In my well meaning way, I have scheduled activities for Jackson for the last 3 days. On Wednesday, he went to play at Noah's house after school and then they went to soccer together. Thursday he had another play date with Sammy and had a great time. Last night, Sammy's dad brought him to cubscouts and said that everything went well. I didn't want Jackson to feel stuck at home with us, because Kate was sick, but we usually go to all of our activities together as a family. Maybe going to these activities without us made him feel like something must be very wrong. I don't know. Still wading through these unknown waters as I come upon them. Any ideas?
Friday, September 7, 2007
A Balancing Act
Today I received a call from Jackson's teacher who said that he was feeling pretty sad and that he wanted to talk to me. She told me that he's been like this for a few days but that he seemed worse today. Jackson got on the phone and spoke with a quivering voice about how he was worried about Kate. I was totally taken aback. He hadn't expressed any of these concerns to Jason or I in the last few rough days but he obviously had been internally conflicted. I told him that Kate was doing ok, explained again why we were keeping her home but that must not have soothed him enough because he asked me to put her on the phone! (That made me smile, actually). Although he seemed better by the time we got off the phone, I now am pondering how I can better help him adjust when Kate gets sick. We have very open and frank discussions in our house and I thought that we put it all out on the table.
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