If there is one expression I have used more than most this week, it’s this one about believing. If there is one role as a parent that I’ve played this week, it is support.

It has been exam week for the older two. I am acutely aware that this time next year, our household will be consumed by GCSE anxiety. This year is a fore-runner. Preparation not just for the candidate, but also for the rest of the family.

(Keep your head down, and make as little noise as possible, and you may keep your head, little ones.)

Knowing my eldest, I’m pretty sure I will not be using the expression cool as a cucumber, this time next year. Not that I’d want to. Has to be a certain bite where exams are concerned. I hope she will see that believing in herself this year, helped her to perform her best.

(first cucumber from the green house this week)

Believing in oneself has been repeated so many times, this week.

Youngest has not escaped. He had his first cricket match. The unknown worried him. So did letting his team down. In the end, he did well and I had a proud parent moment.

He also had sports day. Last year he broke a school record, by a long shot. This year he felt he had to defend it. I think there was a bit of competition among his peers, running up to the day. It was making him nervous. He wasn’t sure if he could do it. Time for him to believe in himself. He did it and he won again. By a long shot! Another proud moment for me.

As a result of focusing on supporting my brood, I don’t seem to have made time to sew much.

My rose dress is cut out and the stay stitching is in place. Next step is the zip. I’m always a bit apprehensive of sewing zips, which is probably another reason, this project has stalled. Zips have to look neat. Especially one at the back, where it is on show. I can be exceedingly tough with myself when it comes to the finish of clothes I make.

I need to believe in myself too.

With the pause in sewing, I have started the inevitable selection of my next project. Searching through my stash of fabric to match with patterns I have sitting on my desk. Always slightly worrying as I’ve been known to jump excitedly straight on to the next before I’ve resumed sewing the current sewing mission.

I can do that zip. I really can.

It seems that my message did get through to the children. Results have started to come back. Encouraging ones.

Next week will not be a run of the mill week. New experiences for the older two. Looking through my tool box of parenting skills, I wonder which I’ll be using the most next week.


11 thoughts on “Believe

  • Friday 16 June, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Such a fab message to instit into children, I hope the anxiety is lifted and have a good weekend X #wotw

    • Friday 16 June, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      I hope so. It would be nice to fit in a bit of sewing. Hope you have a good weekend too

  • Friday 16 June, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    It’s great to read that the results coming back are encouraging. Onwards and upwards. #WotW

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  • Friday 16 June, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    What a wonderful word. It is a great message to send the kids.

    • Friday 16 June, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks Kim.

  • Friday 16 June, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    It makes all the difference, and it sounds as though your children are learning to believe and trust in themselves. You need to do the same with that zip as that is lovely fabric x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Sunday 18 June, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Oh yes. The zip. I will get there….

  • Friday 16 June, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    My daughter is sitting in the kitchen revising Physics for her end of term exams as I write this. Her exams are next week, encouraging her to revise hasn’t been easy….. as you say at least it prepares them for GCSE year!

    • Sunday 18 June, 2017 at 9:10 am

      Good luck to her. ‘Least they get some exam technique practise, but also may be inspired to revise earlier next time. Fingers crossed.

  • Wednesday 21 June, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I hate doing zips too – it’s always the point where I start stalling as well. I love the fabric for your dress – so pretty. Hope all is going well with exams and well done to your youngest on doing so well on sports day. #WotW

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