Today after taking Maddison to volunteer with the bird rescue after school, she asked if I wanted to know about recess today. Of course! It isn't often that Maddison volunteers information about school, so when she does, you can bet its something very exciting!
Maddison: "Mom, I've finally beat my record!"
Me: "What do you mean? What record?"
Maddison: "Well, at recess I've been trying to beat my record of how many laps I can run before the whistle blows to go inside"
Me: (Silent) DING DING DING DING DING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HELLO!!!! THE LIGHTBULB JUST EXPLODED IN MY MIND!!!!!!!!CAN YOU SAY EXPLANATION OF CRAZY LOWS AFTER LUNCH???? I KNEW SOMETHING COULD EXPLAIN THESE LOWS!!
Maddison: "At first I could only run about 3 laps, but NOW today, I ran 6 whole laps !!""
Me: "That is awesome!" "Do you run laps every day, or just sometimes?"
Maddison: "I've been running laps for weeks!"
Well, that's interesting!!!! Do ya think all the post lunch lows are a result of running laps at recess every single day? 22...36....lows in the 40's and 50's EVERY day except one day last week!!??? Ummmmmmmmm...... THERES THE ANSWER LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!! My super mellow Maddison that usually sits in the sand at recess has been running some serious laps immediately after lunch!! Thank GOODNESS for the explanation of all these wicked, scary lows!!
Now....what to do about it? Do I insist she runs laps every day to make use of the dramatically increased ratio? Hmmm....probably not. Today Maddison had another low, 52 2hrs PP. Her ratio for lunch is currently 1:45 vs the 1:25 its been for years. What in the world do I do now? Assume every day she is running laps and keep the 1:45ratio? Have her keep an extra snack at her desk to boost her up if she feels she ran wild at recess? Am I supposed to have the recess police monitor her activity level? Should I include an activity scale for recess? (jokingly of course)
On a scale of 1-10 "Please rate Maddison's activity level today"
1-3 played in the sand without moving much
4-6 played on the swings, ran up and down the play equipment etc.
7-8 Played kick ball, tag, chased boys etc.
8-9 Moved non stop
10 Ran wild, non-stop laps (6 or more)
Ummm.............How do you do it with super active kids!!??? (MERI!!) ??????????? You have boys, they MUST run wild at recess!! How the heck do you get a ratio right when they are so darn active and constantly moving immediately following lunch? I've never had to manage Maddison running wild at recess. She's a sit in the sand kind of girl! Do you have your own Recess police? WOW, I'm relieved to (hopefully) have an explanation for these lows. I like it much better when there is a "reason" rather than the I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING ordeal that I've been dealing with for about three weeks now. When all these lows started I asked Maddison if she was running wild after lunch and she said no. Today she told me she didn't think "a couple" laps would matter. Oh my, oh my!! I'm guessing they SURE do!!
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