Changes

I have 14 days until Aiden goes through his 5th grade promotion. When Aiden was in his four year old preschool class I made the decision to delay his start. His wonderful teacher Miss Sara suggested I start Aiden in kindergarten when he was six. Aiden has a late summer birthday and he was more immature than several of his four year old  buddies. Delaying his kindergarten start was the best thing I could have done for him. You know, aside from potty training him and taking away his binkie. School has gone very well for him academically and his socially he is right on track with his peers. It hasn’t always been easy for us. My kids spends have grown up spending the majority of their time with Keith and myself.  They often feel anxious around new situations and new people. Sometimes it takes Aiden awhile to get adjust to a new environment.  We don’t have our bio family in Maryland to help us our through tough times so we made our own family here in Maryland. I am so grateful to my Maryland family for helping Aiden grow into a more confident guy. Moving to middle school will be hard on Aiden and myself.  I know the elementary school staff incredibly well. I know he is safe and taken care of there. I hear about any problems before he comes home from school.

I don’t have connection to the middle school. I have to trust Aiden to take care of himself. I have to trust Aiden to be a 6th grader. I’m not there yet.  He has visited the middle school several times. He has been practicing using a lock. Most importantly he saw the variety of carbonated drinks in the cafeteria. (FYI, they are juice drinks and not soda). Aiden has chosen his language classes; either Mandarin or French. French in case he wants to play a game of hockey in Quebec. You know, cause that could happen to a Maryland kid. I think I am going to have him take some Tae Kwan Do classes this summer, to help with self defense. Aiden has a huge heart and will stand up for his friends. I want him to be able to do this without being stuffed into a locker. Thankfully,  he is not as small as I was at that age. I definitely fit into lockers.  So, 14 days until we move through the next stage of childhood. I’m heading to the drugstore to buy some cheap waterproof mascara so I can make it through without humiliating him or myself. But mostly him.

 

1st cottage trip

1st cottage trip

Aiden and His first shepherd Meadow

Aiden and His first shepherd Meadow

Aiden at three months old

Aiden at three months old

Aiden with his beloved grandpa Ron. Best guy ever.

Aiden with his beloved grandpa Ron. Best guy ever.

Aiden and Madeleine Feb. 2005

Aiden and Madeleine Feb. 2005

 

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