Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Tough Week to be a Kid

Wow, my students live such different lives than when I was growing up. When I was growing up my mom was a stay at home mom. She was that mom that was at every party, field trip, etc... She was always there for me.

Last Friday, one of my girls came to school and told me that her mom was in jail. I asked what happened. She said that the cops caught her driving without a seat belt.(obviously that's not why).  She is lucky that she gets to live with her grandma while her mom is away.

Friday after school, my principal told me that another one of my girls had been removed from her home by DHS and was living in an emergency shelter. She came to school Monday and said that DHS keeps thinking that her mom is hitting her and her siblings, but she's not. She is now staying with her grandma. Thankfully, she said she gets to go home tomorrow.

Monday I took one of my girls and her sisters home. They live in a big, low income apartment complex. They told me they are afraid to live there. :{ When the little girl came to school the next day, she told me that her mom had woke her and her sisters up in the middle of the night. The mom told them to get dressed. They were leaving because her boyfriend had tried to choke her.

Then yesterday, one of my boys, who I thought had been sick, came in at lunch time and informed me and the class that he is living in a shelter because his mom and dad got into trouble. He kept telling me that he missed his mom. He also told me loved me about 15 times.

I've always had a lot of foster children in my class, and I have had a couple of kids removed from their home. I can say with certainty that I have never had so many disturbing events happen to my class in one year, let alone one week. It has been amazing to me that the children have adapted to their situations so easily. I don't think this is the first time for this type of thing to happen to them. :{
It is very frustrating to watch my poor children going through these situations because of decisions that their parents are making.
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  1. Wow! That's really rough. We have similar problems but not quite that bad. Luckily those kids have you to love them up!

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  2. It just makes me shake my head to think of the things these little people have gone through in their short time here on earth. It's so very sad. What a blessing you and your classroom must be for them.
    ❀ Tammy
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  3. Breaks my heart to read your post Kelly. My prayers go to you for strength and to the kiddos in your classroom for all they are going through. I have had similar situations, and it just kills me to see what these children go through. ((Hugs)) because you are amazing and there for a reason.

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    1. I appreciate all of your kind words. What's sad, is I think I'm more upset by the situation than the kids seem to be. It could be that the classroom is a constant for them.