In a previous post, I shared the three questions to ask yourself before your child changes schools. In this post, I share our story of changing schools for our younger two boys.Our Story of Changing Schools
This past fall, we tried a new school for all four of our kids. I quickly had to accept that two of my children did not like it. I kept hoping things would happen to miraculously turn things around; a new friend, a good test score, etc. But there was no signal of a turnaround in sight.
After about two weeks, I found myself comforting my crying 8-year-old. He was mumbling that he just could not go to that school any more. It was 1 in the morning. It hit me that he was still processing his distress about the school in his sleep! As I start to assure him (and myself) that everything would work out, I hear a little 6-year-old voice from across the room whimper, “Me too, Mom. I don’t want to go there either.”
When I got back to my bed, I woke Phil.
“Please give me twenty reasons why, if the boys didn’t go to that school, they will still turn out to be fine, upstanding, financially independent citizens!!”
I had lost sight of the truth. Once you start believing that there is only one best way to educate your kids, you’ve lost touch with reality, discounted the capabilities of your children, and attempted to harness the mystery of life while you’re at it.
So that night, Phil and I faced reality. After we walked through those questions, we knew the right option for them was to leave. We made the decision, notified the schools and never looked back.
Well, that is the true story of our school change. Here are the boys on their second first day of school this fall. Going into 3rd and 1st grades…
I’m pleased to report that they are happy, learning and self-assured once again.