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I have spent the last three hours trying to clean out and purge all the things we no longer need or are using. I think my now 14yr old no longer needs an art cupboard. OMG, I keep repeating in my head to toss it like we are moving next week. I made an attemp at the bookshelf but only managed to get rid of one book, Country Decorating from 1985! I have been hanging onto it because I remember the day my now husband and I stumbled on this massive book sale and thought we had struck gold. We were there for hours, one of those perfect days, an armload of books and a great coffee shop to sit in and look through them….I am trying not to go fish it out of the thrift store pile. I feel like a hoarder.
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So without any notice I got a knock on the door two days ago and a social worker was there with a little guy who is in gr 3. He is with me for a few months at the least and years at the most. I am suddenly thrown back into younger kid mode. We ran out yesterday and bought him a few things, clothes, toys and posters for his room. It was set up for an alternative teenage girl so needless to say needed a revamp. He came back from school and was thrilled with the toys and new posters. I don’t think he has had any toys of his own and time to play with them.
My biggest concern is food. He has only ever had junk food and had never even eaten a blueberry. We don’t generally keep that stuff around unless it is for a treat day or something special. I broke down and got some junk cereal and he ended up liking the homeade muffins and cookies. (I bake with almost no sugar and all gluten free) Any picky eater suggestions would be helpful….
I have also already been to his school and had a meeting. It breaks my heart that they said he doesn’t do well and is really struggling. His reading level is about at gr.10 as far as i can tell. I think when you come from a home with alot of conflict, your strengths get overlooked because those kids get labeled early on. He is very sweet and so smart, I think it will just take me some time to get back into a routine of dealing with a younger child.
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