Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wrapping Up

Once again,  a huge thank you to those of you that continue to share your stories with me.  You have no idea how much I appreciate and enjoy them!

I am not too sure about where to go next.  I've tried to show everyone how special these folks are and how enriched my life has been because of them.  There is a down side.  It is NOT their fault rather the fault of some school personnel and others that do not take the time to understand.

I am doubtful you would all want to hear the sad details but I will cover it with a question I have had for years.  I would like to know why someone would pay for an education to teach those with special needs and then disrespect and hurt them both emotionally and physically.  It really does happen, even in my little town.  I just don't understand how anyone can pick on the most vulnerable.  So sad. 

Sending our special kids off to school is very scary for a lot of us.  We have to trust that those in the schools with understand and love them as much as we do.  Some teachers do and I salute them.  Some educational assistants do.  I embrace them.  I thank them all.  You have all changed our lives for the better.

I encourage any parent to be their child's advocate.  While it's not easy, it is worth it.  After all...YOU know YOUR child BETTER than ANYONE!

There is nothing sweeter for a parent than seeing our child/children succeed and be happy.  Together, we can make it happen for every child.

I think it's time to end this little "series" of mine.  With school fast (ugh) approaching, this won't be the last you'll hear from me on this topic but for now I think I've said enough.

I thank you for letting me share.  If you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.  You can always email me privately at: jillymaddy@hotmail.com

Again, thank you for having open minds and letting me share my passion with you all.

19 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

nice job, jill. anytime you want to add more to your saga, feel free, but you've done a fine job giving us a glimpse and a better understanding.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Thank you for sharing about your family, your children and past. It helps answer the unasked questions. I hope this (school) year is the best yet for you all.

Bonnie said...

Jill, it is true there are some teachers who truly should not be in the classroom. I am not for sure Universities prepare students for what they will encounter in the classroom. I have a dear friend who teaches Special Ed. She routinely has twenty or so students each year. I see what she puts into it and the toll it takes. She would love to have a parent such as yourself. Stay involved and hold your children's teachers accountable. No child should ever be emotionally or physically abused.

Michaele said...

There are many teachers who hate their jobs. I have dealt with it for years. I have even moved my kids to a different class, and on two occasions, took them out and home schooled for a period of time.
Thanks for all you have shared. It helps us get to know you better.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I think it's unique (or maybe not?) that you are not only in this career field, but also have special needs children of your own. It's obvious this is your passion in life. What a big heart you have! :)

Sharon said...

This has been a good series of posts! I have those same questions that you do, but thankful for the ones that really care.

Paula said...

Thank you so much for sharing. Have a good school year.

missing moments said...

Thanks Jill for opening up on this issue! Oh, the summer is slipping away ... sigh!

Young Adventures... said...

Thanks again for sharing your wisdom and heart with us Jill! Enjoy these last few weeks of summer. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I can believe it about the teachers. I think there are bad eggs in every profession, but all the more sad when they are supposed to be in "helping" professions. Certainly, I saw some bad eggs in my social work style jobs, and it's really frustrating to know that sometimes people do harm instead of help.

Donna said...

People Knew better than to pick on my sister or nephew! I do not mind in the least who's feelings I hurt when it comes to protecting them from meaness! And I've hurt a few!
You're a Great Mom Jill!
hughugs

Madi and Mom said...

Jill this has been an informative series each word you write is full of love and respect for yours and all special needs people.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Debbie said...

hi jill....this is a powerful read!! special people help and care for people with special needs. i can feel your love, passion and joy here!!

thanks for sharing!!!!

Dianna said...

"how anyone can pick on the most vulnerable". That made me think of convalescent centers and the elderly.
So sad that there are those who treat ANYONE with disrespect!

Leontien said...

Hi Jill,
I really hope you continue writing, maybe not on this topic but other topics??? And thank you soo much for your sweet comments on my post Monday. I got the hugs!!!!

Leontien

forgetmenot said...

Jill, It looks like everyone has gotten a lot out of your posts. It is always a challenge for a teacher to work with special needs children, but the rewards are immense. And yes, it takes parents and teachers working together to help children succeed. More people should have your outlook on life--it would be a better world. Have a wonderful weekend. Mickie :)

Marina said...

It's so nice to find this blog, thank you for sharing all this with us!

Samantha said...

Thank you, Jill, for sharing all this with us...

Tiggeriffic said...

I have been so busy that I have neglected in coming and reading your post.. I enjoyed seeing the Downy Woodpecker in your hand.. How sweet is that.. The Monarch worm in all it's stripped beauty.
and then to read how some teachers are not very good. I used to be a custodian at an elementary school and I so enjoyed the teachers who loved their jobs and their kids that they taught.. But then there was the ones that were just not meant to be teachers of any level. I was glad to see them leave.
Keep up the good work~! Love reading your posts.. Thanks for coming faithfully to my blog and writing something wonderful each time. I appreciate you so much..
Have a blessed day~! ta ta for now from Iowa:)