>> Wednesday, November 19, 2014
This week's Gallery is 'Being a parent'. It immediately made me think of a blog post I wrote a while back called "Being a Parent made me a better Guider" If you work with children I think it's worth a read. I was early to this being a Guider lark - 17 and late to the being a parent party - 30. I've had just about the same amount of time with a foot in each camp.
Being a parent changed me as a person (mostly!)
Cog is pretty critical of me, I guess most kids are pretty critical of their parents. Mostly I try to laugh at her and tell her it was a shame she wasn't born to a better mother. But sometimes it hurts.
Yes, I know I looked like an idiot but I burn to a crisp if I'm not under a big hat and umbrella. This is her 'MUM! you're embarrassing me' speech and my 'do I look like I care' selfie in response.
She has no idea really how privileged she is. One day she will get it, but I hope she finds out gently and not through any hard way. I am her cook, cleaner, hairdresser, personal shopping assistant, taxi, tutor, purse filler and punch bag. It's a joy!
'MUM! will you just stop it'
'what?! stop what?! I'm just sat here'
'I'm just taking a photo of the ball and flowers for the gallery - I know at some point a theme will be ball and flowers!'
'Well STOP IT'