Mum to Mum
Emma needs help encouraging her boy with his school work
Time for school
Clearing away the breakfast bowls, I looked up to see my son standing there. ‘Very smart,’ I nodded encouragingly to Aaron, nine.
Dressed in his grey school uniform and with his glossy brown locks groomed, Aaron looked all grown-up.
It was August this year, and Aaron’s first day in year six.
My eldest, I couldn’t help but feel a bit emotional.
I also had Jaime, seven, Alexa, six, Tyler, four, and Charley, three.
Being a mum-of-five is hard going for anyone, but we’ve had it tougher than most.
My hubby, Simon Nutting, passed away from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in June 2016, and we’re still picking up the pieces.
‘Dad would be proud,’ I told Aaron, clutching him tightly. ‘Thanks, Mum,’ he choked. Last year, instead of bouncing off to school like he’d used to, he’d whine constantly about going in, saying he wanted to just stay in his room and play on his Xbox.
It was so unlike him but, given what he’d been through, I cut him some slack.
It was only when his teacher called me in for a chat that I realised I needed to take action.
‘He’s completely switched off in class,’ she told me.
‘He has so much potential, we just want to make sure he’s getting all the help he needs.’
Even as a little boy, it was clear that Aaron was clever.
By the time he’d turned two, he could say over 60 words.
Then at school, he was placed in all the top sets of his class.
So I gave Aaron a good talking to, and warned him that he needed to pull his socks up.
I can tell he’s more focused now, but there are still a few things I need help with.
Firstly, there’s never any peace and quiet in our house, so when Aaron tries to hit the books, he’s easily distracted.
He shares a room with his three brothers, so he doesn’t have anywhere to just put his head down and crack on.
Secondly, he doesn’t get anywhere near enough sleep.
He’s got into a bad habit of staying up late, reading or watching TV.
The last thing I want is for him to be tired and grumpy throughout this important school year.
I’m sure if I can just combat these issues, Aaron’s school work will be back to where it used to be. Please help!
Emma Nutting, 31, Willenhall, West Midlands
‘HE’S EASILY DISTRACTED’
Aaron has so much potential