‘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’.
‘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,