This is our last week of sport, with our last matches being on Saturday 25th November. It is thus a particularly busy week as all extra-murals also end this week, except by arrangement etc. for choirs, recorders or those children rehearsing for our Carols Evening. In addition there is the delightful Toppies and Tots on Friday, which our children look forward to with anticipation and which enables greater bonding between children and the adult with whom he/she is playing. We wish all of our children much enjoyment and continued commitment to their extra-murals and academic work, as this term rapidly counts down to a close.
We also welcome our Grade 3 children coming into Grade 4 as they have an orientation day with us on Friday.
I came across this the other day and thought they were such pearls of practical wisdom that I wanted to share them with you as parents:
Are you one of those parents always saying “Don’t” to your children? If so, here are some don’ts they might like to say to you:
· Don’t be frightened of being firm with me. I feel more secure when you are firm.
· Don’t spoil me. I know as well as you do that I shouldn’t have everything I ask for.
· Don’t let me get into bad habits. I rely on you to help me stop them.
· Don’t make me feel smaller than I am already; it makes me act big and then I make a fool of myself.
· Don’t correct me in front of other people unless you have to.
· Don’t make me feel I’ve sinned when I’ve made a mistake.
· Don’t cushion me from the consequences of what I’ve done. Sometimes I need to learn the hard way.
· Don’t over react when I say “I hate you!” I love you.
· Don’t nag me. If you do I may have to pretend to be deaf.
· Don’t make a fuss when there’s nothing much wrong with me. I may be fussing to get your attention.
· Don’t forget that I can’t always explain things as clearly as you can.
· Don’t promise me something you won’t be able to do. I feel awful when you let me down.
· Don’t push me into a corner with questions. If you frighten me then I tell lies.
· Don’t say one thing and do another. This makes me lose faith in you.
· Don’t say I’m silly when I tell you what I’m worried about….I need your understanding and reassurance.
· Don’t fob me off when I’m asking questions…then I’ll stop asking you and have to get the answers from somewhere else.
· Don’t pretend you’re perfect or infallible…I know you’re not.
· Don’t think you’re too important to apologise to me. I love you so much when you say “Sorry”.
· Don’t think I’ve stopped growing up. Please try to understand I’m growing every day.
· Don’t forget I love experimenting. I can’t grow without it.
· Don’t forget that I need your understanding love if I’m going to thrive; but you love me already, and I don’t need to tell you that, do I?
I enjoyed the above as it reminded me once again of the crucial role we play as parents and the impact we have. I hope you also find it beneficial?
Best wishes to you all for the week ahead.