Wednesday, September 11, 2013
We're doing something wrong, or by wrong I mean not enough of some thing that would support this little girl.
And I'm at a loss. I feel depleted and wonder if I've failed her some how, effed up the groundwork in her early years to have created these problems myself. 49-51% nurture v. nature on any given day, or at any given moment.
When she and I do connect it's with a weird oppositional intensity that I don't really like participating with, and so recently have made progress at not participating. But then I'm challenged redefining our connection 'cause I barely know what it should look and feel like. Firstborns really get the crap end of the stick, no?
While our lessons are thus far moving easily, it's only been a week, I suspect it's quite possibly solely because once she's completed it she gets to move on to whatever she likes, and lately I'm worthless in enforcing natural consequences much much later---and she knows I'm impotent as far as consequences. Other than keeping her in indefinitely (punishing myself), I really have none. I'm certainly not about to start beating her into submission.
I'm weary of being her target for insults and whatever she wants to physically hurl at me (yesterday it was a shredded tortilla, it's been a turtle, a book, anything within reach and within her momentarily limited reason). I
really dislike hate her behavior, and feel that whatever consequences do crop up aren't enough 'cause the behaviors only seem to have patterned out. There's little to no respect of my simple requests, and she'll effectively ignore me unless there's something in it for her.
So, is there something amiss with her functionality? we wouldn't know as we've never had her assessed by trained professionals. This is a big concern if she's in a federally funded school, I don't want her intensity and big energy mistaken for some affliction-of-the-moment. And I certainly don't want these attributes "educated" out of her.
I know I've got rose colored lenses on what we could do with homeschooling, how rainbow mermaids, starry unicorns, and magical butterflies simply flock to our lovely soft-glowing house where gnomes and fairies reside and we leap and dance through a garden of mystical wildflowers....ppffffttt.
I peruse the possibilities, the questions and answers on the Enki support page. All the available information and I'm overwhelmed, feeling that I can't give her enough to fully support her development at this stage. My energies are too divided. I feel like if I'm struggling then I must be doing it wrong, it shouldn't be so emotionally draining. It feels to me that with her behaviors she's asking for more. More of what though?
It is possible that my discomfort is due to some inward shift, or combination of shifts hormonal (hair falling out) and otherwise. I'm again at a loss as to how to sort my self out lacking time and solitude required.
Some kids go in and out of school, home schooling off and on as their needs change. It's not really fair to her siblings as she dominates time and energy, keeping us all guessing at what her next freak-out will be. It's exhausting and we, I, need to widen the circle, get more support.
We're meeting with our L&L guru and Reverend this week. The only school I'd consider sending her into has an opening in 2nd grade classroom, and it's the only opening they have (local Waldorf charter).
I refuse to spend time in "what if" zone, it's a waste of precious resources, not to mention useless and pointless.
In tears, I pray to listen, pray to hear, and pray for guidance.