Now It’s Even Better
I don’t claim to be a child-care expert. I have an A-Level in child psychology and make it my business to research issues that may effect my daughter, but ultimately…I’m just a parent who is muddling through with love and instinct. Children aren’t delivered to you complete with instructions and in the same way that every child is different, every parent is different; although we can give and take advice, ultimately all we can ever do is our best and hope that it’s enough.
Being a Mum is hard. Motherhood comes with delirious joys and paralysing fears; sleepless nights and kodak moments. I don’t think we should berate ourselves too much when we make mistakes, but we shouldn’t congratulate ourselves too much either; a lot of our successes are based on good luck and the marvels that are our children. However every now and again my little lady does some thing that makes me feel so proud of her and in turn, proud of myself. This is one of those times.
As regular readers will know, I recently got married!! My husband and I were very careful with Beth’s feelings around our marriage. We gave her the opportunity to discuss any concerns she might have aswell as anything that she really wanted to be included in our wedding day and indeed in our life as a family going forward. We explained that she was losing NOTHING, but gaining a step-father: this was a necessary reassurance as she and I had been such a strong unit when I was single, we didn’t want her to feel that our relationship would change.
I think the best thing we can do to alleviate worry in our children is listen to them and allow them to have some control. Beth has been a real player in the organisation of our big day, helping with crafts and shopping, giving her opinions on readings and flowers. In the spirit of the exchange of rings, Phill gave Beth a beautiful locket on our Wedding Day, hoping that it goes some way towards symbolising his commitment to her aswell as me. During our Wedding ceremony, Bethany read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 and brought the congregation to tears. She read those words in a way that an adult would struggle to match and she is only 9 years old. I was so proud.
Last night, quite without any suggestions or encouragement from Phill and I, Beth made and presented us with this card. I am overwhelmed by her maturity, her eloquence and her love. The sentiments in this card are exactly how Phill and I hoped to help her to feel about our new family and once over the initial outpouring of love and praise, we couldn’t help but give ourselves a little pat on the back.
What a lovely girl we have and what a lucky couple we are. x