The kids are getting very excited about Christmas, and this week has been a bit of a mad one! Maya was a little star as a christmas “person” in her preschool Lucia concert, and Leon was another (very proud) star as grandma in his school play!!!! We’ve also had Charlie’s birthday party in the forest, Alfie’s 1 year check at the doctor, Leon trying out the play center at school (his request), little Leon and Amelia to play most days, and the last of the Christmas shopping!
Thankfully yesterday was Leon’s last day at school, and he was only there for an hour, so now we can all relax..(?) A wonderful day it was! Leon joined Maya’s gymnastics class (loved it!), we went to the library to get out books about Christmas and looked at the lovely Christmas story exhibition – Maya is fascinated with Jesus!!! Then the kids had a fantastic time on the swings in the rain – long gone is the time when they refused to play outside for fear of getting wet!!!!
Realisation…. have had one this week! Leon enjoys school, and has tried out the play centre and enjoyed it – he is not being bullied, his behaviour has not changed, he is learning new things, he is enjoying being part of a group, and he is having fun. I am a firm believer in that I want my children to make choices, and I want them to be happy. No longer am I going to battle over the “what ifs..” of homeschooling, making myself unhappy – I am going to embrace his happiness in school and support it, and see what changes the future brings! In the same light, I am going to encourage preschool for Maya, but if she decides she doesn’t want to go, then I will go against convention and happily keep her at home!!!! Of course Alfie’s going into full time daycare….!!!!
But seriously, life is like a box of chocolates and it’s important to try different ones! You don’t always have to swallow them…..!