DS has been unwell for a couple of weeks with sore throat, bunged up nose & tiredness. Just as we thought he was over it he gave an outstanding man of the match rugby performance in cold, wet conditions and promptly went downhill the next day with high temp, headaches, upset tummy and sore throat back again
He's had a couple of days off school and is back today, still not feeling 100% and seems to be really worried about Y7 exams which are happening this week. For the last few nights he has come into our room after we have come up to bed and said that he can't get to sleep.
He takes his school work seriously enough but has never really been one to worry like this. Maybe feeling under the weather is making him worry more? He has had 2 grade reviews and a parents evening since Sept and he is doing very well in all subjects except maths, where he is doing about average. We have reassured him that he is doing very well and we are happy and proud. We haven't really mentioned the upcoming exams except to say 'don't worry these are just little tests, do your best as you always do' so I don't think we have put any pressure on there.
Why is my poor boy feeling so worried? What have they been saying to him at school to cause him sleepless nights, or is this just his own internal pressure? There is an atmosphere of achievement at his school but it isn't OTT. We have always encouraged him to do his best but it seems he is piling on the expectations himself and no amount of reassurance helps.
Just feeling sorry for my darling boy as it's growing dark and cold outside and he is still at school (until 7:15pm) possibly doing an exam right now. Sometimes I think all this testing is counter productive! They've only been in year 7 for 2.5 months!