People have all sorts of ideas about the end of the school year. Some are happy to be able to relax more and spend time with the kids or go on vacation. Others are dreading the long, hot summer days without structure and things to do.
Now first grade was overall pretty good, but the last few weeks have gotten tougher. It was like that at the end of kindergarten too. So personally, I will breathe a sigh of relief when school is done. Don't get me wrong, Brady loves school. It's good for him, but it has always presented a fair amount of stress for us from the time he entered preschool at age 3. I think any parent with a child who has ADHD would agree with me.
In the summer Brady spends 2 days at the office with us, 2 days with his wonderful babysitter and her family, and 1 day with my Mom. We're planning a couple little family trips. He'll also spend a few weeks with his Dad in Virginia. He'll get one-on-one attention from different people and do lots of fun things. We'll get to sleep in later and not worry about homework or projects or programs.
But more than that, I can live my life without wondering if I'll hear from the principal or a teacher, or have to schedule meetings if I feel we need to discuss a situation at school, or worrying he'll be kicked off the bus for a day. We can go about our days without daily talks about this choice or that choice and without devising the consequences and discipline that will help him keep better control tomorrow.
It is my blessing to guide this young man, but it is exhausting at times, for both of us.
In the summer, we can just be. I can't wait.
- ► 2017 (53)
- Funny things Brady says... about peas...
- The joy of finding a problem you don't have
- Finally, some rain in Kansas
- Super easy & tasty crockpot "refried" beans
- For a different kid, consider different care
- The ever-giving memory: grandpa's rhubarb plants
- On Memorial Day, recall the past that shaped the now
- Memorial Day: Joining the military is such an act ...
- There's no magic answer, no magic pill, only life
- Changing words, deeds, thoughts every day
- My garden: Why I love dirt on my hands
- My first guest post! "10 Simple Ways to Save Money"
- As a parent, stop and think why you say "No"
- We're ready for summer at the office!
- More Freebies in my mailbox. Yippee!
- Teaching tool: Prize Store becomes Reading Store
- After Oklahoma, little things don't matter....
- ADHD: Find a parent advocacy center in your state
- Fake choc-peanut butter-banana ice cream, YUM!
- Clover fields in Kansas, how beautiful
- 3 good Thriving Family articles: prayer, marriage,...
- ADHD: What we learned from 2 dogs, Piggie & Banks
- A happy mistake: the reading counts skate party
- In a small town, everyone does double duty
- Funny things Brady says... suspected bad word
- The power of a parent over a child
- My new sayings, about blessings
- Life: Take it one little piece at a time
- Sweet words from my boy on Mom's Day
- What I love about a Christian life
- We finished the stick house!
- Back to cooking and don't waste potato skins!
- Only in a small town... wrong number on Mom's Day...
- 10 things about my Mom & being a Mom
- Parenting: We're in the planting phase
- In pursuit of faith: the scenic route
- The Invention Party was a success!
- Only in a small town... forgotten flower...
- Weight loss: slow and steady work
- Yes ma'am, yes sir: good for all of us
- Free Junie B. Jones book!
- Letting a kid be a kid, I wish!
- Good blog post: when motherhood is hard
- Funny things Brady says... Jase waking up
- Funny things Brady says... chick flicks
- Parenting idea: A child's "pro's" list
- Why we look forward to school year's end...
- You know you're in the country... baby squirrels...
- Grace under pressure, it is so hard
- Small town joy, the 59th church sale!
- Keeping the blog real, so God "steal my show"
- You know you're in a small town... grocery tour
- Funny things Brady says ... at doc's office
- Funny things Brady says... party advertising
- A role model at 7 years old? Sheesh!
- Yes Ma'am and Yes Sir, what a good idea!
- Maybe struggling sometimes is okay, even good
- Small towns keep it real and personal
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