It's Going to be a Tough Week
I can’t be the only one that’s already wondering where the weekend went and how my diary has filled up so fast? To make matters worse I’m almost out of medication and I have a child at home due to an issue with the local school.
I’m not going to go into details but I’m bemused that every single child that has some kind of additional emotional need seems to get removed from this school. What a damning endorsement. I had heard this, yet have had two children pass through without issue. Now I’m seeing another side of the coin and it’s rather disturbing.
As I get older I find it’s easier to be tolerant. One is supposed to get more conservative, yet I’ve always been one to break the mould. Why follow a trend when you can strike out on your own?! Why oh why are our schools so rigid? It’s almost as though we’re encouraging stereotypical behaviour from our children, especially our boys.
My son likes school, is usually engaged and enthusiastic. He’s not ashamed to get up in front of a crowd and dance, or sing. He approaches new tasks with gusto. For this he is ridiculed and the boys (why is it always the boys) target him as easy pickings. When he retaliates, of course, he is the one that results in taking the blame.
Oppressed to Oppressor
Sometimes, taking some blame is justified. I have explained many times to my child that once the victim turns onto the aggressor then sometimes they themselves become the person that has done wrong. Violence is never acceptable and there are better ways to deal with things.
However, when you perceive that you’re not being given the chance to explain yourself it’s tough. It’s a complicated matter. Yet so many people accused of wrongdoing in actual fact begin as the victims of bullying. It’s something repeated again and again. Systematic bullying is still rife in our society, wrapped up in ‘it’s just a joke’, ‘boys will be boys’ and other awful terms.
I’m over it. I’m supporting my child. I have no idea what will happen going forward, but I will do whatever I can to ensure they are supported and continue to enjoy their education.
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