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Day 19 and I’m learning all the time

A personal view
A personal view

When we last spoke dear readers, my son had just taken his first tentative steps into primary school.

Without wanting to turn this column into a diary of a primary school child, we are now in week three and I am delighted to report that he is blossoming – I think.

After getting over the daily not wanting to get dressed or brush teeth – him you understand rather than me – there is certainly a sense of pride and belonging when he, finally, pulls on that school jumper.

And we have little problem getting him to school. This has been superbly aided by a friend, a year older, who unwittingly acts as a social security blanket.

From the moment they spot each other at the school gate, they are running off with a high five from Daddy hanging in the air.

We then pick him up, the boy cheekily grinning when he spots us, before he goes home to play with cars or cards (his love of football stickers remains bordering on the obsessive).

All good you might think. And in one sense you would be right.

The problem lies when we dare to utter five simple words: “What did you do today?”.

Occasionally, he might mutter that he had cucumber at lunch or did a slide tackle on someone, hopefully on the field at lunch rather than in the classroom.

But unless he is part of some new-age teaching which solely revolves around dirty knees and rather tasty cucumber sticks, I think we are missing something.

Having enjoyed a meet-and-greet with the teacher this week, I know he is doing fine. What I didn’t know was what he was actually doing in the classroom.

That will happen, of course, with the first important obstacle – getting him to enjoy school – successfully overcome.

I couldn’t help comparing, with a sigh, when other parents shared that their son or daughter couldn’t stop talking about what they did at school.

I know comparing is a big no-no when it comes to child progression. But surely that’s a natural part of being a parent, especially in the first few weeks of a new school.

Ironically, while he is keeping quiet about classroom activities, my little man is not so little any more. Growing in both height and confidence, it is already clear what an impact school is having on his personality.

Every small step we all take has big significance, whether it is him bringing back homework for the first time or seeing him run off in the morning without needing to look back to see if we are still there.

Day 19 of the diary of a primary school child – and I couldn’t be happier with how he is getting on.


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