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There is always something... I just want something different.

Henry is a lot of fun but at the same time he is enough to drive you up the wall. He's pretty smart in many respects but his social skills leave something to be desired. A few weeks ago we had to have a meeting with the director of our daycare regarding Henry's behavior. It seems that Henry's behavior had gotten worse again. He tries to be a good kid but he gets bored or excited and he loses all control. I don't like going to pick him up wondering if he threw a chair at someone or if he attacked someone. We're trying a sticker reward for good behavior system and it seems to be helping to some extent.

However, I worry that they'll get tired of dealing with him before he can get a handle on how to behave around other people. I feel bad for him because some of the stuff he says makes me wonder if he has any friends. The other kids seem to know him and they've said hi to him outside of school. However, he always says that he played by himself. He certainly doesn't like going anymore. He used to like it. Oh well, he's three and he's going to be selfish and full of energy. I just hope he learns to control it better soon.

Easter activities

Wyoming Jaycees put on an Easter egg scramble at Rogers Plaza Town Center and we thought it would be fun to go.

The first thing we learned is that people around here have no clue how to park in the snow. Some parking lot aisles were completely blocked. I was scared to park in some areas of the lot. This is Michigan, how do these people survive?

Once we finally got into the building we discovered something interesting. They got a couple hundred people last year. This year they got over 700. Unlike last year, we got snow and that canceled a bunch of outdoor scrambles that had been planned and everyone ended up at the few indoor events. Needless to say there were some "issues". First of all, they didn't have enough people corrals so they had a hard time getting people into the four age groups. The second problem was that people were flipping out over there place in line. I guess they didn't realize that the place in line didn't matter. They were all going to wait once they got inside. Everyone was going to get the same chance. The most entertaining thing was that the people I saw complaining, didn't need any candy. It was like someone decided their foremost goal today was to live out a stereotype. The biggest thing I'd suggest next year is moving the non-egg scramble activities farther away from the egg scramble. That way you weren't asking people to walk away from the egg scramble to get in line for it. The other thing is they should have more corrals to encourage lines and not crowded mobs.

Next, Melissa's parents came over for a while and the kids had a ball with them as well.

Finally, Easter Egg coloring was a riot. It took five or ten minutes to get setup since the kids were so excited and were constantly under foot. However, the actual egg coloring took about two minutes. Tops. The kids let the eggs barely let the egg set before they pulled it out and put it in another color or got a clean one. The good thing was that kit we got had really good colors and they set well. This included a very good yellow. The only color that failed was the orange which didn't dissolve and you always get one bad color no matter what kit you got. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come with other kits we buy in the future.

Henry did better today

Henry did better today so hopefully things will get better with the sticker program. We're also taking him after his regular teacher gets there. This should make sure he doesn't get up until after he's had enough sleep and avoids the early morning caregiver whom he does not seem to like.

Emergency meeting with Henry's daycare... Joy.

We had an emergency meeting with Henry's daycare today. Henry's always been a really smart, energetic kid. He's also easily frustrated and this combination has gotten him into trouble before. He had a really bad day and apparently has been having a bad week. The caregivers are getting frustrated and are worried about what this will effect the situation may have on the other kids.

We talked about a number of different things and decided to try a reward system instead of just punishments. Hopefully, using stickers as a reward will improve things. Plus they're going to be going outside more now that it is not so cold. We also learned that he doesn't like getting to school early. He and the morning person do not get along. It seems the morning caregiver is more of a secretary and not a morning person, who is filling in temporarily. We should be able to take care of that by simply dropping him off later when someone else has arrived.