Mom Wants A Diabetes Cure

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Communication With Your Kids And School Is Key

Yesterday, Jeff had a talk with Brendon about the football incident at school (see previous post). Amongst the daddy wisdom he imparted upon Brendon was the suggestion that in order for everyone who plays the game to be on the same page, to literally take a page and write down rules that everyone must follow.

Now, in order for Brendon to not come off as Mr. Boss again, Jeff suggested that everyone picks a rule to put down on paper.

So let it be written. So let it be done.

Well, today Brendon suggested the idea to his friends and they were all for it.

Each boy made a rule. The one that wasn't included was blocking!

They had their teacher makes copies for herself, each of the boys, and the recess teacher.

Today, they played a game of football while Brendon refereed.

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Jeff talked to the Vice Principal of the school about the fact that Brendon's glucose wasn't tested during his act of aggression although a low blood sugar wasn't the reason for his behavior.

She said she totally understood because she has a male relative who has diabetes and he gets aggressive when he's low, so she understands the importance of checking Brendon. Plus, she knows we're not trying to use his diabetes as an excuse to keep him out of trouble, so our credibility isn't being questioned which helps with the school's staff be more cooperative and not so quick to undermine the plan.

Next week, we'll meet with her and the guidance counselor to review the plan we have in place. A suggestion I'm going to make is that a list of procedures be planted in each place where Brendon will be throughout the school day so that if he acts out or misbehaves, the teacher on hand can refer to the procedures and take the planned action rather than give an immediate reprimand.

So let it be written. So let it be done.

8 Comments:

  • I'm hearing Charlton Heston's voice in my head....is that what you were going for? :)

    By Blogger Sunshine, at 2/21/2008 7:43 PM  

  • Ha, very close. It would be Yul Brenner.

    By Blogger Shannon, at 2/21/2008 7:55 PM  

  • I'm impressed. Your ability to work w/ the school is commendable and can only help Brendon.
    And - you're going to get more snow than me tomorrow! I'm tired of snow, winter, etc...

    By Blogger Colleen, at 2/21/2008 9:16 PM  

  • Well-handled. We're also having communication issues amongst the staff at Tomas' school. Based on your plan - I'm going to suggest that his care plan be available in the locations where he will be.

    By Blogger Carmen & Todd, at 2/22/2008 1:03 AM  

  • Colleen,
    Thanks! You used to be a teacher, right? So you would have an idea of how a parent should work with the school. Good to know that we're doing OK :) I don't know what to make of this weather, I checked and we're only getting 1-2 inches. I thought we were getting a lot more.
    I'm tired of it too.

    Carmen,
    I feel like we can tell them all they need to know, but if the people in the meeting don't pass the word to everyone he deals with, then there might as well be no plan. I hope it works. I'll let you know!

    By Blogger Shannon, at 2/22/2008 7:19 AM  

  • Very nicely handled.

    By Blogger Carey, at 2/22/2008 8:13 AM  

  • Thanks, Carey :)

    By Blogger Shannon, at 2/22/2008 8:42 AM  

  • Great job to you and jeff. putting an interactive approach that put ownership to each individual seems to be the best remedy.

    Congrats to both of you.

    By Blogger Chris, at 2/22/2008 9:07 AM  

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