Monday, September 2, 2013

Midnight Madness - A Special Treat



Song:  Rock Meets Rachmaninoff

Group:  The Piano Guys



As Alex had competed his longer Social Studies Project a week early...


and as he studies everyday diligently... 






rarely...
once every so often during a school vacation 
(only when all of his long term projects are done)...
Alex is given more than his customary 1 hour, or so, a day of free time...
and so...
Midnight Madness.

This is when Alex may stay up beyond his normal sleep schedule...
to really lose himself in a non stop video game splurge.
It is a time to really cut loose and just play for several hours on end.


As yesterday was Sunday (when these pictures were taken)...
and today is a holiday...
and especially as we have not been able to do our normal weekend routine
of long distance biking and outdoor swimming due to the unhealthful air conditions
as a result of the, as of yet, uncontrolled California forest fires...
Alex deserves to get a little wild and crazy :)

Without our normal endurance exercises...
Alex becomes a little restless...somewhat frustrated...and his nervous tics reappear.

That is why our endurance training has helped Alex in every aspect of his life.
With it...his concentration...motivation...and general well being...are sky high.

Without it...his great energy has to dissipate in other ways.

I must stress once again the GREAT importance of endurance training.
 I know of the greatly positive effects it has had on me throughout my life...
and of the greatly positive effects it has had on my son, Alex...in his life.

We may have to wait another few weeks for the air to be healthful enough...
it depends on when the California forest fires are extinguished.

I hope to try an area not affected by the smoke if it is not clear enough here
by next weekend.

I, too, very much miss being able to get a good 2 hour ride in.


As for yesterday...
Alex first completed his daily studies...
 did his Sunday weight training...
showered...
ate dinner...
 he then started his Midnight Madness at approximately 9:30 PM.

Perhaps several times a year...
Midnight Madness is a time when Alex may stay up until he feels he has had enough...
usually until shortly after midnight.

I was playing Mario Kart with him earlier.


Alex playing his Wii on a 50" bedroom TV at the foot of the bed.
This is also where Alex will watch some movies with his mother.




Because Midnight Madness is done rarely...
it is special.

It is certainly not done during the school year...
except on the very rare occasion like last night.

During Summer vacation...
Alex still does his daily studying and exercise routines...
as well as some long term projects...
but he usually gets 2 - 3 hours of free time a day
 instead of the 1 hour usually gotten during the school year.

However...
even though he has 2 - 3 hours a day of free time during the summer...
he usually doesn't spend it just playing video games.

He will free read...
compose essays or other forms of free writing...
or he will watch a movie with his mother or me...
and he will play a game of some sort for only a portion of the time.

We also use Midnight Madness to let Alex breathe a little.

When we sense he is getting a little frustrated in his daily routines (rarely)...
this is a good way for him to experience a little guilt free fun.

Alex usually plays himself out after a few hours...
as he will get bored with the games...
and he will then go back to his normal routine re-energized.

Although video games are a nice diversion once in a while...
Alex realizes that making real progress in life is a lot more interesting.










2 comments:

  1. Of all of Alex's abilities/characteristics, I think I am most impressed with his incredible dedication to studying and other productive activities. I think that most kids, if exposed to a long video game session, would then want to do that all the time. That you can keep this as an occasional treat for Alex is very impressive.

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  2. I think that Alex not being so highly visual as I am has a lot to do with it. Alex loves to read, write, and calculate. He never watches TV except for an occasional educational show or movie (however, for movies...we have to coax him to watch one). However, I think the biggest factor is his love of learning. He loves to research information and to then write about it. He is happy when he learns a new concept in math...and when he does well in tests. He has a goal in life...and to make progress toward it...makes him happy.

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