The Chatterbox

The Chatterbox

News and views from the staff of FamilyEducation.



chrissygreenny's picture chrissygreenny

oh,i wish i could help take this pain away. it is a terrible thing to see our children suffer and flail and struggle. you worry, because you love him. i have no good advice except keep writing about it, keep sharing, and keep right on loving your boy and advocating for him.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks, Christine--I wish I could slip away for a weekend and hang with you!

JohnROSS's picture JohnROSS

Very sorry to hear that L. & you all are having a hard time. Hoping and praying that that gets better for you sooner as opposed to later. Of course I have no advise to give you that you won't have already tried.

A. Boy here just turned 7, doing well in reading & math, horrible in spelling. He's frequently emotionally intense which I'm sure you can relate to.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Just your words of support always help a lot, John--thanks! Yes, "emotionally intense"--that about sums it up.

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

If the panic gets really heavy, just remember to ask yourself, "Do I have what I need for today?".
The answers will come, I believe that. You can only do so much...please don't beat yourself up. I wish I could be there for you, I would have you over for some tea and we'd do friend therapy over a cup.
I'm confident that this is all going to be a journey to something better, I'll be confident enough for the both of us.

I met so many parents who had been through such a rough patch in middle school and 10th grade was like some sort of miracle. Really. It's magical and I saw it over and over.

Until then just love him and love him. At some point, he'll decide the kind of student he wants to be and it will probably blow your mind!
(And teachers should never say they are WORRIED. Action plans and transition plans. NO WORRY.)

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Friend therapy works from afar, too, Omaha--thanks!

I forgot that wise mantra--"do I have what I need for today?"

Thanks for the reminder!