Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Day 658

26 July 2011

Dear [insert teacher's name here]

Darby was not at school yesterday as we were all recovering from having just returned from overseas on Sunday night.

I should mention that Darby is continuing to feel anxious about school every morning.  This morning in particular has been a struggle with his concerns targeted at reading and narratives.  We are doing what we can at our end to boost his confidence and help him move forward, but if there are any big exercises coming up in the classroom I’d appreciate a “heads up” so that perhaps I can get him started at home to make his school days a little easier.  Don’t hesitate to email me any time at [insert email address here]

Kind regards
Leanne Shea Langdown 



26 July 2011

Dear [insert teacher's name here]

Tahlia was not at school yesterday as we were all recovering from having just returned from overseas on Sunday night.

Please note that she will be wearing sneakers to school (instead of school shoes) as she rolled her foot while we were away and it is still quite sore and bandaged.  This will also impact her participation in sports over the next couple of weeks.  We need to be very careful as she has a major calisthenics comp this weekend followed by a cheer comp the following week so we want to be sure we get her foot in good working order J

Kind regards
Leanne Shea Langdown


And that is how we have started term 3 of the school year.  

I am at a loss as to how to make my children feel safe and well at times.  Having a tearful breakfast with my little boy this morning had me feeling quite powerless as a mother.  His lack of confidence in his own abilities, his dread that he will never be able to read like the other kids, his feeling of inadequacy in class have me just wanting to bundle him up and keep him by my side. But that won't work.  All I was able to do this morning was encourage him forward.  To try and break through his anxieties and through his tears and help him to see just how clever and important and inspirational he actually is.  Telling him that he is one of the smartest people we know, that reading and writing is only a tiny part of his world and that every day  he is getting stronger and stronger.  That it may not seem like he is learning but he is and there is a whole lot more than just book smarts.  

And then there is Miss Tahlia who rolled her ankle while in Hawaii.  We've been icing it and rubbing it and exercising it, but last night at cheer she rolled it again not telling anyone because she didn't want to let her team down.  Then at the end of the session she sat in a corner sobbing due to the pain.  Again I just wish I could wrap her up and keep her with me at all times.  But I can't. She went to school today in very high spirits, and she is extremely excited about her upcoming activities. She is just frustrated about this silly foot which is putting a dampener on things.

This mother gig is a hard one.  You just want to draw them close and protect them all the way, but somehow you have to teach them resilience. Somehow you have to let them tackle their challenges and move forward on their own.  Somehow you have to let them flap about in their quest to fly trusting that your safety net will catch them when they fall.  

Somehow you've just got to trust that your best is enough and that everything will turn out ok.

2 comments :

  1. Hang in there Leanne.

    I'm not a mum myself but I'm here hoping that things will settle down and the fears and anxieties will pass soon with lots of motherly love and patience.

    SSG xxx

    Sydney Shop Girl blog

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  2. Oh Leanne :( . Super (((hugs))). You know I understand and feel for you all. I hope Tahlias ankle clears up quick! and that Darby begins to feel success in his reading super soon.

    I am thinking of you guys and the minute this weeks craziness is over I am going to send you a big email! xo

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