T-minus seven days and counting . . .
Until The B starts school, that is. That his anxieties are growing is becoming obvious. It hasn't taken a lot to make him become a little tearful in recent days.
Parents more experienced than I tell me that this is normal and that more severe mood swings are on the agenda once term has begun in earnest. Indeed, the school authorities have provided some invaluable information on this subject . . .
The latest leaflet underlines the importance of trying to keep The B calm in the coming days, avoiding too much excitement and not expecting him to do too much.
'Don't plan lots of activities,' it warns. 'It will be too much for him'.
Given the obvious expertise that has gone into these instructions, I'm grateful for such guidance. There are some important lessons to learn, and not just for The B . . .