Dear Luca

It’s an important week, well one which is important to me. You’ve experienced bullying first-hand, and it breaks my heart to see it. You’re extremely sensitive but you’re pretty tough too, we just have to work out how to balance both those traits because they’ll stand you in good stead for the future.

You know right from wrong. I think children sense your vulnerabilities and push you for some sort of reaction. You do react but you’ll learn how to cope and I’ll help you develop strategies to do so. We’ll work it out together. You are an extremely tactile boy, when you greet someone you like to touch their cheeks or hug them, other children don’t understand this and will push you away. Sometimes adults don’t know what to do with your friendly nature, their responses differ greatly… but you’ll learn to read people and be more selective with those precious hugs!

In the meantime, don’t change.

Love mum