The ups and downs of living with a teen

The end of Year 7

Looking at my Facebook memories and Timehop this morning,   21st July 2015 was my Daughters last day in her primary school, the day she said goodbye to year 6, the day she said goodbye to school as she knew it, with the class of friends she had been with since she was 4 years old.

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First Day in Reception

I remember looking at her thinking, how has this day arrived so soon, how is it possible that you are saying goodbye to your school, your friends and your teachers.  It only seemed a year or so that she was starting her big adventure of starting school.

Last day in Year 6
Last day in Year 6

Today, is also the day that my Daughter officially finishes year 7, her first year in Secondary school, she will no longer be in the youngest year.

This time last year we were sad and happy.  Sad that we were saying goodbye to everyone, sad that we would not be seeing some of her friends again.  But also excited on the next stage of our journey, starting a new school, meeting new friends, new uniform and more freedom (the bit I dreaded). I cheered at no more school runs, as she would be going to school and back by bus, watching her grow and enjoy her freedom a bit more (I tack her by my phone so always knew where she was).

Up until christmas 2015, she settled well into year 7 and enjoyed her new school (apart from the homework), she loved going out with her friends, or would ring me after school can she bring someone home for tea, or go to a friend’s house.

Unfortunately, this all changed, as you all know, when she became ill over the christmas holidays, she struggled to go to school, has not managed a full day this year, and has hardly been into school, but her friends have stood by her, they chat to her online, they have popped over a few times, and ring her up.

When school returns in September, we have already got a plan set up, after a meeting last week, and she will be having 3 x 1 hour sessions a week hopefully in school, so she can start to feel a bit less isolated, and hopefully we can increase on this.

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Most recent picture of her

I am hoping that this time next year, I will be writing a totally different story and one of a normal 13 year old.

But, with everything that has happened this year,  I am still so very proud of my little girl, she still has her sense of humour and makes us proud everyday with  the fight she has daily.

 

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    1. Thank you, I am really hoping things start to get easier for her and she starts to be able to enjoy life a little bit more x

    1. I am hoping we will slowly increase her hours so she is in a lot more and around her friends, and just having a normal life x

  1. Ahh I feel so sad for her. I hope she finds this year easier and manages to spend a little more time in school. Must be so frustrating. So glad it sounds like she has some lovely friends though x

    1. It is heartbreaking at times, but hopefully with the new school year (hopefully planned) things will be a lot easier, her friends are great she is very lucky x

  2. Life has a habit of throwing some curve balls at you but it looks like you’re both coping well. I hope your daughter is able to get back into school for a few hours a week as I’m sure it’ll do wonders for her. You’re both very strong and will get through this xxxx

    1. Thank you, I was hoping on home tutoring, but when they said about maybe one of the lessons being done in a quiet room in school, I think that maybe doing all of them in school might be the best thing, as she will be starting to get into a routine but without the pressure of getting around and being in a noisy classroom and trying to keep up, where she can do this one on one in her time x

  3. Aw bless her, I am glad you have a plan for September and how great of her friends to not give up and still be around, that is so lovely to read x

    1. I do feel a lot happier now that we are getting things in place for September and her friends have been great x

    1. I remember when my Daughter started nursery, broke my heart and I worried the whole time she was there, my daughter on the other hand had a great time and could not wait to go back. They do grow way too fast x

  4. You’re so right to be proud of her and you should also be proud of yourself for being such a wonderful parent! I hope that she is able to go back to school a bit more as it will be great for her to be back around her friends and have a bit of normality again. Hope you guys have a wonderful summer xx

    1. Thank you, I am hoping that a bit of normality will help her, although think it might be tough on her to start with but hopefully she will be able to cope with it x

  5. What a fighter, both your daughter and you! Hope you all have an amazing summer holidays and good luck when they go back to school in September. I’m sure you’ll be writing that different story soon enough

  6. Oh bless her, she’s a strong willed young lady. Really do hope things improve for her. It’s nice that her friends have stuck by her and I really hope just being in school a little helps, start feeling more included and see how much she can cope with gradually. All finger crossed and positive vibes to your daughter & family xo

    1. She has always been strong willed so it is now proving to be a blessing, am hoping being in school will help with recovery to some extent and not tire her out too much, a little bit and rest in between and hopefully we can build on it. Her friends have been great, her best friend is in Spain at the moment but is messaging daily. Thank you x

  7. Oh bless her, still with a big smile on her face. As someone who has chronic fatigue which has symptoms of ME, I can understand what she is going through. Last year during my third year of uni I got to the point where I could barely walk and was tired ( but never slept) all the time. She will get better and its great that the school has been so supportive. I am glad her friends still keep in contact with her.

    1. I am so sorry you can fully understand what she is going through, she had physio yesterday and while out we were chatting and she said it is like when you are so tired you just want to go to sleep all the time :(. We will get there slowly x

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