By Helen Brown
I am a very proud parent of all of my children. But there are varying degrees of proud as I found out when Miss 10 was upset that I was more proud of her older sister, Miss 12, than I was of her.
Let me paint the scenario:-
Miss 12 had her first Highschool Awards night and when she came home to say that she was to receive both an Academic Award AND a Principal’s Award, to say she was excited was an understatement.
So off we all trot in our finest to watch Miss 12 receive her awards. Grandparents were invited, applause and cheers were given and photos were taken.
Fast forward to getting home after all the excitement and putting them to bed.
Miss 10 is all glum and when asked what was the matter she replied, “But you are prouder of HER than you are of me. You never tell me how proud you are of me. I never do anything to make you proud.”
Well that hit like a tonne of bricks to a mum who would do anything for her kids.
I explained to her that I was in fact very proud of her. But there were different kinds of proud. Yes I was very proud that Miss 12 has found her niche at school with her academics. She is a very shy child who I thought would not find her way.
Miss 10 however, is our little go-getter who will give anything a try – AFL, basketball, gymnastics. This list is endless. I explained that her school doesn’t really do Primary Awards and that when she gets to highschool she might be up there with her older sister. But I was very proud of the fact that she is the ONLY girl in her school Guitar Ensemble who plays mini-concerts before school and at school functions.
Moral of the story is, every child is different. Pride comes in all shapes and sizes as does the child. One child may be more academic than the other but that doesn’t mean they don’t put in their all to get the result that they want. My Miss 10 is very gifted with her guitar playing and is very involved in helping others when they come to her school for the first time.
Parenting is an absolute minefield of getting it right.
I am not a parent that hands out praise and high fives for the hell of it. Mind you, Miss 4 has been receiving quite a few high fives for not having “accidents” at Kindy this last week. LOL.
I am a parent who believes that if you come last, you shouldn’t get a ribbon for it.
Yes, my child will be told that they tried their best and better luck next time. But in the real world, they are not going to get an award or payrise every time they do something right. Call me a mean mum, but in society it’s not all rose-coloured glasses.
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In what has almost become a bit of a tradition, the annual Australia Day Lamb ad was released this morning and I personally think it’s brilliant.
Released a couple of weeks out from Australia Day, the advertisement focuses on Australia’s modern history and reflects on just how multicultural we are as a nation.
Starting out with a small group of Indigenous Australians cranking up the BBQ on a secluded beach on the east coast. Then one of them remarks “beautiful spot like this, it’ll be packed before you know it”. Cue dramatic music and the appearance of a ship on the horizon…
Submitted by Christine James
On 19th February at 12 midday, Townsville will be conducting it's inaugural Cupid's Undie Run at The Seaview. Party with Caro and Kingi from The Block and Captain Active and enjoy a few nibblies then participate in a 'brief' 1.5 km run on the Strand at 2pm.
The event is being held in 12 cities across Australia at the same time raising much needed funds for The Children's Tumour Foundation and desperately needed awareness toward the genetic condition known as Neurofibromatosis (NF).
NF affects 1 in every 2,500 births, that is at least as common as Cystic Fibrosis, Huntington’s Disease and Muscular Dystrophy combined. People with NF do not have the tumour suppressor that most people are born with and can therefore have tumours on any nerve throughout their bodies. Further to the tumours, people with NF can also have learning difficulties, bone deformities leading to loss of limbs, vision and hearing loss, cancer and even death. Currently there is no cure for NF. For these reasons we need to raise funds to assist in research and eventually a cure.
For 12 months now we have travelled to Sydney every month so that Nate can participate in this trial. He has an oral dose of chemo every morning and thankfully his side effects have been minimal with some whitening of his hair and skin rashes and toe nail infections.
Don't get me wrong, it has been hard work and has been very tedious for Nate BUT the results have been astonishing. His vision has gone from 20% sight to 60% sight and his tumour has shown clear and definite shrinkage.
It is very exciting knowing our little boy is part of a ground breaking research trial and that he is paving the way for this drug to become available to many others suffering from the same condition.
The above article , including images, was submitted by Christine James, Cupids Undie Run Race Director Townsville.
For further information regarding the above event please visit www.cupidsundierun.com.au
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