Leon, Quinn, and I have been obsessed with Firefly, the game, lately.
We've been playing a lot. We also made our own story card that's sometimes fun to play.
This story card requires the story card and a second set of cards for individual missions like giving the kids a history lesson, or teaching them a lesson after they steal some of your credits.
Galaxy has been at boot camp. Because she's had such difficulty with certain behaviours, Lauren's been working with her.
She's home for the moment, and she likes playing in the snow with her kids.
I think she likes bootcamp better than us though. Lauren has lots of dogs.
Toddlers and young children recognize a similarity with puppies and themselves and they want to play. The puppy usually wants to play too. However, human children tend to squeak, squeal, run away, and act like the best prey ever--at least that's how I imagine puppies view the matter. So, puppies react to toddlers by jumping, nipping, and otherwise trying to instigate puppy-style play. The energy level amplifies and a scary situation develops. Lauren, one of my group's puppy raising leaders calls this frenetic energy, and I can't think of a better word to describe it.
The gist of this book is that adolescence has increased in time from a few years to decades. Kids know it, and they don't like it. Along with John Gatto, the authors posit (with research backing them up) that meaningful work can turn around even the most difficult teen.