Tuesday, 16 July 2013

First Year Over.....

As I watched The Whirlwind saunter off to school this morning it struck me that he has done a whole year in Secondary school. It seems like yesterday I wrote the post called   Tick Tock and described how worried and emotional I was at the thought of him leaving primary school and venturing off into the big world of bigger kids, bigger bags and a bigger school.

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 bribe encourage him into doing it with some form of enthusiasm and to stop him fiddling with his pen/ruler/rubber/elastic band etc. etc.........Boys are just so different aren't they? When The Teenager was his age she made huge efforts with anything school related even going as far as making a whole virtual 3D model of where we live instead of the required drawing..................The Whirlwind.................Well.......................He did a quick pencil drawing and stuck a few labels on it then wondered why he didn't get a very good grade.

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
Me
xxxxx

18 comments:

  1. Aw this is a lovely post Sam. You should be very proud of your boy. Interesting that you think that Secondary School has been the making of him, I so hope it is for The Tween, who goes in September. She's a worrier and doesn't like change much but I've every confidence that she'll be fine x

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    1. I bet she will be fine, if she is anything like her mum she will make lots of friends and everyone will love her. xxx

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  2. Great post. You should be very proud. Scary how fast time flies isn't it!! x

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    1. Thankyou for reading. I am super proud of him, and yes it is totally scary how quick it goes xx

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  3. This is a really sweet post, secondary school is such a big, scary step but it sounds like you're all in it together as a family which is so lovely to hear. You must be so proud =] x

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    1. Thankyou so much, I think we can conquer anything as long as we support each other xxx

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  4. So glad The Whirlwind is doing so well, I know how much you and he struggled with Primary school and always felt so sorry for you in the mornings trying to wrestle him in the front door. He is such a sweet natured boy and just needed that little bit of confidence that was buried deep in there.

    He is a credit to you and Mr DG and it is your love and understanding that has made him into such a special young man.

    xxxx

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    1. Aww what a sweet reply, I wish you had put your name though then I could thank you personally. xxxx

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  5. What a lovely post. So glad secondary school has worked out so well for him. It hasn't worked as we for my boy, but he's doing OK. X

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    1. I am so sorry to hear that, what year is he in??? xx

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  6. What a sweet post! I have 2 teenage boys myself {so I sympathize with the grunts and gruffs, haha}. So pleased secondary school is growing on him and he's made some awesome friends!

    Thanks for linking up with this weeks Mad Mid-Week Blog hop! xx

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    1. Thank you so much, I think I'm learning the language of grunting now so its making life a tiny bit easier. Will link up next week too xxx

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  7. What a lovely post! I really hope i am able to write a similar post in a few years... Right now I am at the place when even the thought of having to start looking for secondary schools frightens the socks off me :)

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    1. I am sure you will be able to write an equally lovely post. xxx

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  8. lovely post. So fast the transition from nappies to school shorts to cabin crew uniform.....

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  9. i bet your kids are bloody gorgeous, just like their mama! :)

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  10. Mine hasn't even started school yet, but I am worried as ever! I liked reading this because it gives me an inkling of what to expect! Here from #MagicMoments

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  11. I already have two of my boys in secondary and another to follow in September, I can believe how the time has flown. This is a lovely post that I can relate to in so many ways.

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