Don’t Put Their Light Out: Part 3, The Round Ones

And then there’s the other one… Round.  I’ve heard this word used in a variety of ways throughout our struggles with school this year.  Round pegs in square holes. I’ve got round ones.  My youngest, the dancer, is more round than average (on the spectrum of average for a round one, that is).  You can’t…

Don’t Put Their Light Out: Part 2

“It’s like everyone in my class is a house and I’m just a table.” “I’m not made for school.” “I wish I would just die.”   His self-talk had progressively begun to deteriorate.  By the time winter break rolled around, this happy, bright-eyed, eager learner ended up in a heap of tears wishing he would…

Don’t Put Their Light Out – Part 1

I’ve got Part 2 in the works because it NEEDS to get out of my head (brace yourselves), so I thought I would share Part 1 from the beginning of the school year… Don’t put their light out. That’s all I keep thinking. It’s on repeat – no, it’s a permanent neon sign – in…

In Defense of Boys

I wonder if mothers of only girls receive comments like: “Oh, when are you going to have your boy?” “You are having another baby!  Are you hoping to get your boy?” “Will you keep trying until you get your boy?” I suspect that the narrative about families not being complete until they get their boy…