This week has seen me a little under the weather, but I’m starting to come good now. There is a meme that goes around on Facebook that says something along the lines of “Oh hang on, I’m a mum, I can’t call in sick”. Well I must say, my children stepped up again as not only was I sick but so was my eldest child who usually does the stepping up – it was so nice to see the younger two take on this role as my eldest and I were both bed ridden.
This sense of responsibility comes from their overall upbringing and ensures that our world does not come crashing down when we have a casualty or two on the team. I’m not sure what they got up to in the morning in order to get themselves ready for school? I knew that there was no bread for sandwiches in the house, but they improvised. They also did their normal rostered jobs plus those of their big brother and they checked on me constantly to see if they could bring me anything, they brought me the phones to organise my sick day and they planned their own transport. In and out of sleep I knew that they were quite capable to get themselves safely to school.
That evening when we were all feeling a little better and munching on toasted cheese sandwiches I questioned them as to what they had filled their lunch boxes with? Yes, they had improvised using the top shelf of the pantry where the corn chips and other treats are kept, I had a little giggle as they were showing initiative.
My point of sharing this story is that the world will not crash down if we can’t oversee every detail and action in our children’s lives. It also will not come crashing down if every once in a while children have to fend for themselves and take control, even if it means their lunch boxes are stuffed full of corn chips!