time to get back to business

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If youngest son continues to behave himself, he will begin furloughs home in two weeks. I think for the first couple of visits I am going to keep him out of his room. It isn’t currently childproofed. It has been used as a guest room for the grandkids. Even though they are four and under,they do not need the level of childproofing we will need for youngest. We have a lock for his window. It will be set so he can open his window enough to slide out sideways in case of emergency. We are hoping it will make it very uncomfortable for him to jump. I also need to do something about the carpet. I want to just pull it up. There isn’t much sense in putting good flooring in there until we know he is going to remain “dry” for at least six months to a year. I am thinking about just getting porch paint and painting his sub floor. The plywood is going to need to be sealed over anyway. I am sure the urine has soaked into the wood by the odor in the room if it is closed off.
Do we put his blinds back up and allow him a closet door? Do we let him have his bed frame?
Do we start over with his possessions in his room, or do we go ahead and strip it giving him his things once he has handled being home for a few months? Perhaps some combination of the two?
It is time to get all my attachment books back out and reread (and reread again). I have been trying to pretend we are a “normal” family for the past couple of months. It is time to get back to reality.
We are going to have a slow transition home which I am hoping will help. I am trying to be optimistic. Perhaps this time we can get off on better footing. I am still going to lock the knives. I am hopeful,not stupid.
I have some other household chores I have been thinking about doing. I have been thinking, but not doing. I need to start actually doing.
Finally, I need to sort out next years school for the teens. I know what I am doing with my seventh grader. Youngest is taken care of via the county . It is my high schoolers I need to get moving on. I know what I want to do. I just don’t know if we have the money for it. I need to figure out a back up plan. It is too bad what worked for the grown kids won’t work for them. It won’t though. It can’t even be adapted.
It is time for my vacation to be over. It is time for me to start earning my keep again
It is time to get back to business.

About lenell

Wife to a very patient man and mom to 8 interesting kids via birth,marriage and adoption. Grandma to nearly 5,nearly perfect grandchildren.
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