Friday, April 29, 2011

Duct tape--what can't it do?

Jessica has been complaining for a while about these 2 bumps on her feet, one on each heel. She would complain about it every day when I was helping her put her socks on but when I asked her if she wanted me to call the doctor, she would say no. She is terrified of all things related to the doctor, poor thing.

Finally, when we noticed she was walking on her tiptoes because it hurt too much to put weight on her heels we took her to the doctor.

Diagnosis: plantar warts. Now, the doctor wanted to scrape off some skin and freeze them off but Jessica was having no part of that. Hari waited with her for 45 minutes trying to convince her, but no go. The doctor then suggested salicylic acid, which is used for both corn and wart removal. I bought some in a bottle as well as some medicated disks. The disks kept slipping off her sweaty little feet.

Before I got to trying the liquid stuff, Hari mentioned duct tape. I had heard of this method before, but never had occasion to try it for a wart. We had duct tape, so we tried it.

It's been less than a week and parts of both warts have fallen off. The doctor said to make sure we get all of it, including the root. I don't think those are gone yet because it still hurts if she presses directly on it, but she can now walk on her heels pain free.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The difference between a 7 year old and a 4 year old

Conversation from yesterday:

Mom: Guess what, kids?

Kids: What?

Mom: I love you!

7 year old: (sigh) We *know* that, Mom.

4 year old: I love you, too!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Drop off methodology

I've been trying to find a good way to drop Xander off at school that results in less tears. A few weeks ago, I took him into the classroom. The entire class was sitting down listening to a story being read.

Now, usually I have to hand Xander off physically to one of the teachers or else he'll stay attached to me. Since one teacher was reading and the other was helping a kid in the bathroom, there was no one to hand him off to.

I remember an idea I had read in a parenting magazine about telling your child you'll stay for a while, and then they'll feel free to relax and get involved in play.

I tried it. "Xander, why don't you go sit on the rug, and I'll stay for a minute, okay?"

Worked like a charm. He sat down, I waited a minute and then I said good-bye from a distance. Piece of cake.

Except that it didn't work again on any subsequent attempts.

However, fortunately, Hari discovered a better method of improving drop-off. He dropped Xander off last week one day and encouraged Xander to push him out of the room. I didn't know about this till the next time I went to drop him off.

I brought him into the room and over to an activity table. I was getting ready to kneel next to him to see how he was doing and he pushed me!

"Leave, Mom!" he said.

I didn't need to be told twice.

This worked the next time I took him just as well. The third morning I tried it, Xander was feeling kind of sad in the car. When I took him out so we could walk to the building, I reminded him how he was going to push me out of the room.

This brightened him up immensely and the drop-off went without a hitch, or a tear.

This method is a keeper!