Today is the start of a new term and like many parents I has a bit of a mad panic last night. I realised that I needed to take up my son’s school trousers by an inch. I also had forgotten to put name tapes in his clothes. I spent a bit of time sewing last night and then had to make sure everything was ready for the day ahead. Luckily I got everything done in time but I really must get more organised in future. It is not like it was a surprise that he was starting school.
I got up this morning and went into his room to wake him up, to be greeted with my son standing there fully dressed telling me “Get out Mum, I am in High School now”. It was then it hit me, my son is no longer a baby, he is heading for that time of being a teenager and rebellion. It seems like only yesterday it was his first day at Primary School and I walked him to the door and dropped him off. He was so small then and his clothes looked far too big for him. Now he is in High School I look back and wonder where the time has gone. It seems to have passed far too quickly. To be honest I felt a little redundant.
Looking back at his time at Primary School I am proud of what he has achieved. Primary School was a struggle for him, which was explained quite late on with a diagnosis of ADHD and Autism. Armed with a statement we made the difficult decision to move him to another school. We had been offered extra help for him in the school he was attending at that time, but felt a different school would meet his needs better. I am so glad now we made that decision. He used to walk around looking like a gorilla, head down, to protect himself and not talk to people. Since he moved to the new school he has really come out of his shell and is a much happier more confident boy.
We now have been asked to choose which High School to send him to and have made our choice. I hope that we have made the right choice and that he continues to grow in confidence at this new school and makes new friends. High School is difficult as they have different challenges to tackle and the path leads up to important exams. I hope the road forward is easier for him and that he settles in well in this new school. It is sad to realise that your child is growing up, but it is exciting to see them progress. I just hope we can guide him though the years ahead and that his future is bright. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.
Is your child back at school this week? Are they just starting primary or are they also beginning high school. Do let me know, I would love to hear your stories.
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