Thanks to everyone who responded to yesterday’s post.
Many people had concerns about how Finn would do socially in middle school - especially since most of us had such hellish experiences there.
I’ve thought about this too, but here’s the thing: a) the middle school where we live is actually really great (particularly how they transition kids into 6th grade) and b) socially things suck for him now. He feels boys his age only talk about sports and girls only talk about boys. He just wants to connect with peers on a bigger level.
Am I delusional to think this is more possible in Middle School?
This year has been a big meh for Finn.
Not only is his teacher a super old skool my way or the highway type teacher, but Finn simply feels underwhelmed both socially and academically.
This last week I’ve been thinking about how to help him navigate the 4th grade doldrums; not just now, but next year (where he will be with the same teacher). While I could go through a public school bureaucratic nightmare that I doubt will result in any change, I’ve also been thinking about private school and more drastically, skipping 5th grade altogether and having him start middle school next year.
He’s a big kid, he reads at an 8th grade level, he is doing math at a 6th grade level and can navigate most social situations pretty well.
Any thoughts out there?
As a few of you have noticed, I’ve been slowly coming back to this world of Tumblr. I’ve been lurking here and there, but mostly enjoying the break.
After several comments (both from peeps on here, as well as in real life) back in January that I seemed “off” in someway, I needed to listen to the feedback and take some time and refocus.
As I’ve said several times, this blog is both about and for Finn. The line is not always clear however about how my experience is - or more importantly, is not - a part of that narrative. When he is reading this at some point in the future, I want him to know what was happening for me outside of him during this time. Yet, I do not want it to be a vehicle for me to stroke my ego or work through my crap. Social media blah blah makes that line super grey.
So at least for the near future dbd is going to be pretty focused on:
I hope you are all well out here. Feel free to kick me in the ass on occasion if you think I need it.
P.S. I have a purdy new theme. Go check it out: discoballdad.tumblr.com/