Yesterday brought a big change to our lives. Dimples has been struggling under the pressure of her current school. She is intellectually capable of doing the work, but the homework pressure was resulting in significant challenges at home. We came to the conclusion that while we love her school, we had to consider the needs of the entire family and do what we could to calm the household down.
It was a very sad day because Dimples loves her classmates and feels close to them. Russ and I have been thankful for the high structure/high nurture environment and Christian instruction – even uniforms have been great since Dimples does better with fewer choices. But the pressure to be organized, write neatly, complete assignments at home, etc. has been too much.
Yesterday she began school at our neighborhood public school. We are requesting an IEP to accommodate some of her needs and hope it will ultimately result in a calmer girl.
As for me, I was a total mess yesterday – this is a significant loss, yet we believe that this is the best decision for everyone. I am overwhelmed at the thought of learning to navigate the world of IEPs. How much more do I need to learn as I parent my kids from “hard places?” Sometimes I feel like my head is going to explode. Thankfully, I have friends who can advise me and we’ll just take it a step at a time.
[edit: I should add, we are very thankful that both the principal and Dimples’ teacher are Christians who attend our church. What am amazing blessing that is.]
This is about much more than changing schools and I’m still processing it. I have some thoughts I would like to share; hopefully tomorrow there will be time to write.
For all of you who loved me and offered support yesterday via my One Thankful Mom Facebook page – thank you. Blogging was beyond me – one sentence updates were all I could manage.
Please pray for Dimples as day 2 at her new school begins.
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