I promise that I’m not a liar. When I started blogging here months ago, I really was a homeschooling mom of two kids. I am now a public school mom of three! I suppose it just goes to show how much a life can change in a few months. How does that happen, you ask?
Well, as far as child number three is concerned, I think you’ll understand how that came to be. Our decision to have another child is a good indicator of the level to which we felt like our life was under control despite having a child with type 1 diabetes! James and Luke were 8 and 4, respectively, and we had a good system, a good pattern going. But we felt like a little person was missing, and now we have another little one — another boy — named Benjamin.
Reentering the world of public school was a different process altogether. As I may have mentioned here, we’ve loved homeschooling. Setting our own schedule, spending our days on field trips and our mornings surrounded by books has been dreamy and wonderful. Which is probably why initially I resisted so strongly the idea of James returning to public school. One day I had a tiny tickle of an idea in my mind, “Maybe James should go back to school,” and just as quickly I felt an absolute aversion to the thought! I have nothing against public school, but how could we give up what we were doing? And James was doing so well! I dismissed the initial thought promptly.
The second time the idea came to my mind, I figured I’d better address it logically. I sat down and made a list of the pros and cons of public school for James. To my mind, the advantages of formal schooling were dwarfed by the disadvantages. We had come to love the lifestyle of homeschooling so much! I felt like since I’d considered the issue so conscientiously, I could let it go, and we could keep our status quo.
But the thought that it was time for James to go back to school just wouldn’t leave me alone. Finally, I realized that something in the very back of my mind — call it inspiration or intuition or just “mommy gut” — was telling me something about James and his needs. I decided to truly consider the option of his starting public school, and when I decided to just go ahead and sign him up, I felt great peace.
So he started in second grade at our local elementary school. And you know what, it has been GREAT. I couldn’t have anticipated an easier segue back into public school. Some of James’ initial difficulties in public school have subsided as he’s gotten older and more mature, and he seems to really thrive under his very nurturing and creative teacher! One thing we have absolutely NOT worried about is the care that James receives for his type 1 diabetes. We are grateful beyond measure for a school that listens to our concerns and supports the wonderful school nurse as she takes great care of James! I hardly worry at all about James during the day. And as a mom of now three kids including a newborn, that kind of change is always very welcome!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.