Over the summer, Noa actually wore shorts and tshirt nearly every day until she discovered dresses with pockets (which she wears with running shorts underneath.) She doesn’t always demand socks, but when she does they much be long! Of course, she continues to prefer long pants with long shirts but we’ve been glad to see her more flexible with the types of clothing she will wear.
She has learned to enjoy pockets.
She has been less flexible with colors. But she tends to do better with other people than she does with Mom and Dad when it comes to color. She seems to want as many colors as possible for most things (which explains the leggings we’re sending back with her.)
At home she wears the leggings mainly for sleeping.
As you may notice, she is still quite attached to her scarves. They now have plastic shapes on on one end (the end that also has a white tag) and will tell us she wants to put the "tags on the floor" - which basically means she wants to fling the scarves so that the plastic shapes make noise when they hit the floor (or anything in their way.)
As you will doubtless discover upon Noa's return to campus, she has regressed considerably in her behavior. Kind of a Terrible Twos Tyranical Teen.
As this has occurred on our watch, it's evident that Jeni and I have not been able to figure out how to work effectively with Noa to on her behavioral issues. We need help!
Some of the challenges arise in situations in which she has previously struggled, made progress, and now regressed (i.e. in transitions). Some of the behavior is new and seems age-appropriate in the unpleasant sense (i.e. defiance, getting a kick out of engaging in negative behaviors, like food "falling" on the floor).
And of most concern to us, some of the behavior reflects what comes across as the absence of some essential core values (empathy, kindness, care for others). We are especially concerned that this difficulty increases the unrelenting nature of her demands and make it impossible for her to develop and sustain meaningful relationships with peers or caregivers.
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