I’m here today.
It’s been too long since I’ve sat down to do this, but I’m determine to post something today before we slide past jack-o-lanterns and candy corn and are met with thankfulness and turkey.
During the hardest days, before understanding 2e and making the decision to homeschool, there were weeks where I blogged everyday.
I sought advice and understanding from others while I vented about the “experts” confusion about my son. This gave me more material than any writer could need.
Once we educated ourselves about 2e children, we tried to enlighten others while we shifted our own strategies and priorities. This also provided additional anecdotes to share.
When out of desperation we leaped into homeschooling myTBP, I was terrified and looked for guidance and support and if I’m being honest, a bit of reassurance that it was okay to educate my son at home and still go to work and educate others.
I had so much to say and ask and question that I had to stagger my blog entries so as not to bombard others.
Today is different.
I continue to advocate and educate others about 2e students. I’m currently writing a book for Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Press hoping to do this very thing. However, I don’t have to fight, beg, cry everyday to outsiders about my son and for my son.
Instead, we homeschool.
I don’t have to share our most personal and emotional struggles. Not only have they dramatically reduced but he’s quiet about his own challenges and I feel I have to respect that.
Instead, we model and brainstorm and practice and negotiate and talk and talk and talk about the steps we need to take. We’re allowed to do this in the “now” while we homeschool instead of hearing about situations that happened hours earlier.
We get to focus on interests and gifts instead of being dragged down by the drudgery of writing already known spelling words three times or making a diorama about a book that wasn’t interesting in the first place.
I’m not going to lie, there have been days where I’ve thought about quitting this blog but when I’m about to do it, I can’t.
There’s more work to do.
I continue to see other parents saddened by the way their children are treated and described by well-being teachers who just don’t understand yet.
I continue to hear about children who are mislabeled and misunderstood and question their own struggles when they have been told they’re smart but feel stupid.
I continue to get emails from parents and teachers, thanking me for shedding a bit of light on 2e kids. The blog still helps, it has purpose.
So while I may not be publishing entries every couple of days, I’m still doing it.
Before signing off, I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support for my mother. After 68 days she went home and continues to get stronger.
We know we are lucky!