More Than Schools

The Diary of a Not So Ordinary Boy

One of the nicest by-products of Sam’s switch from mainstream to special education has been the improvement in our family holidays.  I don’t mean that we have suddenly come into a previously undiscovered pot of money, enabling us to jet off to glamorous locations far and wide; sadly, no.  Neither do I mean that my children have suddenly stopped the fighting that ensues as they seek to reassert themselves, re-set the pecking order, as they spend more time in each other’s company than they do in term times; sadly, not that.  And unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on which way you look at it, we haven’t got longer holidays, either.

No, what I mean is that, since starting his secondary journey, our school holidays, those times of testing and challenge for me, the at-home (if sadly no longer stay-at-home) mother are immeasurably lifted by Sam’s inclusion in the extra-curricular.  This is…

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