He gives power to kings,
and he takes their power away.
He gives wisdom to people, so they become wise.
He lets people learn things and become wise.
- When you sense things are not going right at school, intervene early. Unfortunately, school issues can often take a ridiculous amount of time to resolve. It's not unlike watching the painfully slow process of lawmaking. In education, the longer you take to push for resolution, the longer it will take for your child to have the type of school year they deserve.
- Do not allow your school district to change your child's plan from an IEP to a 504 if they are transitioning to another school. I gave my school district the benefit of the doubt because I had such a wonderful, trustworthy team at our grade school. However, that 504 was like having nothing when it came to my daughter's daily life after she entered intermediate school. They didn't even start giving her basic accommodations until more than half-way through the year, when I had made a nuisance of myself. If your child has met the goals in grade school, have them create new ones for the middle school transition. The same goes from intermediate school to high school.
- The older children get, the more apparent it is that school administration tends to feel compassion for those with physical diagnoses, while those with invisible challenges like Autism Spectrum Disorders or ADHD are viewed as "bad" kids in need of discipline. My son with hemophilia was treated with incredible kindness and dignity, while my daughter with ADHD and Asperger's was constantly getting hauled into the Vice Principal's office. She was even given a detention after school one day that was in direct conflict with her 504 Plan.
Needless to say, I will not let these challenges become stumbling blocks for us this year. I know what God has revealed to us in all the turmoil and heart ache. He has opened my eyes to where I was too trusting. He has shown me those who are trustworthy. Most of all, He has made me the blessed steward of 3 remarkable children. Because of that, it is my highest calling to rise to the occasion, like that professional advocate in the photo, and trust that I know what I am doing. Christ lives in me, and because of that, wisdom and learning are only a prayer away.
What are some of the lessons you are carrying with you, as a parent, into this new school year?
PRAY: Father, the accuser seeks to kill, steal and destroy, including our school year. Protect our family and give us Your guidance as we begin again. Strengthen us to walk in confidence that we know what You are revealing to us, especially in regards to our children. Thank You that we don't have to face these struggles alone. You are so faithful!