teamwork – my word of the week

I feel like I’ve played a more elaborate game of tag with school, these past 12 months. Up until 2020, I’d been the reigning champion of the game for almost 13 years in a row. No trophy, but we all knew. Admittedly, there are only two players in our particular game. School and me, but we were head to head.

The rules were easy to follow. A week or two with the children at home and then,… BAM! …, School, I tag you. You’re it. Children back with you for six or eight weeks, until you manage to tag me back. Catch me if you can. There was an undeniable rhythm and set of rules to our game, with me tagging School faster than it could tag me back.

2020 was obviously different. Rules were thrown up in the air, which gave school the definite advantage in our game. They were off the mark faster and tagging me easily. They evaded my grasp, proving the table had turned. The children were home more than at school.

This week, I tagged school. Middle Teen went back to school the previous week and Youngest headed back this Monday. They’ve had a full week back at school and both are tired.

I’m glad they are back. Not that I don’t miss them. I’ve loved our meeting up for elevenses and lunch, and me being able to sit in on their maths or physics lessons. Being more part of their day. Knowing they are in their rooms, studying has been a different parenting experience. School has done an amazing job with online lessons and the children have become independent learners, but I can see they needed the classroom time too.

In amongst our game of tag is a story of teamwork, which I really appreciate. Maybe a little bit more than before.

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We’ve had our first Covid 19 vaccination in the house, this week. Mr TTC, being in the priority band above me, was called in. He was hoping to get away without any of the side effects, but was hit with them. It’s left him quite zapped, but no where near as bad as the real thing.

I’m glad we didn’t have our jabs on the same day. One man down, but meals were on the table, the hound was walked, phones answered and children were fed and watered before they ventured out into the big world.

Next week, it’s my turn. Feels weird to pencil in a sick day. Fingers crossed that I’m OK, but at least I know Mr TTC and the teens can keep the house running. There may be takeaways.

To be honest, I think they’ll get on fine. The older teens are perfectly capable of getting on with life. This week, I had three lovely parenting moments with them.

Middle Teen is a dab hand when it comes to artistic endeavours, which extends to makeup. She doesn’t wear much face paint, but when she does, it is applied with a flair that I’ve never had. More about artistry than fitting in with the flock. This week, she gave me a make over.

I closed my eyes and put my face in her hands.

There were definite flashbacks to when the children were younger and would pretend to do my makeup. It was best to just let it happen and hope you didn’t have too long before you could get away with washing your face. Or cross your fingers that someone didn’t knock on the door half way through. Or the child veered away from plan and picked up a permanent marker as it was just the right colour. Middle Teen has form when it comes to getting carried away with her pursuit of art.

(I won’t embarrass her but at a tender age of almost 4, she comprehensively redecorated every surface of her childminder’s back room with perfect painty handprints. In several decades of child care, apparently it was a first for the childminder. She wasn’t a naughty child, just very creative and curious.)

This time, she took my fading features, (because let’s face it, that’s part of the aging process) and worked her gentle magic. With her it is more about minimal for maximum effect. A change from her early days.

Second parenting moment: reading the same book as Eldest Teen and discussing it. We both read Midnight Library and it was great to discuss it with her afterwards, like our own little book club.

Third parenting moment: working in collaboration with Middle Teen to make my father’s birthday card. He’s had it now, so I can share. Middle Teen drew the design and I hand cut the rest. I think she did an amazing job, especially considering I gave her a rubbish, rough outline of what I was after. I loved working on this card with her.

Parenting can have it’s ups and downs. One moment you’re watching them playing chess nicely together, the next you are wondering where you went wrong. I mean seriously, how else can I say please tidy your floor so I can walk in without breaking something? Or, no the meal will go cold before you finish your game. Another favourite: please don’t hoard your dirty washing for days and then expect it to be ready in a few hours.

Then there are times when it falls into place. Those are the times to savour.

Joining in with lovely Anne’s word of the week. My word is teamwork. Tag! You’re it! What’s your word of the week?


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16 thoughts on “teamwork – my word of the week

  • Saturday 20 March, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Team work, I love it. I do wonder sometimes just how my lot would cope if I wasn’t around. The card is beautiful and even more special because of your collaboration. Happy birthday to your Dad. I’m sorry Mr TTC suffered a reaction to the jab, we got off lightly in our house, I just felt tired, daughter had a headache and husband, who had a different vaccine, felt a little poorly but it didn’t last long. Fingers crossed for you.

    • Monday 22 March, 2021 at 6:02 pm

      Seems to knock people in different ways. I can cope with tired.

  • Saturday 20 March, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    I love your analogy of playing tag with school – it’s a great way of looking at it and you’re right that it is about teamwork. I’m glad that Middle Teen and Youngest Teen are back at school and hope that the weekend helps them to recover from tiredness of the week. Hope that any side-effects from your jab will be mild and short-lived. Hubby had his a couple of weeks ago and was fine. Takeaways are a good plan though! How lovely that your Middle Teen gave you a makeover. The story of her decorating her child-minder’s back room aged 4 made me smile. I’ve let the girls do face painting on me a few times. It’s made for some wonderful photos and very happy memories! Lovely to have your own little book club with your Eldest Teen. I love the card you and your Middle Teen made together. Those little moments when everything falls into place are wonderful. #WotW

    • Monday 22 March, 2021 at 6:01 pm

      Yes, you’ve got to savour those moments.

  • Sunday 21 March, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    The idea of playing tag with the school is brilliant! Fingers crossed the game settles back in our favour! Three very lovely moments for you this week 🙂 the card is really really good. Hope your vaccine goes well. I had a sore arm and hand that lasted a couple of days.

    • Monday 22 March, 2021 at 5:59 pm

      I’m glad your vaccine went well. Hope your arm and hand feel better now.

  • Sunday 21 March, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    I am glad the return to school has gone well. My youngest has been back a couple of weeks and my eldest goes back to college on Wednesday!
    Hooray for the Covid vaccine for Mr TTC. My fella has his yesterday and so far he’s had no side effects and my eldest gets hers next week. I am still waiting. Good luck with yours.
    Happy birthday to your dad. That card is fab. Well done your teen. x

    • Monday 22 March, 2021 at 5:58 pm

      It’s good to hear that others are having no ill-effects. Gives me hope.

  • Sunday 21 March, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    I love the concept of playing tag with the school. I hope you win!
    I hope Mr TTC is feeling better now after his vaccine and I also hope that you get on OK with yours.
    I love your card, teamwork definitely paid off with this. Happy belated birthday to your dad. I hope he had the best day possible. x

    • Monday 22 March, 2021 at 5:57 pm

      He’s a lot better now, thank goodness.

  • Sunday 21 March, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    “Fading features” – wait till you’re my age! You really got me with that one. But a makeover! And you didn’t have to promise the nice lady that you’d buy something. 😀 Lovely.

    • Monday 22 March, 2021 at 5:24 pm

      Ha! Yes fading features. What can I say? It was nice not feeling obliged to buy, although having to bring my own makeup probably set me in good stead.

  • Monday 22 March, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Glad you are one jab down. Good luck with yours. My hubbie and I both felt fine after both jabs, so you won’t necessarily need a sick day (though you could take it anyway!). Your papercut card is lovely!

    • Monday 22 March, 2021 at 4:20 pm

      I have my fingers crossed. Thank you.

  • Sunday 4 April, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    I don’t want my children to grow up too quickly but I’m hoping I will experience moments like this with my little lady. Homeschooling has been hard and I don’t think them being so young has helped #WotW

    • Tuesday 6 April, 2021 at 9:40 am

      I do think that the daily work of home schooling must have been harder for the parents with younger children. The teen years are lovely, but they come with their own challenges.

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