Daily Archives: May 24, 2011
1 week to go and I will be free! (temporarily)— free from the work it takes to get Lily through school every day. Her ADHD & difficulties with Executive Function have made her first year of middle school extremely difficult for her and for me. The organizational demands of 6th grade have been overwhelming for her and I’ve been acting as her Executive Function support and scaffolding all year.
At least for the next couple of months… I’ll be free from the torture of nagging Lily to get ready for school. Getting her out of the house–on time—every day is a major feat. So, at least for the summer… no reminding, over and over again. No fighting. No frustration. No yelling. No tears. And that’s just the morning.
I won’t have to try to figure out every night what homework she has to do, when it’s due, if she’s done it and/or if she’s turned it in. I won’t have to check the Parent Portal to find out what assignments she has missing. No hurrying through dinner and showers to try to get Lily settled down enough to fall asleep at a decent hour. We can enjoy summer evenings on our porch, watching the sun set behind the mountains, while the kids goof around and I guzzle a box of wine. GUZZLE-to drink especially liquor greedily, continually, or habitually
This has been the hardest school year for me since Lily started Kindergarten. The extreme effort it takes to try to keep this ADHD/2E kid caught up on her assignments seems to be never ending and exhausting.
Lily is tired too. She desperately needs time to just play and explore and exercise, after being cooped up at school, forced into a rigid environment that emphasizes her weaknesses, instead of her strengths.