Today I'm sad. I'm trying to step in someone else's shoes and understand. But, I'm still sad. My daughter lost her "buddy" at school this week. Her teacher had her select a buddy when she came back to school. The buddy walks her to the restroom and to the health room. On average, Alex visits the health room 3 times per day...before lunch, before recess, and before she gets on the bus. She is not allowed to walk alone.
Alex was excited to pick her "BFF" to be her buddy. Things were going swimmingly. She and her BFF even became phone pals and were chatting it up in the evening a few nights. But Alex's buddy came to school a few days ago and told the teacher her parents said she couldn't be Alex's buddy anymore. Her parents said she was missing too much class time. And, she also told Alex she couldn't talk on the phone anymore. Her phone has "issues" and she can't use it.
I don't really get the phone thing. I'm trying to get the buddy thing. Maybe I might have expressed concerns if my daughter was a buddy and leaving the classroom each day a few times a day. Maybe I would have worried about her being in the health room so much and picking up germs. I get that. But I don't get that she was only her buddy for 2 weeks and half that time Alex wasn't in school. So did you really give it a chance mom and dad? Could you have requested the buddy duty be shared between a few kids so it wasn't on your kid every day? I could totally understand that! Could you have seen your daughter being a buddy as a learning experience in itself?
I don't know. Again, a few weeks ago, I might have been them and been concerned about class time, the health room germs and just the responsibility of it. But I'd like to think I would have given it more time than a week. And I don't get the phone thing. Because that makes me question if there is more to the story of not being buddies. I'd like to think not but still...I can't help but wonder.