“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
18 months ago, our three year old wandered into a whole new world-a world filled with bigger children, new grown ups, so many activities, and the unknown.
18 months ago, that three year old tentatively let go of my hand and took hold of another grown up’s.
18 months on, and here we are-our last week with you. I saw “our” because really, you’ve become as much of a welcome place for me, as you have for her-it’s almost like coming to a safe place every other day when I drop her in.
I know you all tell me how much she’s changed and how you can’t believe it’s been so long since she started-but I wonder how much you actually really see of the change in her.
We all know she’s always been confident and willing to learn-but when starting something new, or doing something as big as starting nursery, you expect those qualities to disappear for a little while. If anything, she’s more confident and more willing to learn, but you’ve also added some special parts of her personality we hadn’t seen before.
You taught her everything she needed to start the rest of her life-her manners, her attitude (although I still attend parent/keyworker meetings confused as to the little girl you explain never gets in trouble or acts up!)
You all know her, she’s funny, she’s a character-but she’s even more than that now. You’ve brought out the full force of her personality-and we couldn’t thank you more for that.
For 18 months you’ve kept her safe, you’ve never let any harm come to her, and you’ve cared for her as if she was your own child. I didn’t think anyone could love her as much as you all do, but you have often told me how much you think of her, and how much you’re going to miss her.
Honestly, I’m not scared about her starting big school, I’m not even too fussed about her growing up as quickly as these years seem to go by.
I’m scared of how unbelievably sad I’m going to be when next week comes….
I don’t ever want you to leave her life-and I know some of you won’t, because we’ll see you around-but it’s almost like you should always be there, because I worry who she’ll become without you!
She’ll never ever forget you-I won’t let her. How could any of us forget the people that shaped her into the amazing little person she now is?
This week is going to be the hardest time for all of us, and I didn’t want to leave without letting you know how much you all mean to us-because lets face it, I’m about to spend the next week being a complete wreck-probably unable to form words!
You do though, you mean so so much to Olivia, and I can’t thank you enough for that.
Whenever you see her photos, whenever you hear of her achievements at big school, or her first day pictures in her new uniform, remind yourselves that you had a massively important role to play in getting her there-and that you absolutely smashed it.
We were kindly gifted tickets to attend the new Brick History exhibition at The Historic Dockyard in Chatham last Sunday.
To say we jumped at the opportunity, would be an understatement-aside from the warships and many other exhibits at the Dockyard, my children (and myself) are huge Lego fans, and we just knew it would be worth the trip up there!
We were very kindly sent, a ‘decorate your own Teepee’ from Big Game Hunters!!
I was actually really excited to receive this, and to let the kids wild with the wash-out pens, as we haven’t yet had a teepee in the house-only those pop up character tents all children end up having! Continue reading
Even at the grand ol’ age of 31 (almost 32), there are still life lessons to be made. During the last 24 hours, I’ve learned a valuable one-one I thought I’d share with you all.
Now bear with me, because I think you’re all going to assume you’ve got this down-that you know the answer to the above question “Do you really know who you’re sharing with?”
Some of you really may know exactly who you’re sharing your personal thoughts and feelings with, and that’s great! But I learnt the hard way, and I wanted to make sure no one else had to go through the same thing!
Yes, you read right-get your kids behind the wheel! I’ve recently come across a website-track days, that enables your child, to get behind the wheel of some of the hottest super-cars around!
Unfortunately, my eight year old, doesn’t seem to quite make the age bracket that the majority of choices on the ‘junior driving experiences’ page ask for (minimum age of 10/11 on most options), but he turns nine next February, and I have a feeling, the way time creeps up on you, he’ll be eleven in the blink of an eye-and these experiences are the perfect gift for your picky 11 year old!
There are plenty of experiences around the country though, and some only specify that your child can reach the pedals and see over the dashboard!
This is a bit of a niche random blogging subject from me, especially in comparison to subjects I usually write about!
What has prompted it though, was a conversation with a stranger in my local supermarket. As myself and my four year old Daughter were leaving, a random woman made a passing comment; “oh she’s been here before!”
Thinking she meant in this shop, I replied “oh yes, we come here all the time as we live around the corner.”
She said “no I mean in this world!” Continue reading