We opted to do things differently this time and chose to home school Bob, but he is now 7 and we've come to realise that he needs to spend more time with others, despite him having good social and communication skills. He is a little clingy towards me and with me having to spend so much time away, he has been having anxiety issues that my husband has found difficult to deal with on his own. So my hand has been forced and I've had to go through the process of selecting a school for him to attend.
I had already visited several schools and done my research carefully over the past 3 years, knowing this day would come and we have of course used some of the holiday facilities in the past, but I'd never left him on his own. So last week, I made the decision to book him into a school near where we are relocating to at the end of the month for his pre school assessment.
I must confess I hadn't done much preparation in regards to discussing this with Bob, I really didn't want to put my anxieties and worries onto him. So the night before we packed his day bag, with a drink and snacks and a familiar toy and made sure we had an early night.
In the car on the way there in the morning I told Bob about where we were going and what was going to happen, how they were going to assess him and that I would be back after lunch time to collect him. I filled in all the paper work on arrival and then Bob was led off into the school, without glancing back once. I then asked what I was to do and they said I could go home and return at 1pm.
I didn't want to go home, what if there was a problem? It was a 30 minute drive each way, so having not done this for a good few years, I turned to Social Media for advice and was told to go find a coffee shop near by, buy a magazine and keep an eye on the phone, this is after all a very stressful situation for any parent and was a natural response to be worried and concerned.
I couldn't wait for 4 hours, so I arrived back an hour early and was told Bob had been fine, he'd passed the assessment with flying colours and had been accepted into their day care facility and I was welcome to go and see him at play and view the facilities.
Bob was extremely happy to see me and show me around and introduce me to his new friends. He seems happy there and the staff were welcoming and friendly and I'll be more than happy for Bob to attend regular sessions from now on. Bob was shattered when we got home so it was Macdonald's for tea all round and another early night as we had Halloween to prepare for the following day.
Oh just one thing........Did I mention Bob is a dog?
Oh hi Bob! How cute are you? Literally made me "awwww" out loud, especially with that Happy Meal box haha!ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!
he was stuck with that meal box for a few minutesDelete
Hope Bob is doing OK! Would love a dog, but would get toooooo attached! Atleast someone would be happy to see me when I got home!!ReplyDelete
Bob is always pleased to see me when i get homeDelete
Ha! A lovely tail/tale with a twist. I'm glad the day care worked out. Is that pool part of it? Wow. Lucky canines.#TweensTeensBeyondReplyDelete
yes the pool is part of the facility, there's an indoor one alsoDelete
What a lovely dog! Glad to see that the cat is getting in on the act too lol! #TweensTeensBeyondReplyDelete
oh the cat is never left outDelete
You had me going here but then I rumbled you. I was thinking 'how have we missed this'!!!!! Hi Bob!!! #tweensteensbeyondReplyDelete
lol, Bob is my babyDelete
Hahahaha brilliant! I had no idea Bob was a dog! I was surprised at the beginning because I thought I remembered that all your children were grown up, but I figured I'd just misunderstood an earlier post! But anyway, I'm glad Bob enjoyed his first morning at daycare and I hope he has many more happy days to come! #triumphanttalesReplyDelete
Bob is loving his day care, as soon as his back pack comes out, he gets so excitedDelete
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Well Suzanne you had me there. I found myself thinking "how did I miss that there was a 7 year old in the house?" I am probably not alone with that thought. I am so glad Bob has settled in, he certainly looks happy! #TweensTeensBeyondReplyDelete
Bob is my baby, lol. As I've been away most of the summer I realised not many people would know much about himDelete
Hahaha you had me going a little bit - bless him, he's so cute!ReplyDelete
oh he has his moments, he's usually under my feet all the time, so day care is good for us bothDelete
Well he may be a dog but he seems to definitely be your baby! I loved this post Suzanne, the maternal instinct is still going strong. Will you be having his new friends back home on play dates!? I have a friend who sends her cocapoo to dog nursery and he loves it! Thanks so much for sharing with us #TweensTeensBeyondReplyDelete
we have lots of playdates and matching outfits for his girlfriend for christmasDelete
Awww bless him, good boy XReplyDelete
as always xDelete
Hee hee - I knew Bob was a dog but I still wondered if you also had had an extra child you rarely, if ever mentioned!! I am just trying to think of how Saari might have reacted had we went her to school .... not good methinks! #AnimalTalesReplyDelete
oh good lord no, i've no time for anymore childrenDelete