The return to school was source of trepidation for me. L had a difficult first year moving from primary to senior school with all the new challenges and routines that brought with it and I had anticipated a similar beginning to year eight with everything changing for him yet again - new people, new teachers, new classrooms - a whole new timetable.
Considering how much he had to deal with in year seven, he coped amazingly well and though there were many (many, many) bumps along the way - we got there in the end.
I am delighted to say that three weeks in, he is enjoying school and has settled back in well. We have the usual morning struggles that most people have with their teen/tween including this week's charming "Are you watching me sleep, you creeper?" when I was trying to wake the boys up gently by stroking their hair and whispering to them that it was time to get up - next time I'll know not to bother and will just go in there with an air horn and have done with it - but on the whole it has been very positive.
L has even brought home his first 10 point card for his house after a particularly good day at school, I am so proud of all of the effort he has put in to learning his new routine and the decisions he has made for himself when he has found himself overwhelmed.
Long may it continue.
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