It has been a year since I published my gushy nursery graduation post. This started out as a parenting blog, which moved to a lifestyle and wellness blog. I’m still a Mum though and if I feel moved, I write. Today I felt VERY moved.
I heard of someone who recently said –
‘I would rather my kids grew up to be successful over kind and caring’.
Wow. But first off – why can’t they be both? What is this crazy view we have that being successful makes you an asshole? It doesn’t. It may mean less time to put others before yourself as if we want to smash our goals, whatever they may be, a sacrfifice does have to be made. But I believe we can be both. In fact, I believe that making the effort to be nice, caring, kind and positive puts us at an advantage. I know I love being around good people. People who care. People who want to make a difference. You are only interesting if you are interested.
I had a little cry this morning – yes I am a massive sap. I took some time out to read Bonnie’s first ever official school report. I won’t be able to share many of them but she is currently at an age where she is totally fine with it.
I was instantly drawn towards the well-being part of Bonnie’s school report first. Yes, I am delighted she is coming on so well with her reading, writing and numbers. I am even more delighted to hear that she puts effort in. In my opinion though – hands down the well-being part is the most important. I still hear those awful thoughts I call perfect mum whispering in my ear. I’m giving her the double finger today because I don’t think I could ask for much more.
“Bonnie is an attentive listener. She has a fantastic attitude towards new challenges. Her resilient nature and determination has really aided her progress this year. Bonnie has natural musicality (high five to that) and her timing to the beat is excellent. Her positive attitude is contagious and it really spurs others on. She has shown to be a very caring pupil. She is often on the lookout to see how she can help others and often her smile cheers many of her peers up if they are feeling down.”
Wow. That to me is worthy of tears.
Fly high little butterfly 🦋 lets toast to raising kids to be kind and to follow their dreams. Let’s remind them that they are beautiful, even when like a butterfly that can’t see their wings. Let’s remind them that kindness and success is a magical combination.