Monday, August 4, 2008

DC

C and I were on the road five days last week, visiting our friends in the DC area. We stayed two nights on Capitol Hill, two nights in Silver Spring, and visited the National Zoo, Union Station, Georgetown (in transit), Air and Space, the Sculpture Garden, the carousel on the Mall (which miraculously revived C), Dupont Circle, and Rockville. Thanks to all our hosts and friends!

I think the trip was very good for C. It was a sort of intensive social camp for C. Now that we're home, I'm reading a book called Good Friends are Hard to Find, which encourages parents to provide children with lots of one-on-one self-guided playdates. C got hours of that type of interaction during our trip, and there was almost none of the sort of behavior (monologing on subjects that do not interest her audience) that other children have found off-putting. She did really well in that respect. The other nice thing about us traveling together by ourselves was that I was able to focus on her behavior and follow through in a way that isn't possible in normal life, when there are so many distractions and things and people to think about. It was especially good to be able to work on C's social graces right before the start of the school year.

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