|This photo inspired so indepth thought for me today....|
We were looking through some pictures on the internet after I asked her, 'what kind of images make you happy'...and I came across this one which really inspired some very very deep thinking for me. So simple and yet so very thought provoking. It could be taken so many ways...there are so many different paths that can be taken in so many different areas. And I think as a family it is time we started paving.
I love my family, and the life we all have. We are truly blessed everyday...however there are elements that need to change, and WE are the only ones who can make those changes.
I refer back to my opening paragraph for one....DD8 is the victim of some bullying at school it isn't on the 'small/insignificant' side either. Lets just say we have started taking photo evidence and diary notes. We have spoken to the teacher and will be following it up closely to make sure it isn't just swept under the rug. A little bit of background for those who don't know, is that we also believe DD8 has aspergers, she has shown signs for many years. However we keep coming up against the 'no she doesn't fit the exact bill' wall....again, something we will be pushing harder at now that the school are finally starting to see what we see. She is finding it harder to mask and hide her differences, and she is falling further behind mainstream.
So this leads me to one of the first roads that need to be 're paved'...what to do about it all. Even if we get the bullying sorted, we still feel that she needs something more than the school can provide. Our school has over 700 students and is very focused on sport and performing arts...but mainly sport. It is very dominated by boys and we think she is just going to get lost there.
Guess what is left now is what choices we have. The two clear front runners are, move to another (smaller) school, or home school...... Will keep you updated on the journey to both a decision and how it works for her.
In the meantime we will deal with the issue of the bullying and helping her through it. Which for this immediate moment means lots of love and positive talk, snuggles and mental health days at home when they are needed.