This weeks theme for Illustration Friday is ‘Bottled’.
We’ve all been in that place where we bottle up the feelings and feel like we could just about explode, this little guy is on the verge! The damage that bullying can do to both parties can be so far reaching, I just so wish it was handled better in schools.
Actually this illustration is kinda close to home at the moment. I mentioned before the problems we were having at school with my youngest and how we have been home schooling for the past month to try and undo some of the damage that has been done.
This picture is pretty much how my boy has been reacting to frustration and embarrassment and we have been trying to work very hard helping him to deal with his emotions. We have seen some excellent progress over the past couple of weeks and I can’t praise my husband enough in his very wise parenting.
Fortunately we have found a new school that I think can help us and they have a very clear, firm policy on handling bullying and have made a commitment to get his education back on track. It has come as a big shock to us that he tests as almost three years behind. I’m trying very hard not to let feelings of guilt and anger take over and just focus on getting this sorted but it is so hard when you see the pain your child is in. Trying to restore his confidence and self-worth is our primary goal but it’s not going to happen overnight, just taking one step at a time.