It has been so wonderful to watch him mature into such a gorgeous young man and although It hasn't all been a bed of roses at times we have dealt with things together and resolved them without much pain.
Homework has been the biggest shock to the system and to say he is a reluctant homeworker is an understatement, he will do the bare minimal required and not a pen stroke more than is necessary. I will admit to sitting with him trying to
The uniform has been another shock to the system for him, he was used to wearing shorts and a polo shirt and suddenly had to go into shirt, tie, blazer and long trousers. I must admit I laughed as I watched him walk off on his first day, he looked like he was wearing Mr DG's suit by mistake, sleeves to long, trousers too baggy and a bag bigger than he was. These days he's kind of grown into it and looks more like he works for a building society or BA cabin crew.
He has made some brilliant friends too and although I was worried sick about friendships he has proved that it really doesn't matter who you are and aren't in a class with because they all just make new friends after a few weeks.
Of course we still struggle with The Teenage grunting and mood swings but we seem to have a handle on them at the moment (fingers crossed, touching wood, saluting a lone Magpie). I have come to learn that he is just like every other boy teetering on the edge of Teenager Hood and that he is starting to understand that its not fun for anyone when he's in a mood let alone him.
I will look back at this past year as a 100% success and am relived that he has done his first year, he struggled so much in Primary school and I honestly believe that starting Secondary school has been the absolute making of him in many ways. I know that things are going to get harder for him as he goes up in the ranks but I am confident that we can achieve anything as long as we work together as a family.
I feel truly blessed to have 2 such gorgeous, respectful and kind hearted kids and thank my lucky stars everyday that I have them (Oh God...I'm getting teary now....Bloody PMT) I hope that they both continue to grown up into the decent and mindful adults that I know they can be.
Good Luck to anyone with kids embarking on this great adventure............................................Just remember to get them regular back massages due to enormous bags they will be lumping round all day..................
Lots of Love