3 Men and a Little Crazy

Remember, as far as anyone knows, we are a nice, normal family.

Crazy Past Few Weeks Here in the Smith Household

The title of this entry says it all.

Back-to-school has been quite the adjustment around here. The boys both got sick with a cold the second week of school – Brennan first and Caden second. Brennan’s cough just wouldn’t go away, so I took him to the pediatrician two weeks ago. She gave him antibiotics and an inhaler, which didn’t clear it up. I ended up having to take him back to the doctor this past week, who ultimately diagnosed him with Walking Pneumonia and gave him stronger antibiotics and a steroid. He isn’t having any issues other than the cough. Hopefully this newest course of treatment will end it.
Brennan is also failing two classes right now. It seems to be a direct result of not turning in his assignments and not being prepared. He doesn’t seem to be taking school seriously at all, and is instead concerned with things that don’t matter – like his social status, who he’s taking to Homecoming, and what he is and isn’t wearing. Last week, an Assistant Principal from his school contacted me and informed me that Brennan had gotten into a fight after school with a friend of his. She would have to send the paperwork to another AP and did not know what his punishment would be. When he got home, he explained the situation to me and Kelsey. Apparently he had approached the other kid involved after he learned that he was talking crap about him. Another friend of his told him to walk away from the growing situation, so he did. The other kid decided upon a cheap shot, walking up behind Brennan to punch him in the back of the head. At this point, a crowd gathered and began instigating them to fight. Brennan took action and began to fight back. The physical trainer found them and pulled them off of one another. My mother, who works for a school district around here told me that she thought he would probably end up receiving a couple of days of in-house suspension, so that is what I expected. The fight occurred last Friday, and this past Monday, his AP called to inform me that instead, he would receive 20 days of suspension to an alternative school as well as banishment from extracurricular activities until 1/20/2015. After 10 days, his case will be reviewed, and if the criteria is met, he can return to his high school. He was already grounded from his phone and XBOX due to the fact that he was failing two classes, so we just extended his grounding and told him that he would start doing chores around the house. When Kelsey spoke with him about his punishment at school and home, he began crying. He is very upset about the punishment he’s received, and doesn’t feel like it’s fair. Honestly, I feel like the punishment handed down by the school is a bit harsh, but I understand that they are attempting to teach them a lesson so that they won’t do it again. Brennan appears to be taking it very seriously and is actually doing well in the program. He promises to do better this next semester, but he won’t receive his things back until we actually see a six-weeks grade report. Of course, he can’t go to Homecoming because it is an extracurricular activity, so he asked me if he could take the girl he was going to take to the mall on Sunday. I told him no, that he’s grounded, and that he should be taking his home punishment more seriously. Oh, by the way – he is once again friends with the boy that he got into the fight with.
Caden is thriving in second grade. I went to his parent/teacher conference earlier this month, and his teacher had nothing but great things to say about him. He is at the top of his class. I actually went as far as to ask his teacher if she thought I should put him into third grade, considering that is the grade he should currently be in but is not due to the fact that he started kindergarten a year late. She told me that he might end up struggling if I did that, and that she’d rather him be at the top of his class in second grade than struggle in the third. I agreed. I would love to see him get into the Gifted and Talented program at school. Recently, his class took the CoGat test, which is an IQ test, and they are participating in activities with the G&T teacher. I am staying in communication with his teacher regarding what comes out of all of it. He recently decided that he wanted to be part of the school’s Winter Play by being in the choir.
So as you can see, it’s been pretty busy around here – big reasons why I haven’t updated my blog recently. I’m sure things will improve with Brennan. In fact, I think that he will end up learning from this experience. I will keep everyone posted on the goings on. Until then!

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