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These are the things that drive me crazy!

This morning before my 9 year old headed out to school I assured him that we had signed all his work, and he happily grabbed his book bag and headed out the door.

We have to sign his agenda (funny ask me why, because I have no idea), and his reading log ensuring he actually read the pages he logged into his reading log for the night. (He must read 20 pages every night.)

The little man congress through the door this afternoon very agitated. Apparently, mom and dad must have missed something that needed signing and because WE missed something, he was punished today with no recess!!

This is something I have deemed unacceptable over and over again because that recess time is the only time they have in school to release.  (This crazy school has a 20 minute, silent, yes, silent lunch period…so no talking just eating and reading, which I wrote about in a previous post)

With no release time they really would deserve a meltdown and a kick in the shin!!! Well as a child that would have been my reaction, but the little man held it together long enough to walk into the front door.

I was very annoyed and wanted to see what we had missed signing, maybe there was some test, it form, in his folder that we missed? Well, he opened his book bag to realize he left his homework folder in school!! That’s when he completely began to fall apart.

The tears welled up, because nite he knew he would lose recess tomorrow too because he forgot his folder and would be missing a homework assignment! The book bag got thrown across the room, the laundry basket was getting ready to be tossed when hubby started to yell at him…then came the tears.

Hubby drove back to the school to attempt to retrieve the left behind folder. 

When he arrived home, we found a lone test paper that was buried in his filter behind other papers that apparently we missed. The truth is though, both hubby and I saw the test, but didn’t notice it needed to be signed because they send a folder home in Friday’s with the week’s test scores, which we signed already so why would I have thought the test needed to be signed separately!!!

I’m so angry that I have to continue to address the same issued over abd over again! Very frustrating!!!

Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert, contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, on the autism spectrum.