I'm just back from town and I have had an encounter that only the gods could have arranged.
All year Dave and I have been wondering about our decision to hold Asha back for a bonus year of kinda. She is December born and if we send her to school this coming year she will be the youngest in the class and to be honest we have concerns that she is not ready. So a bonus year was decided and all systems were put in place. I was still a little...errrrrh about it all. I needed to look at the choice we were given objectively, not emotionally....bloody hard to do as a PARENT!
So...today....here I was in a local store, purchasing a hat for Asha and the man behind the counter starts up a little chit chat with her. "I'm 5 soon" she pipes up..."Oh...so you are off to school next year?"...I politely say that Asha is going to have a bonus year at kinda next year. His wife who was close by, says to me with kind eyes "Thats the best decision you could have made", my response...........Please say more!!!
"I have 3 girls and 1 boy, my youngest is now in year 12, they were all "late in the year babies" and we held them all back. They have gone extremely well in year 12 and the "Driving and going out on the weekend issues are fine".......He says...."Our kids are all great kids and we have no regrets now, even though at the time our parents thought we were making a huge mistake. "
This is what I needed, the crystal ball is still foggy but at least I have heard from another perspective. I needed reassurance that at the "other end" she has the opportunity to be OK.