Little Walter got one word out of 17 right on last weeks spelling test. Not surprised as last week had a visit and that riles him up something fierce. He hadn’t study on the computer and his homework was barely touched. It was a tough week. When he realized he didn’t do well, he showed it to us proudly, he kind of lost his shit. I told him to take it easy there’d be plenty of test to do better on and we kind of knew this one would be rough. That seemed to do the trick.
I know he’s falling behind but with only being in our home for 8 weeks and transitioning to us permanently is SO much I don’t know how to help him improve in school without overwhelming him or hurting his already fragile ego. He’s already so hard on himself and I know the hardest parts of the adoption process lie ahead. I just don’t see consistently good homework and test scores coming out of him for possibly the remainder of this grade. Strangely I’m kind of ok with it. I feel like if we can finish the adoption by the end of summer and he can start school fresh at the beginning of the year that he is more than capable of catching up. He’s a very smart kid and I believe in him. I’m just picking my battles here for the moment. My gut says I’m right but I still have doubts.
I don’t feel like I’m parenting or adopting. I feel like I’m defusing a bomb.