Dear mamas in the school yard, I want to write you this letter in the hope that it may help you to understand. I am writing it on behalf of the mother of the child who has a behaviour issue. The one who who’s child may be in your child’s classroom. The one who’s child may at times be disruptive and need lots of attention from the teacher. The one that no doubt, the whole year level will already know about!
273 days. When was the last time you carried something for 273 days? Let alone took good care of it for that length of time. We carry things all the time, maybe a football in our arms, a hat on our heads, or a delicate watch on our wrists… But imagine if you couldn’t put those items down for a whole 273 days. Imagine if it was impossible to forget they were there, even when you fell asleep or had a shower. Imagine if you had to consider them in your thoughts and decisions, every day, making sure they’re well looked after… That means no scruffs, no scratches, no burns or holes. You’ve got to keep that item you’re carrying in perfect condition.
Here’s a sobering thought: no matter how much we love our kids we're going to mess them up in some way. Here’s the exciting part: every now and then I get a delicious glimmer of hope that I am going to raise wonderful human beings with whom I am going to have an amazing relationship. Then, my heart smiles.