MM is having a test lesson at the new pool tonight to see if they can merge him in. I'm kind of doubting it because the guy I talked to isn't the one who planned this lesson, and this lesson is with advanced swimmers, not beginners. I called and asked, and the guy who planned him for this lesson said he had understood from the guy I talked to that MM has had swimming lessons elsewhere. So I explained to him that, yes, he does, but he's been there for almost a year and hasn't progressed at ALL, he's still a beginner. We'll see, but I'm a bit anxious about it.
Bug and MM are both being bullied at school. Bug is a really mellow kid. She doesn't stand up for herself at all, so she's an easy target. She's smiley and happy and likes to include everyone and these 3 girls are little elitist snobs who take over the playground equipment and won't let her play. Or they play a game and tell her she can't play and then tell everyone to run away from her, etc. So today I was picking them up and a mother came up and said she had seen this other girl the other day that shoved her away from the bars. (Bug likes to do flips on the bars) Bug had mentioned these 3 girls several times and at the beginning of the year, she had said she had made friends with them, but now she keeps saying they won't let her play, etc. So I asked her about it and she said she had THOUGHT they were friends, but lately they are mean to her so she's not friends with them anymore. And this mother happened to see the one girl shove Bug off the bar and Bug did NOTHING and didn't really react or stand up for herself either. So the mother scolded the girl and told her to be nice and play together, etc. So I told Bug's teacher now, and they will talk to her about it and find out what's happening, who is involved in it, and hopefully get it resolved. There's also an older girl she keeps talking about that tells her she's ugly and stupid, etc. Then MM keeps coming home saying this boy pushed him down, or that he was kicking his girlfriend (MM had a "girlfriend" in the other class) or that he was saying rude things about him. I also talked to his teacher about that and she said she's heard that name from quite a few kids that he's a bully. But that's a tough one because his mom is the chairman of the parent advisory board with me, so I have to be kind of careful there. And because I know that MM tends to misinterpret actions...if someone accidentally bumps him, he thinks the kid pushed him, I don't know what to think. So I don't want to accuse this kid of being a bully if it's just that he's rough and MM got knocked down on accident, though it doesn't sound like it, because he also said the kid was running after him and his girlfriend kicking and hitting them. And since the teacher said we aren't the first to mention him, I think it's more likely that the kid is just a brat. But at least HE'S already being watched. But I was talking to some other moms and they said the teachers don't watch at recess at all. They sit on a bench and drink their coffee and chat, so they don't see anything that goes on. Hopefully that will change soon! But we now have a week of vacation!! Yay!
Lynne, that is fantastic about the school!! What kind of seminars would you be doing? Is it a high school?
I started a few discussions at Goodreads. I saw that someone rated it 5 stars and then put in their review that it sounded good and they couldn't wait to read it. Is that someone you know? What is it with people rating/reviewing when they haven't read it? I mean, at least this one is a GOOD rating, so that's nice, but it sort of undermines the system if people aren't basing their ratings on their actual feelings having read it!
Sarah, wow...4 houses!! My mom used to do 2 a day. One in the morning, one in the afternoon...4 sounds insane!!!
So was this accident your fault or will there be someone else's insurance that pays for the damages? It must be so sad to be going through this AGAIN. You haven't had this car long, have you?
The new pool depends on tonight. Bug is done, so we don't need to switch her. But MM has a test lesson tonight where they will see what he can do right now, what his level is and in which group they can place him. If he's not far enough to place him in an existing group, there's a 3-5 month waiting period. So it could be anywhere from next week to 5 months from now. But at this point, if they can't place him, I still want to sign him up and we'll wait the 3-5 months because he's been in swimming lessons for 10.5 months and has made ZERO progress other than learning to float. As Marielle said, it SHOULDN'T take that long. He should already be ready for at least the A diploma. But then it took Bug more than 2 years to get A, and even SHE didn't take THIS long to get through a single practice level. She didn't take longer than a few months at any level and he's been at this level since 3 weeks after he started. He had 3 weeks of the pool where they get used to the water, where they learn to float and he was the first kid to move to the actual practice level one. But he's been there ever since and there have been several times that they have moved kids up since then and he just hasn't made it to the next level. He's not getting any better, so they can't move him on. I don't want to spend ANOTHER year at this level before we do something different and he's getting frustrated because he sees all the other kids getting to go on and he is still in the same group. It's not fair to him. But he told me today that he thinks the "frog legs" are hard. (that's how they describe the stroke...you make frog legs, then make them round and then straighten them) If this pool doesn't move faster, I'm going to contact the physical therapist and have his motor skills looked at again. They tested his fine motor skills last year, and he was behind but not enough to warrant therapy. But this seems more like the gross motor skills, which they didn't test. So we may have to do that.
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