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    5 yr old shows up with a coffee!!!

    This should have been my warning! Coffee...really?! Bingo...must be ADHD. First day today with a 5 & 8 year old that I have taken for the summer (every other week). I saw in interview that this kid was everywhere in the playroom...flitting from activity to activity in seconds (with no tidy up in between). I asked lots of questions about behaviour issues; nothing divulged. So, I chalked it up to a normal, excited 5 year old in a new place (with lots of stimulii around!). 8 year old has been a wonderful helper with my other little ones (I have a 1 day overlap; being all teachers kids, the last of my full-timers, are done for the summer today). I could cry; I so have my regular group well on their way to cleaning up as they go....these 2 new kids aren't happy doing one activity for more than 1 minute! My playroom was a complete disaster in 15 minutes (doesn't help that the taller 2 can reach all the stuff I have stored on upper shelves & activity bins). We all went to our local park; 5 min. in those 2 were tired and wanted to go back to the playroom (no way!). Not to mention, 5 year old so does not listen...that won't last long here, trust me. I am exhausted and it's only 10:45am! I just have them for 4 weeks, and I'm sure it will be easier when my age gap isn't so big; so I'm not going to leave this family stuck...but tell me it gets better.
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    Forgot to add...8 year old has been to the bathroom at least 10 times in the last 4 hours (she did this during interview too)... What's up with that?!
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    You mean he actually brought a coffee to drink????? Parents sent him with it? I am a bit flabergasted! I would definitely not allow such a thing to come with a child! I don't do school aged care, so I have no advice, only moral support to offer! Good luck!

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    I too can't offer much re: older kids BUT the coffee would not make it past my front door unless it was for ME!

    Are they european? It's very common for kids to have coffee with a LOT of milk more like 3 parts milk 1 part coffee. Last time I visited 'backhome' my 3 & 7 year old cousin were having it for breakfast and it was a common thing there. I was like WTF? but also used to be if you can reach the counter you can get a beer & smoke. It's a bit tougher now (have to be 16...OOoooOOoo) but if they are it's a "normal" to them.
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    where other than the title of this post is coffee discussed? Am I missing it?

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    Yeah I was kinda confused....

    Please enlighten me, I want to help

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    Some parents give coffee to their kids with ADHD as an alternative to stimulant medications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starshine View Post
    Some parents give coffee to their kids with ADHD as an alternative to stimulant medications.
    Exactly; sorry, I should have clarified that one.
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    wow! Really? I had no idea!

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    Wow... I didn't know that about ADHD but even still I would not be ok with children having coffee in my care. Or before they come to my care haha. My 2 year son old once had a drink of my iced coffee (my head was turned BAH) and he hated it so now he stays away from it but that is the one experience I have with children and coffee. Caffine and children just do not seem to make a good mix in my head.

    I have my fingers crossed for you that it gets better, perhaps ask the parents not to caffinate thier children before coming to care and see if they are better then?

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