Things have been a little hectic. Problem after problem with the PhD. Students are back, and although I’ve been teaching for 3 years, there’s more pressure this year with my new role. We have been back at the Psychologist to discuss Stanley, and things are progressing as expected. As it gets closer to starting school, it’s likely certain things will become more difficult. He is doing so well at preschool, but I am sure this is mostly because of where he is. We soon have to make a decision on a primary school, and whilst we would love him to stay where he is, financially this is a little more pressure – particularly when my contract is for 1 year, and I am still trying to finish this PhD! So, I thought we better look at our local primary schools, just in case. We have only looked at one, and I was disappointed. They were oversubscribed. The reception class seemed utter chaos. Children throughout looked bored and uninterested. Then there were weekly attendance certificates. The head “hand on heart” told us that in the 23 years she had been there (and she was certain even in the years before), that there had never been any bullying. Really? I don’t know if this is a one off, or a reflection of primary schools more generally, but a lot didn’t sit comfortably with me. We are going to look at a couple more schools to compare, but to be honest, I am not holding much hope. It really cemented my view on what I want for Stanley and Nora. Our choices are the current school, or home school. These were never options that I thought we would be considering, but our priorities have changed. I never imagined feeling so strongly about a school, but since having Stanley, my whole world and outlook has changed. Particularly, as it becomes more apparent that some aspects of schooling may perhaps be a little more difficult for him. I want him to be surrounded by people that understand him, people that treat him as an individual. I don’t want him to get lost. So, we have been in the midst of making some big decisions recently, and perhaps some big changes. Because after all, what is more important in life than ensuring these two little people receive the best they possibly can?