Where are you headed as a special needs parent?
I’m talking about school.
On Facebook yesterday, parents were posting pictures of kids lined up by the front door, or at the bus stop for the first day of school.
School doesn’t start for my kids for a couple of weeks, but today I somehow managed to take all four of my children to Kmart to buy backpacks and tennis shoes (and I must say, we barely made it out alive. I asked the check out person if they sold any cold drinks with an eyebrow raised, and she quickly replied that Kmart did sell cold drinks, but not the kind I probably wanted ).
I am ready for school to start, but I am nervous too. For special needs parents (well, any parents for that matter) a new school year brings a lot of emotion.
So I ask you: Where are you headed as a special needs parent?
I have one daughter with Down syndrome headed into a mainstream first grade classroom with a full-time aid, and another daughter with Down syndrome going back to a self-contained preschool classroom.
Polly’s still not fully potty trained, and I’m not crazy about Evangeline’s placement. For those of you who are farther along in the journey of parenting a child with special needs, does the beginning of a school year ever get easier?
As a special needs parent, I’m headed towards worry, but I want peace.
What about you? How old is your kid(s) and where is he/she/they headed this year for school?
And are you headed towards worry, or peace?
(Be sure to catch this Friday’s guest post by Paige Hamilton, a homeschooling mother of five! (GULP!) Can’t wait to hear what Paige has to share about fresh starts to new school years.)
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