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My naughty boy {The Ordinary Moments}

Naughty boy

This time last year we made the decision. It was simple on the surface. The boys are at a two-form entry school. After a year in reception we worked with the school to separate my boys. 

The decision wasn’t one we or the school made easily. But the benefits of understanding them better as individuals was far too great overlook.

The secondary decision was more difficult. Which child would be placed into a new class?

We had a sense of which child should move into the new class. But we agreed, this was a decision best left to the boys.

And so, last September, B made the move.My naughty boyAnd whilst the initial months of the school year came under close scrutiny, it wasn’t long before all three of our children were subject to the same treatment after school. Questions on ‘how was your day?’ were simply openings to conversations. My naughty boyAnd yet, I sat at a children’s party today, of one of B’s classmates, I realised how much I’d taken for granted.

B has demonstrated every bit of resilience. More than most 6 year-olds should. 

Him moving to a classroom, of peers with established relationships, away from his sibling and his peers, has demonstrated what an amazing child he is. My naughty boyAnd he knows, as well as me, he’s not perfect. He remains a boisterous boy. His relationship with his twin means he completely overlooks personal space. And yes, he can be naughty. My naughty boyHe’s also a bit further behind at school in learning that I would like. His sister breezing through the years didn’t prepare me for how others may struggle.

But even though he’s not where he could be, he has gusto. He throws himself into his reading and own learning, and it’s a lovely time to be with him. 

Of course, he’s no angel, capturing him at the time he has the gusto, and ahead of when he’s best distracted is a tried and tested experiment with no pattern. My naughty boyBut on those days, when he’s tired. On those days, when he’s naughty. On those days, when he’s frustrated. I will carry on treating him in the same way as I do his siblings.

And just for me, in the back of my mind, I will hold onto my knowledge, of what a remarkable child he is. 

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    Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too
    May 7, 2017 at 22:06

    He has done amazingly to step up and move classes. To forge new friendships and leave the side of her side brother that he has sourced comfort in over the years.

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    Ali - We Made This Life
    May 8, 2017 at 21:26

    I remember you talking about splitting the boys classes but I didn’t really think what it would mean for the one who went into the new class. What a brave and amazing boy, he sounds much like my little boy!

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    Donna
    May 9, 2017 at 08:24

    It sounds like he made that transition really well – and as you say, showed pure resilience, and just got on with it. No child is perfect but he sounds like he works hard, tries hard and does his best – whilst having fun and enjoying his childhood. What more could you want?! x

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