Friday, February 2, 2018

The Breaking Point

The hard part about blogging under your own name is that there are certain points where your story intersects with someone else's story in a way that makes it hard for you to share. I blogged a lot about my kids when they were little. Initially it was without much thought to their own person-ness. As they grew, and I learned more, I pulled back from that. I don't have the right to tell someone else's story. When I do share kid things here it is with their permission. And frankly, at their current ages, they do a lot less of the cutesy stuff that made blogging so popular back in the day!

I'm also a "verbal processor." I think out loud. Or in this case, through my keyboard. There are a number of situations I've written about in order to be able to find my feelings about them. I've come to a lot of conclusions at the end of a blog post that I don't think I would have otherwise seen. It's not foolproof of course. There are still some things about life and parenthood that baffle. Maybe there are things that don't have answers!

I've been posed a question: "How do you know when enough is enough?" and the first thing that comes to mind is a very current situation. One of the kiddos is having a really rough time in school. Such that running away and refusal to do work are pretty common themes. Behavior plans are not working and I've been called a number of times to come rescue this kid. Things came to a head this week when said child was suspended. No more school until we can all meet and come up with a plan that keeps everyone safe.

Obviously enough is enough. These behavior issues have been escalating and the solutions we have tried are not working. We need a better plan. Kids need to be in school. Students need to learn. Teachers need to be able to teach. Parents need to be able to work. And we need all those things to happen simultaneously.

We have a sit down meeting scheduled for this afternoon. In some ways I am looking forward to all of us coming around the table to come up with a plan. In some ways I am dreading the sense of judgement and intimidation that comes with sitting around a table listening to a list of "what's wrong with your child." I've done my research. I've called on a number of colleagues in the college of education. I've spoken with teacher-friends. I'm asking the psychologist to sit in on the meeting with me.

All I know is that this week a child, two parents, and a school all said "enough is enough!"

This has been a Secret Subject Swap. This week 10 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado
Never Ever Give Up Hope
Cognitive Script
The Lieber Family Blog
 The Bergham Chronicles
Southern Belle Charm
 The Blogging 911
My Brand of Crazy
Part-Time Working Hockey Mom

My subject is "How do you know when enough is enough?" It was submitted by

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