When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts. – Dalai Lama

Send her to school, they said. She’ll be okay, they said. All I heard today as my darling daughter walk into her kindergarten glass was her screaming and the teacher saying “We’ll make it work.” That’s so reassuring.

When we were doing her re-evaluation for her IEP I questioned her kindergarten readiness. I voiced, heavily, my opinion that we should hold her back for one more year to see if she has a chance to “catch up” a little to her peers. I was greeted with resistance to the matter, though I’m not sure its because they were just tired of dealing with me or whether they honestly believed she would be okay in a kindergarten setting.

So tonight broke my heart.

I stood there listening to my daughter screaming and I was thankful for the anxiety medication that the doctor has prescribed me. Is it too late to back out now? Sadly, yes. They shouldn’t just “make it work”. My daughter should be going to school when she is ready and not any sooner. I don’t want her to end up hating school. She loves school. She loves to learn, and while I know she’s a social butterfly I’m now terrified that she’s being pushed into something too soon.

Maybe I’m over reacting. After all she is developmentally delayed, but I’ve never seen her act like that at school.

School starts on Thursday. Pray for us.

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