When I published my post Monday, I felt some anxiety – I didn’t want to disappoint anyone. You poured your kindness on me through your comments and my heart was encouraged. I honestly have the best readers – thank you.
One of the keys to successfully parenting children from “hard places” seems to be flexibility. If we cling to what we’ve known and refuse to consider new ways of doing things, we’ll miss out on insight, healing, and joy.
This journey into the schools in our community is going to be good for us. So far, it’s not been super easy, but I think we’ll settle in. Today we have seven dental appointments. When I scheduled them six months ago, I knew that two of my kids would miss a class or two, but I needed to get the younger crew done as efficiently as possible. As I looked at the calendar last week, I considered trying to reschedule so all six would not miss school, but realized it was just too much.
Yesterday I made a chart with the phone numbers of our five schools, which is now in the front of my school notebook (more on that later). Then I figured out who I would need to pick up first, second, and so on. I checked the schedules at each school and looked at what class/lunch/recess they would miss. Finally I called each school and arranged for the kids to be gone for part of the afternoon.
I won’t tell you how long this took me – it was ridiculous.
The bus will be here in less than an hour; have I mentioned that the bus driver is my favorite person ever? He makes my life so much easier. When he was a child he even lived in the house we own – small town history.
How is the school year going at your house?
Have a fantastic day, friends.
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