Thank you to Sarah for a tip for sorting out my Internet issues - which, as you can see, has worked wonderfully.
Where do I start? I would go through what I have been making but what is on my mind is how hard the past 2-3 weeks have been. My lovely pirate as been hating, hating school. Getting him there has involved all kinds of strategies - and I can't say I always spoke to him in a way I would have liked. Most of my energy has gone into working out what is going on for him, working out some remedies and finding a way to be a calm, compassionate and loving mother through it all.
Like many people I was bullied as a child and now it is happening to my little boy. He is only 5. The school have been magnificent and I can't think of another thing they could be doing - but what I have learned is that there is only so much you can do. The rest is up to the pirate. I now understand the desire to home school. I hope that I can help him work out strategies that be so useful for the rest of his life.
My pirate is not like the other boys - he is gentle, considered, proud and has an imagination that is like no other child I know. Not much good for the mainstream but likely to serve him very well as an adult.
There is a lot of time before then. I hope I can get him through without damage.