little miss sunshine is back!

5 Nov

‘Mom, is Iliana not going to school anymore?’


I dreaded this question ever since I decided to take her out of school. As a a responsible and grown up parent I decided to address the situation when the timing was right. I wasn’t ready for 06:42 in the morning though.

‘Well honey, no. Iliana is not going to school anymore’.

‘But why?’

‘She was miserable. She was being bullied. Remember how you had a hard time at this kindergarten as well?  I usually avoid bringing the bullying incident up but I felt like unless he felt her pain there was no way he would accept her quitting school.

‘Yes, I remember. In that case, you did good.’

I always seem to forget how wise Yiannis can be for his age. If you manage to have the patience to explain EVERYTHING in FINE PRINT to him, 24/7, you are in for a treat. I rarely do have it nowadays, I’m afraid.

So, yes. I did the unthinkable. At least for Greek standards. I decided to keep her home for one more year. At the age of almost 4. And you know what? She is back. Happy, smiling, joyful, positive, full of energy and the life of the party.

I might not have any free time left but I will eventually, and I am in no particular rush at the moment. I am planning on savoring the one on one quality time I have with her.

I am relieved and calm again (most of the time). 

Thank you for your support, your ideas and your comforting words. Thank you Jenny & Matt for pointing out the obvious and proving that at times like these you really have to listen to your instinct and look at the big picture.

until next time, 




12 Responses to “little miss sunshine is back!”

  1. mmtread November 5, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    I’m so glad that your happy girl is back! I think you’ve done the right thing. Enjoy you time together!

    • wonderlandbytatu November 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

      I will Matt, thank you for your support, I really appreciate it.

  2. momtimes4 November 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    You’re doing the right thing for her. You’re a great mom!

  3. nothingbythebook November 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    The courage of a mother who knows what’s right for her little. xoxo (As an aside: what sort of world do we live in in which it is the norm for 4 year olds to be bullied? How did this happen? How does this still happen?)

    • wonderlandbytatu November 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

      I know, right? I was shocked when Yiannis had to deal with it when he was 4 but it unfortunately it seems like its the norm nowadays…

  4. meditatingmummy November 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    T, your instincts were spot on, well done. The result is that she is back, smiling, happy and herself. It takes patience and strength to decide what is best for your child not what someone else says is best. You may not have much time for yourself, but you feel better, happier and that time you have together will be so precious.
    Talk to you soon,
    Hugging you

    • wonderlandbytatu November 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      Thank you my friend. Yes, I will enjoy the time with her I will also have days like today that I will be longing for bedtime at 4pm 😉

  5. November 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    It sounds like you made the right decision. A change was needed. It’s best for you and her. Sometimes we compound a problem by sticking to our decision when we need to back up and start again.

  6. ramblingsfromamum November 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    You made me smile, I am glad we were able to guide you. This time with her will be so special and she will be ready..when she is ready. So pleased for both of you and you will have plenty of time for yourself in the years ahead and wonder ‘how did your little babies grow up so fast’ {hugs} xx

    • wonderlandbytatu November 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

      I know!! I already miss the baby years. Time truly flies (most of the times at least) xxx

  7. sakuraandme November 13, 2013 at 5:20 am #

    Hi T 🙂

    You made a very rise decision. There’s plenty of school years ahead and being bullied at such a young age is madness.
    This will give her 1 more year to breathe and just relax being a child and you the time to have that one on one.
    Hugs to both of you. Paula xxx

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