I’ve just picked the kids up from school for the last time for a few weeks, and between you and me, holiday’s couldn’t come quick enough.
We’ve got a few days away next week and we are all looking forward to the (mostly) uninterrupted family time with less (hopefully) drama, and distractions than normal. (Fewer distractions may be wishful thinking. Especially considering I just got interrupted twice in two sentences…)
Anyway… After the last few weeks feeling like a dismal failure in the parenting gig, I’m looking forward to trying new things, and making life better. So what better time to start than now?
Being the last day of school, and having an abundance of chocolate frogs stashed away, I surreptitiously added a Freddo and a note into each child’s lunchbox today, tailoring each letter to their own individual affirmation needs.
For Taylah, that involved lots of beautiful encouraging words proclaiming my love for her.
For BJ it involved calling him a stink head.
And for Bridie, I did this.
I knew she would like it because she is a great fan of over emphasis, and amazingly awesome is her favourite turn of phrase.
Picking them up, they were all quite chuffed with their lunchbox additions.
Taylah was instantly thankful and has since been chatting to me like I’m her most favourite person in the world (Words and chocolate go a long way with her 🙂 )
BJ was fiercely proud to declare that he had read his note himself, but the teacher also read it and thought it was funny. (Thankfully she has a sense of humour and realises Stink Head can be a term of endearment too.)
Well Bridie was so chuffed she had drawn me a picture, and responded with a note of her own.
‘Make sure you read all the so’s mum,’ she said.
Now you might say we are slightly competitive, but I just think it’s good form to want to one up your kids in the love stakes 😉 So I told her I was going to write her another note with more so’s to beat her.
Not one to be bestest, the minute I left the room, she set about creating this..
And once again, made me read it.
Apparently I missed 7 ‘so’s’ but I wasn’t starting again.
You would think, after that, that the word ‘so’ would have lost all meaning for me, but if possible it went the other way. It’s so (there it is again! 🙂 ) nice to know that even when you think you’ve been making all the mistakes in the world, the heart of a child will forgive instantly, and without reserve. And it can often be done with the ease of a lunchbox note and chocolate frog.
But not to be outdone, it’s only fair that I return the love, so this here is for Bridie….
It’s on the internet, so I win 🙂