Not. Judging by today’s performance, I am owed a hefty refund from whichever charm school I sent older boy too, although to be fair he demonstrates good manners if not charm as such to other adults and children who he doesn’t know that well. Those closer to him see his true colours more, although I wouldn’t go as far as to say that they shine through like a rainbow.
Older boy has recently started walking home from school by himself and last weekend I had a house key cut for him, as I figured that it was only a matter of time before I got locked out. Today I agreed to write a note in his homework diary giving my permission for him to officially walk home by himself from now on, rather than me meeting him in the playground first. All appeared to be good but I made the fatal mistake of hanging out in the playground talking to fellow Mums at the time when he was due out of school. I wouldn’t mind but I wasn’t even looking for him. Out of nowhere he stormed up to me and announced furiously “I told you not to wait for me”. Before I could respond with my excuses for being in the playground, he had grabbed his bike and sped off. Not for the first time I really understood what it means to cramp your child’s style. Will this ever change, he is now 10 and I’m hoping that by the time he hits 25 he will at least tolerate me being in his vicinity without permission. Hopefully he might even have learnt enough charm by then to at least humour me a bit.