Friday, October 19, 2012
And on Wednesday his achilles heel was discovered by another boy in the school.
Mayhem ensued. And confusion. There was hitting and there was shouting and not just by my son. But that's boys, right?
I think it was the disrespect to the teaching staff that was the last straw.
He was sent to the principal and came home in a very angry mood, not for the first time this term. And I tried to calm him down. Again. But he's mostly happy in school. He has told me so. Yet many evenings are spent calming him down enough so that next morning he agrees to get on the bus and go back in.
On Wednesday he did calm down fairly quickly, but it took its toll on me, and on his big sister. We had planned to leave the younger two with their (adult) babysitter and go to see a film - a rare Mum and daughter outing - but I didn't think it would be fair on anyone to go out with my son in such a volatile mood.
So we stayed at home.
Now I see that we could have gone, but, at the time, all the tension that I'd been bottling up and smiling through came tumbling out uncontrollably and noisily. It was not pretty.
The next day there was more confusion as my son had told me that the school wanted me to go in for a meeting. Apparently that was a misunderstanding. They told him that he could not go on the school outing on Friday. This was to be his punishment. So his response was school refusal. I got around that by taking him in myself and asking for a meeting with the principal. This was useful and another meeting is planned next week to look at better ways to help him to calm himself when he goes into meltdown, and some other issues.
So my son ended up spent the morning helping the staff in the school and he enjoyed it...
That wasn't a punishment, he says, that was great!
AND the principal told him to be nicer to his mother, and that has to be good. Maybe this week's crisis was necessary. Maybe that lad finding my son's achilles heel was for the best. I hope so.
Note: I still think that I should stop blogging about my son as he careers towards secondary school, but I haven't quite managed it yet, and he was happy for this to be published x