Today, after we’d knocked over a couple hours yard work, maths, english and some other stuff I decided to teach him to Zentangle. He really likes to draw, which is a new thing, and I figured he might gain some relaxation, drawing practice and artistic skill from it…

Initially I got met with a bit of scepticism…

So I printed out some pages of sample from


This is his first effort… and he declared it enjoyable and relaxing! Win for the teacher!!!



Just before I go… a bit of a reflection on work… since we’ve been working towards a tour of NZ as a school excursion (I love HS!!!)… he’s been doing yard work for people… and other assorted jobs for money… may seem unrelated to schoolwork but honestly I feel passionately that this is a crucial part of building resilience, developing manhood, learning about pride in work, developing strength in body and character.

Already is appearing a boy who doesn’t complain about working because he has a goal to achieve and he works hard. This is physical outdoor work which means he gets healthy airflow as well as exercise, he learns to take instructions and complete a task. All of these are vital life skills not learned sitting in a classroom. Maybe not every kid needs this but for a kid who has been beaten down for a long time I believe this will have good long-term results.

Oh, PS: today we made a trip into school to see his friends from school. He expressed both anxiety and excitement about it since this is the first time since he left. We’ve arranged a play date with one. Frustratingly some of these boys have been good friends… until they get into a group dynamic and then things go awol… When he came home he said he misses seeing other boys as much, which I think is a healthy thing… now we’ve got to work out how to add the social contact a bit more…

Whether we go back to school one day sooner or later it is important for him to get a grip on his emotions, to know himself, and to have confidence in himself. It’s early days, but so far so good…


About purplecamels

I'm a slightly crazy mother of 3, wife of 1, who loves adding colour to everything, being creative, and spending time with people. I am very grateful God is in control, though sometimes I wish He'd give a little more notice when He's got plans for my life!
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