First Year of Secondary School is Over

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Tomorrow, Mikey finishes his first year of Secondary School. I can't believe how quickly the time has gone!

I remember this time last year, where I was worried about so much as he left Primary School. His allergies, asthma, socialising, coping with the workload and everything in between. Little did I know at the time, Mikey would not only cope, but flourish.

In his first year, Mikey has already become more confident and more mature. Instead of me going into school to talk to the teacher about issues and answering questions, Mikey is now in charge of that. A lot of the time, he's happy I don't speak to the teachers. I'm too embarrassing! (If you've ever watched The Goldbergs, think Beverly!)
I still send the odd email, but I feel like I can actually take a step back, which I've never done before.

Mikey's teachers and school has been been amazing. Although his primary school did prepare him in his final year for what was to come, his independence has come on in leaps and bounds this year.

I am writing this while Mikey is on a school trip to London to see a West End show. He is one of 14 lucky children who have excelled in lessons and show commitment to Performing Arts. This is the boy who used to put up a fight when it came to doing homework and his ten minutes of reading at primary school!

Now before, I would be panicking about his allergies and all the other minute details of the trip. I would go in and speak to the teachers almost on a daily basis up until the trip, but I am okay about it. I not only trust the school, but I trust Mikey. He is in complete control of his medication and allergies.
Although I'll have my phone near me, I won't keep checking it like I used to. I know that he'll have a great time and that he's in good hands.

I think that this year has been a change for both of us. Not only is Mikey becoming a really lovely, confident young man (not that I'm biased in any way!), but I am learning, albeit still very slowly, to step back and it'll be okay.

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  1. Aww! Bless you and well done your boy!
    My girl has just finished year 8 and I have learned to take a step back....She deals with everything herself now and I think over the last year I've spoken to her teachers 3 times and one of those times was at parent's evening. lol
    Have a wonderful summer x

  2. Hope he had a good school trip! We've got all this to look forward to! I'm still in nursery so have a long way to go yet!! #sharingthebloglove

  3. That's so lovely to read! I hope he enjoyed the show - that was my absolute favourite school trip when I was a child! It sounds like it's been a real year of learning for you both - I'm always amazed at how much I learn about myself since becoming a parent! Hope you have a wonderful summer holiday of fun! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  4. What a lovely post to read. It's great that he taking more control over his life and you are allowing him, that means he can only flourish. It's difficult taking a step back, but the rewards are so great. I hope he enjoyed his trip and what a lovely young man you are raising. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove Laura x

  5. Love this boy so much. He is a beautiful soul who is being nourished by his Mum, Dad and sister. Xxxx

  6. Well done, Mikey! My daughter has just finished her first year in Reception, but I had many of the same worries. Sometimes our children just 'step up' and surprise us. I really hope he enjoyed his trip (I am jealous - it's one of the things I'd LOVE to do!) #SharingTheBlogLove

  7. It's really nice to hear that your son's school have given you enough confidence to be able to step back, and also encouraged Mikey's independence and personal development. It's not easy to let go, so well done you! #SharingtheBlogLove

  8. I'm new to your blog via #sharingthebloglove but what a lovely introduction. Obviously all mothers worry about big changes for our children but it sounds like you have a few extra factors to deal with and it's great to hear that this year has been so positive for you and Mikey. Fantastic work earning a place on the school trip!! Nice for Mum to be a little less anxious too :) I am sure you are very proud of him :) x