (hopefully) for good.

So school’s out and it’s time for fun.

Well, they get to have fun. For parents, it’s just more of the same. Only hotter. With more kids underfoot.

Don’t trip.

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Back To School

by Richard

And today marks the return of the last of the young dudes to the confines of school. Hyper Lad was the lone hold out and truly enjoyed himself as the only dude home for the last couple of days.

But all good things must come to an end and so did summer.

With that in mind, I thought I’d check in with ADDitude magazine for some tips on how to help your (well, my) young dude with ADD succeed in school.

The first tip is for parents to accentuate the positive. Young dudes and dudettes with ADD or ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) have often started to feel pretty down on themselves as they try to control what they’re doing, as the other kids in their classes have, but keep failing and failing. It’s really not an easy life for them. However, as they get diagnosed and begin to receive treatment (whether medicinal or not), these kids need to be helped out of seeing only doom and gloom. Help them find the positive in situations they discover. You might be amazed how self-perpetuating a good attitude. If they’re looking for good, they’ll find it, which makes them look for more good, which helps them find even more. That’s the good kind of cycle to be in.

Sometime near the start of school, try and have a sit-down conversation with your young dudette’s teacher. Now, don’t be pushy about it, but do fill the teacher in on the specifics of your little dudette’s ADD/ADHD condition. Better yet, give the teacher some tips on how best to work with the young student to overcome her disorder. Being positive always works better.

Talk to your child before school starts. Have a frank conversation with the young dude and talk about what expectations you have for the school year and for him. Also find out what goals he has for the school year. Then talk about how you can help him to achieve his goals. What he needs from you and what you need from him.

Finally, have a little talk with yourself while you’re at it. Go over with your spouse or by yourself what you’ve learned about ADD/ADHD over the past year, especially as it relates to your young dudette. Did any new symptoms pop up during the year? Did you figure out any good ways to help her deal with, say, impulsivity? Did you get any good advice from parents of other ADD kids that can be applied to your life?

If you’re interested, you should definitely click here to read the rest of that article. They’ve got some good tips that I think can benefit any parent looking to have such a conversation with their child. The start of the school year makes for a convenient time to assess how you’re doing as a parent of a kid with ADD/ADHD and how your child is doing.

Hyper Lad and I are set for that talk this weekend as he tries to keep from laughing that he only has two days of school for his first week and then he gets the weekend off. I wonder if he’ll be able to pay attention.

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