Wednesday, May 26, 2010
My week with the boys
When I had young toddlers I thought that once the boys got into school things would get so much easier for me as a parent. I don't think that any more. It's been a challenging year with my oldest in school. His ability to retain information in school has been quite slow and he was recommended to the school learning psychologist to sort out why he is having trouble retaining/retrieving information. After filling out 2 long surveys about my son's behavior, I started to wonder what kind of issues he has that will affect his time in school and in life from here on in. We meet with the psychologist next week to find out what the results from all these tests will be.
The one thing I've thought about in all this is that I really need to step it up in terms of finding an outlet that my son is really good at so that school doesn't feel so painful. He is amazing at sports, and I've really hesitated to want to put him in organized sports because of the time commitment and over-scheduling that I resist against. I can't stand the thought of driving my kid around from soccer to baseball practice, eating fast food in the car because we don't have time to sit down and have a proper meal. I also don't like the thought of our kids being so over-scheduled that they don't have time for 'free play'. Like the photo above, where the boys took a whole Saturday to find boxes and build themselves a fort on the drive way. If we had soccer practice and swimming lessons on Saturdays, that wouldn't have happened. As I think about this next school year, I'm already thinking about how to sort out this dilemma- the innate talent I see in my son for all things sports-like and my resistance to want to sign the whole family up for all the practices and games that organized sports requires one to commit to. Well, I have the summer to think about it and hopefully in the end I won't have any guilty feelings either way...