Monday, 1 August 2016

A New Chapter For Me

The last 13 years I have had 1 title, MUM, my time has been filled with caring for the children. Mr L was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3 and from that moment I put all of me into fulfilling his needs. He was a difficult toddler, troublesome preschooler and then once he hit the education system it just snowballed. Doing anything for myself was difficult when I wasn't fighting for what he needed I was catching up on sleep that I didn't get when he was awake all night! Mr D was born when Mr L was 3 and Miss S arrived just 14 months later, followed by Mr C 3 years after then. During that time we have had 2 other autism diagnoses and 1 suspected autism case. The diagnoses meant more fighting with the system to get what my children need, balancing 1 child's needs against another child's needs and basically being on the treadmill that is being a Mum.........

You then wake up 1 day and realise that although being a Mum is the best thing in the world I want to do something for me! All of the past 10 years has been about them, it had to be about them, it's what they needed, being a parent is all consuming, but being a special needs parent is so much harder. You just don't have time to do anything for yourself. I have been saying for years that I would like to train as a teaching assistant. My children have had some amazing teaching assistants, without them they wouldn't have got through the education system. This was the main motivator for me wanting to train, I know I can be a good TA, I want to give something back and maybe help a child as much as they have helped mine.
So I finally did it, last week I officially enrolled as a student and starting September I will be going to college twice a week and doing 2 days a week placement at the school. By July next year I will be qualified level 2 teaching assistant and hopefully if I pass the exam a level 2 maths as well. I did maths as a GCSE but fell a little short with a D grade, most employers look for a C or above, so that why I am doing my maths again. I'm excited and a little apprehensive about going back to college, the placement doesn't faze me at all, I have already been volunteering for the past year at school, so I know the staff and the layout. I have bought my own copies of the textbooks and ordered a haul of stationary (any excuse to buy new stationary)! It's time to start a new chapter for me!
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
xx

5 comments:

  1. Well done to you for enrolling
    I'm sure you will make a fabulous teaching assistant
    Probably find maths much easier now once you get into the swing of learning again

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  2. Well done on enrolling and best of luck in your new career.

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  3. Good luck in your new chapter - I'm sure you will excel in your new role!

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  4. Wow well done you for making that move! Hope you enjoy it and it brings you lots of happiness and rewarding times x

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