Then these two podcasts are for you! The first podcast was recorded for The Faster Than Normal Podcast with Peter Shankman and I'm so proud of this interview! It really highlights the journey that we've been on a family from feeling so embarrassed and fearful of the diagnosis, to feeling super proud and enlightened!Read More
Wow, it’s been a while since I sent out a blog, times flies when you're having fun and being a mum to an ADHD child is never dull that's for sure! If you follow me on social media, you'll have seen that things are getting very exciting at the Susy Parker camp! If you’ve missed any of that, I thought I would send you an update to let you know that I'm working on a FREE Ebook for parents.Read More
I have lost count of the number of times I have been in called in to meet with Sarah's teachers. It began when she was just three years old and had bitten another child at Nursery. At four years old, I was called into the school as she wasn't displaying any signs of empathy.
Then when Sarah was five, I was called in again, as she would often not listen to the teacher and was unable to sit still. However, I don't think anything could have prepared me for how often I would be called into school when Sarah turned six. At one point I was called in every week, sometimes twice a week.
Most of the children in Sarah's school had their NAPLAN results on Friday, but Sarah misplaced hers, which is the norm in our family. It was probably sitting next to her missing lunchbox, which was next to her missing homework bag, next to her missing shoes (I mean who loses their school shoes - they are on her feet)!
We always find them, sitting on a wall or they are left outside her class, or in the lost property box, so all is good; everything turns up in the end. It doesn't faze me anymore. So unlike the rest of the Australian children, we didn't receive Sarah's Naplan results until Tuesday. She took them out of her bag and ran to me clutching the envelope in her hands!
For any parent watching their child receive a merit certificate in the school assembly, is a 'proud parent moment'.
The anticipation, the smiles, the joy, the happiness. To see their face, light up as they hear their name, to watch them receive their merit, and to catch their glance and give them a thumbs up! For many parents, you can stop and breathe a sigh of relief as you must be doing something right.
Over the last few months, I had talked continually to friends and family about how fantastic Sarah was doing in school. She was improving with her reading and writing, making friends and after being selected to play violin in the school orchestra; life felt great!
I have also learned, however, that normality in our family doesn't happen for very long and that soon, issues could arise! A year ago we were called into the school most days, so with everything being so quiet on the Western front, I knew that things couldn't stay peaceful forever.