Tuesday, April 16, 2013

School Change for Aidan

Aidan got to take two spring breaks this year- the one on the school calendar, and and extra week while we worked on changing schools.  While we'd planned to bring him to our neighborhood school at the beginning of the next school year, circumstances expedited the change.  

It was a really hard couple of weeks.  I don't want to share all the details of what and why.  We don't really know all of the details around the incident that led to us taking him out of his school.  Obviously, this is a big part of the problem- but what we do know is that we doubted a kid that rarely gives us a reason to, and he was devastated when we chose not to believe him and laid down consequences.  Once we realized that things weren't what they had seemed that, we started working on making things right, starting with a change in teachers- meaning a change of school.  Making that decision was the worst of it-after that, it was paperwork and phone calls and more paperwork and more phone calls.  On our way out to Long Beach, we got the call that there was an unexpected opening in our neighborhood school, vacated last Friday by a boy named Ayden.   It melted the stress away, allowing us to relax and enjoy our trip. 

He started at his new school on Monday, and it seems like our Aidan is mostly handling the transition well.  Different rules and standards of behavior take time to adjust to, and he's not entirely sure how he feels about them. Making new friends can be an intimidating thing to face, especially for a kid who is a homebody.  Through the messy parts and even now, he's been a bit more emotional, a bit more touchy, and we're re-learning that a kindergartner, even one with the vocabulary of an old man and a basic knowledge of evolution, is still a very little boy who is very tender.  

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