Dating someone with a disabled child
You will have heard all about Mr This and Miss That from your offspring; you will have witnessed comic impressions of their foibles and mannerisms.
But now it’s time to wipe the smile off your face and listen to your child’s teachers giving the unvarnished truth about their punctuality, approach to learning, quality of homework and – deep breath – ability.
They have become a major part of our children's social environment.
The world of computers, cell phones, gaming systems and the Internet are constantly expanding and changing, and it is not uncommon today that children are more knowledgeable than adults.
Helen Ubiñas is an award-winning columnist at the Daily News. A couple of years ago, Steven Smith, 29, a quadriplegic who is on a ventilator, shared horror stories about waiting for his ride home for so long that doctors' and nurses' shifts ended while he waited outside.Having expressed sincere thanks for this all-too-personal appraisal, you emerge from the background noise for a cup of industrial-strength school tea: the last test of your stamina before escaping home.I believe parents’ evenings can and should be enjoyable as well as informative, regardless of whether the child is a superstar or the cause of repeated eye rolling.Now that the academic year is up and running, I am turning my attention to this term’s parents’ evenings.As a mother with two children in secondary education myself, I have a sense of the vulnerability parents can feel when crossing the school’s threshold to hear how their child is getting on.
This is the parents’ evening, which is why you are being told now.