Yesterday was my boy’s last day of school. As crazy excited they were all day, I was just as thrilled because I now have 3 months off of a 2 1/2 hour commute! It’s going to feel nice to sleep in and not be living out of my car for a few months! 😉
My boys go to a private school that specializes in Dyslexia and Learning Disorders. I absolutely LOVE the school and the difference it makes for kiddos that learn outside out of the box. It truly makes the WORLD of difference! Having a school like this in a do-able distance is truly a blessing to have. Now the tuition and the drive, I can do with out! 😉 Oh my lanta!
For my boys learning is very tough, especially my oldest. So the summer break for any kid can be hard when it comes to retaining all their hard work from the year. For my kids too, especially my oldest with his memory disorders. So the hard bearing weight of the decision wether or not to send him to a specialized summer school this year was tough.
A kid like him needs it. To keep what he worked so hard to obtain, but for the last 4 years that boy has had to go to some specialized summer school or form of therapy to help him learn. His teachers, specialist, therapist, all stress to me how crucially important it is for him. I know that, I get it.
But for the last several years the poor kid hasn’t been able to go to some of the camps he wants too, or spend long weekends at the lake because we would have to be in Dallas early every morning. It really started to be a drag to him, and to US as a family!
After thinking about it for a month, it was tough for me to sit down and tell his Principal, therapist, and teachers that were pulling the “we’re the parents card” and saying No.
I think they were shocked to hear this coming from us, especially since we’ve done everything and anything possible we can to help him keep up and begin to succeed in reading and all around academically for the possibility for him to keep up with peers the last several years.
They were suprised I could tell, but GOSH it felt good saying NO!
Not this year, this year I’m going to let that boy go to any camp he wants too and just be the KID he’s MEANT TO BE this summer! Long nightsin the pool, no bedtime to have to wake up for therapy or summer school. Playing in the mud on his four wheeler instead of inside doing worksheets. After four years of all year round school, I think the boy deserves it!
He asked his teacher if he could bring home his binders and work from the year and his teacher was so HAPPY that he actually wanted to. It filled her heart. She was smiling ear to ear while I couldn’t help but giggle inside. I knew what my boy had in store for that work! I know him well, Lol! I could see his devilish grin in his eyes.
He brought it up to our first long weekend at the lake, to BURN IT!
Lol! Yep! That’s my kid. My mom guilt after telling the teachers and second guessing my decision over the last month really was eating me. His idea to burn the year of stress solidified my decision to pull my mom card, and let the kid by a kid. I finally had peace in our decision. I followed my heart against what others felt were best, and I know I did the right thing. At least just for one summer.
He works So hard just try to keep up with other kiddos, school work will probably never be a joy for him. He loves bon fires so tonight we’re having a end of the year celebration bon fire and Burnin’ this business! Celebrating a year of hard work throwing that stress and pressure for him in the fire and releasing my mom guilt and letting it burn baby! ;)-
Sometimes our decisions for our own kids and families may not appease everyone, but as long as it makes us happy, to heck with what others FEEL we should do or need. I know it’s tough, it’s tough for me too, but following my gut like on this decision, always leads you to right answer.
I hope if you have kids, that you celebrate this end of the year with them. This small slice of freedom to them is no schedule, I know a lot of parents feel kids thrive on a schedule, mine do too, heck I do as an adult. But every now in them CHANGE and freedom is good!
Celebrate their year of hard work while enjoying this long weekend with your family and friends because it’s officially summer break! Yay!!
Wishing you and your family a safe, wonderful, and relaxing long holiday weekend!
Happy Memorial Day Weekend Mom Queens!