Hey, Blog family! It’s been awhile! We’re almost back to our new normal school routine and I’m looking forward to adding some blogging time back into the schedule. We have a 10th grader, 6th grader, 2nd grader, and a kindergartener! Tomorrow will be my first official day at home alone.
Over the summer, I had a conversation with a girlfriend about Cub 4 preparing to go to Kindergarten. My biggest concerns were making sure that she would not have an allergic reaction to something she eats while in school, making sure she isn’t around any of her classmates who bring peanut-related items, and just the assurance that the school would take her allergies seriously. So, my friend said, “[MB], you’re just going to have to be THAT parent.” She knows me well and knew that I needed to face reality. I didn’t want to be THAT parent! I had had plenty of experiences with THAT parent while teaching, and I could not stand dealing with those parents! I didn’t want Cub 4’s teacher to run and hide when she saw me walking down the hall.
I couldn’t be THAT parent. So, instead of getting my list of suggestions ready for how to keep Cub 4 safe throughout the school year, I tucked the idea in the back of my head that I would just homeschool her if I didn’t feel comfortable leaving her at school. Period.
Then, yesterday we had a meeting with her teacher, as well as the nurse, and WOW!
– All of the teachers and staff who will work with Cub 4 received a red folder containing all of her information. I mean they were being passed out while we were there!
– A letter will be sent home to the parents of her classmates.
– The nurse will do a lesson on sharing with Cub 4’s class.
– PB and I can go on any field trips that could present a potential food-eating accident.
– Even her teacher, who normally eats energy bars with peanuts for her snack, has decided to switch her snack this year!
There’s even more accommodations in place for students like Cub 4 that include peanut-free tables at lunch and no food-related treats allowed on birthdays. Did I mention that I love the principal at this school?! The nurse and her aid have also been amazing! No wonder my other cubs love going to the nurse’s office!
Well…I don’t think I have to homeschool Cub 4 after all, and I’m so glad that I don’t have to be THAT parent! After I get my one good cry out tomorrow morning after dropping her off for her first full day of school, I’ll look forward to seeing her in the car riders lane with Cub 3 after school!
I’m standing on God’s promise (Genesis 28:15) to protect Cub 4 wherever she goes.