Angst – Sun 18th May 2014

By | May 18, 2014

Much as I’d like to say that today has been “fun in the sun”, it hasn’t.

Stripey – D’s ginormous bunny – has had the best day, a chilled out one, relaxing in the apple.

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T has been absolutely full of angst about school. You’d think that having got the SATs out of the way, he’d be relaxed, especially after his football tournament success yesterday.

Unfortunately not. The incidents of the last week where one child attempted to injure another (neither of them T) have been weighing heavily on his mind. He is unhappy about going to school and seeing the injurer.

We’ve tried to get round this with gentle reasoning and reassurance and a request that he stays out of the injurer’s way. We’ve also accentuated the positives, he’s had a really good couple of years, his grades and the fact he plays for the school team, he can leave primary in July feeling proud of himself. But he’s still anxious.

We have a wipe board weekly planner and we’ve marked it up to the end of term with the idea that he crossed each day off/writes down his feelings at the end of each day. Something visual might help, something that might take the focus away from what he’s stressed about.

It’s difficult and definitely not needed, coming on the back of a long SATs week and the upcoming school appeal meeting.

Hopefully tomorrow will go okay for him.

D has picked up a bit on her brother’s anxiousness and so has not been as “yippee! It’s nearly my birthday!” as she might have been. A good singsong always makes her giggle though.

I hope everyone’s day has gone well, comments/RTs/shares as ever welcomed, thanks for reading Jx

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