It has been quiet here for the past month. More like normal. Anna wigged out for a good two months after the start of school, and then she calmed down and life is back to the way it used to be. I took some good advice and to try to get a handle on Anna's meltdown triggers, I started using a point chart. Anna got one point each for a good morning, a good afternoon and good homework time (meaning no bad attitude, no yelling, no tantrums). If she got a certain number of points, she got library time. More points meant library plus computer time. A perfect week meant library time, computer time, and a sleepover. Anna was very motivated by earning a sleepover - it's always better to work for a reward than to have priviledges taken away as punishment. We only had to go through the point chart twice before she calmed down. Once or twice we broke it out again on a bad day but never got through another full week as she seemed to get a grip on her own without it. Hallelujah.
Anna's teachers mentioned that her freak-outs seemed to be triggered by anxiety, plus the probable transition that always happens at the beginning of a school year. They noticed she was extremely anxious about the Big Crunch (the opposite of the Big Bang), talking about it to anyone who would listen. That's what she gets for reading scientific material way above her age level. Yes, I have an Aspie for a daughter (yes, I am aware of what the new DSM will say and yes, I will continue to use the term Asperger's to describe Anna). Her teachers must have told her things to calm her down (because clearly your mom telling you the Big Crunch is millions of years in the future after we've all been dead and gone for eons is not enough). Her anxiety calmed down and she got through the new school year transition period. I wonder if the transitions will take longer and be more pronounced in the preteen years. I'm not really looking forward to our Christmas Break transition.
But for now, life is good. And when I'm happy, I make pancakes.
Fresh Berry Pancakes
1 1/4 cups Bulk Pancake and Waffle Mix
1 cup apple juice
2 tbsp. canola oil or melted coconut oil
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 pint washed fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, etc.)*
Place the pancake mix in a large bowl. Combine the apple juice, oil and applesauce. Pour the wet mixture all at once into the dry mixture and stir well to combine. Fold in the berries. Pour the batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a hot greased griddle. Cook over medium-low heart until bubbles form on the surface, the tops seem dry, and the edges are golden brown. Flip and cook another couple of minutes until the other sides are golden brown. Serve hot with maple syrup and fresh fruit.
*No fresh berries? Try 1 cup chopped apple or pear instead.