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My son Lawrence started kindergarten last year. It was kind of tough on him. The class was three hours long, and they only had a short, ten minute recess about halfway through. And unlike pre-school, there was a curriculum that had to be completed by the end of the year. Goodbye Show and Tell, hello learning by rote. His teacher was wonderful and very patient, but it eventually became clear that he was having trouble. Nearly every day he got a time-out for talking in class. His teacher worked with him on these issues, but after all, there were nineteen other children in the class. So she was very concerned that the first grade teachers would be less tolerant than she was, and that his self esteem would suffer from constant discipline and being made to feel like a bad kid. His grades were good, and everyone found him very personable, but he was definitely disruptive.
We had him evaluated first by a pediatric neurologist (he also has problems with handwriting) and everything chec...
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This blog entry wraps up my trio of "Solutions" geared to employment. Future entries in the series will talk about housekeeping and other realities of living in recovery. Portions of this will be re-printed in a self-help book I'm working on, so you're hearing this first! _____________________________ On August 13, 1990 I started my first day on my first job. For seven years after, I worked in corporations. Though I was laid off from one job after another, I credit my experiences in business as giving me a good foundation that held me up in subsequent work. What follows now is a free-form discussion of suggestions for keeping a job long-term, based on what I learned in those early years. First, demeanor is everything. Though my budget could barely take the strain, I bought good clothes because I knew appearance mattered. Mind you, I don't advise going into credit card debt to do so. Rather, I cut down in other areas of spending so I could allocate more f...
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