I have decide that I will include those 'life' posts again. I'll always put 'NSBR' in the title, so if you are here looking for my scrapbooking goodies, you can ignore them. And if you are here looking to read about my life, just click the NSBR label and you'll get just my life posts:)
So, to start off posting abotu just my life LOL...Today is back to school. I cannot possible say YAY loud enough to capture how relieved I am. This summer has been by far the most trying summer in my life as a parent. For the three previous summers, Coram has been in a summer long day program. This helps him because he really needs the structure and routine. However, after my back injury last year and the circumstances around it, the program decided that they no longer felt they could keep Coram safe this year. So I spent the months coming up to summer trying to secure summer care.
And this is what I encountered:
- - There are 4 community centers in the city that offer 'inclusive' programs.
- - There are way more kids than there are spots
- - Because of this mis-match, each child can only be given 2 weeks at each center
- - The supportive staff at these centers are primarily volunteers, from late high school or early university, who are enthusiastic and willing but completely untrained
And these are the results:
- - Volunteers are awkward and unsure when they first meet Coram, two to three days are spent getting over that
- - Two to three days need to be spend building a rapport with Coram, then they maybe have one good day
- - the weekend comes, and the break intrudes on the rapport
- - In the second week, Coram becomes aware that he is leaving that center, gets anxious about that, and starts acting up
We only kept this up for a couple of different centers, because it just wasn't worth the stress. I would get until maybe noon at the latest before I was called to go pick him up. I wasn't getting any work done, he wasn't getting the structure, and we were all stressed. So I just kept him home the rest of the summer.
Now, I love my kids, but after several weeks of this, I was about to lose my mind. I am just so very thankful that school is back in session.
Now, in a few weeks I may feel differently, when the slogg of getting Coram out of bed for his 7:34 bus pick up and packing lunch and dealign with school issues gets me down. But for today, I am content.