It’s been a whole term of Knox being the Special Helper in his class. Which is flipping crazy because it feels like we were just celebrating Christmas and now we’ve already celebrated Easter! Where is this year going? Anyway, we made the difficult decision to keep him back a year because of a bunch of reasons. You can read that post to find out what they were.
Even though I knew that we were making the right decision it’s still so easy to keep second guessing ourselves. Instead of needing to do it again should we have forced him through and let him try? Maybe he would have surprised us? What if we’ve made a mistake? What if it ruins everything?
The thing is, with these kinds of decisions we can never be 100% sure. It’s just not possible. But what we can do is know our children and what they can handle. I know without a doubt that throwing Knox into a situation where he felt that he couldn’t do it would have been too much for him to bear. He can’t handle not being able to do something and gives up easily. So he would have just given up. And to have that attitude from Grade R already is basically setting him up to failure.
Now that he is in Grade RR again, he is really is thriving. Here’s a few things that he’s totally nailing now that he was really struggling with last year. (I personally think that because he knows he can keep up with the “workload” at the table, his mind has been freed up to focus on other things).
- HE CAN RIDE A BIKE – We’ve been trying for ages to get him confident on a bike. But he was having none of it. Then this weekend he just got it. And he is the proudest person in the World about it, except Seth of course. It fulfilled a lifelong dream of his, being able to teach his kid how to ride a bike. Here it is on Seth’s Instagram if you want to see him in action.
- HE CAN DO THE MONKEY BARS – There was a short phase last year when he could do it. Around June or July. But then he just stopped and wouldn’t go more than 2 bars without giving up. I’m not sure when it happened but he suddenly realised that he could do it again. Now he goes to the biggest bars and just completely destroys them with his awesome monkey bar powers. Kyla (our resident cartwheeling, monkey bar gymnast) gave him some tips on how to swing and now they spend ages on the playhouse bars together.
- HE HAS FRIENDS – One of the biggest concerns for me is that last year he would just sit in the line to wait for class to start. He didn’t really play. But now he has so many friends and it’s just so great for my mommy heart.
- HE WANTS TO DO NEW THINGS – Knox is the baby of the family so he obvs gets a way with freaking murder. Literally. Everyone just does stuff for him. But not anymore. He wants to learn how to tie his own laces or put on his own shoes. Taking ownership for himself and his things. It’s fantastic.
- HE SPEAKS MUCH MORE CLEARLY – It may still not be completely clear to strangers, but his speech has come a very long way. He’s always known crazy big words for his age, but now we can understand him when he says “ultimatum”. We are probably going to do one more round before we hit the road so that we know what to focus on while we’re away.
- HE IS JUST AWESOME – Look, I may be biased (OK I totally am) but I really think he is just the best little boy in the World. I’m so proud of him for how hard he is working and the progress that he is making. Keep it up my precious boy!