I don’t claim to have perfect children. They test my patience almost daily with their bickering. They often find themselves losing privileges such as their tablets or time with friends because the sassy attitude and cheekiness went too far. I’m a firm believer in never going to bed on an argument, so we’re always friends again by bedtime. Despite their cheekiness and ability to wind each other up beautifully, I love them more than anything else in the world. Both of them have their own individual wonderful qualities, qualities that I wish everyone had, and that is why they are my heroes.
- I grew up in a family that had its fair share of difficulties. I always promised myself that when I had my own children, I’d make sure they didn’t experience anything similar. The thing is, we can’t control what life throws at us. My children have witnessed and experienced a few difficult situations over the years. It would seem that both of my children have a resilience that I simply have never had. They are incredibly resilient, because of them, I have learned to bounce back when I’m knocked down. They don’t let anything keep them down for long, even shingles didn’t stop Theo. Their resilience is something I admire and wish I had at their age.
- When I say my children are my heroes, I’m not exaggerating. According to Google, the meaning of the word heroes is – ‘a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities’. When I hear the word courage, the first person I think of is Theo. Long term followers will know that Theo has faced his fair share of difficulties in the early years of his life with severe eczema and allergies. Even when his skin was cracked, oozing and painful, he smiled. When he has dealt with severe allergic reactions, his playful side has always shone through, despite feeling and looking hugely unwell. Courage isn’t something he has developed, it is something he was born with, and the courage he has shown and continues to show makes me incredibly proud to be his Mummy.
- Outstanding achievements aren’t something that I push my children to aim for. As long as my children are happy and healthy, anything else is a bonus. I want them to be whatever and whoever they want to be. That’s why when I think of outstanding achievements, I think of Mia. Her love of literature is admirable, she absolutely adores reading and fully immerses herself in what she is reading. We recently received a note in the post from her teacher informing us that she has read more than 500,000 words since the beginning of the school year. Half a million words in 9 months, it’s crazy to think that she has read quite so much in a short space of time. I’ve never pushed her into reading and writing, it’s just something she naturally gravitated towards, and I am immensely proud of her. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. I already know that she has the ability to achieve her dream. She’s my little bookworm.
- I have always made sure that the children know that it costs nothing to be kind. Thankfully, kindness has come naturally to them. They are both quite sensitive children with huge hearts. If they see a friend in need, they are the first to help. If they see someone drop something in the street, they are the first to run over and pick it up for them. They are both incredibly kind to both humans and animals, and I think the world needs more of that. In a world full of sadness, we need more joy. I feel blessed to have two children that bring joy to my life every single day. I’m proud to be raising good, kind humans. Their kindness alone makes them my heroes.
- Last, but definitely not least, is a quality that we all have within us, but not all of us show. My children’s ability to love is what truly makes them my heroes. Their love for me and for each other is unlike any other and that love is everything I need. They love fiercely. That coupled with their resilience reassures me that no matter what life throws at us, we will be just fine. Their love makes me brave.
This blog isn’t just my business. It’s also a place where I feel comfortable to write and share my thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I don’t want to look back in five years and wish that I had written more about what I love about my children. I want to document as much as possible, even if it’s only read by 2 people. When this blog began, it was essentially my online diary. I’m determined to retain this method of documenting life with my children whilst also earning money to provide for them.
That’s why I wrote this post, and that’s why I’m publishing this post. One day I’ll look back at why they are my heroes and remember how absorbed Mia was in the Harry Potter books and how far Theo has come since those awful early days. Maybe you’ll read this post and remember what it’s all about. When you’ve had a bad day and the kids have driven you mad, I hope you’ll read this post and remember why your children are your favorite people in the whole wide world… even when you are exhausted and stressed.