Monday, 23 February 2015

A bit of waffling on about parenting, ageing, wisdom and attitude!

This blog is about capturing the moments in life. It lets me write what's on my mind and then allows me to revisit. I do occasionally read back over the years and appreciate the memories that are here.
I think this piece is just about what's going on at the moment. I've just proof read it and it feels like I've just vomited words! 
I was going to scrap it or try and tidy it up, but for once I'm not exercising that control. I'll read it back in the future and see the confused jumble - because that's just how things are sometimes!

I've been watching a transition these last few weeks. A transition of my girl from a Primary School 12 year old to a High School 12 year old. In just under four short weeks the apron strings have most definitely slackened. Not quite been cut, but certainly looser!

I think my parenting is in a transition stage too. On the one hand I'm getting used to being slightly less in demand as she happily enjoys the independence of catching a bus to school, whilst on the other I'm calling on all my skills to help her manage some pretty big changes.

We recently experienced some friendship news that rocked Sibs's boat. (Actually it capsized for a bit but she came right!) She let me in and she shut me out.  I saw my beautiful girl struggle to manage the intensity of her emotions. I saw her retreat to her room and not want to show any vulnerability.

Gosh it took me back. Can you ever forget how insanely strong your emotions can be when you're twelve?

The end of the story is that we talked - albeit through a closed door at first, then through written notes, but we eventually got there.
When your heart is so invested and that's all you want to do is take the pain away, it's hard to be a parent...
She needs these bumps in her road to build her defences and resilience. I know that, but it's not what she wanted to hear.

I shared experiences with her. I recalled the angst of situations like this with the reassurances that we do get through them. I called on all the wisdom of age.

So just when you feel the lull in this parenting thing, out comes a whopper to test you! I guess life is just like that isn't it. The only thing that's constant is change....

I seem to have reached a stage where I've been thinking about age and ageing a bit recently.
This last year or so I have probably felt a bit older than I want to feel (or be!).  There have been some health challenges that only really become more apparent when I now feel better.  So I have just decided that being *cough, cough*  age isn't so bad after all and I should just be grateful and accept it.

I wonder if there is actually a 'best' age to be?
Would I go back to being a kid with no responsibilities and someone else making most of my decisions?
How about approaching my teenage years with all the uncertainties about absolutely everything ahead.
Do I want to be 17 or 18 again just on the cusp of independence and adventure?
Do I want to return to be in my early thirties, settled and secure?
Should I just be look forward to the next decade?

I remember turning 21 almost as if it was yesterday. My thirties were a bit of a blur and I missed the 'life begins at 40' memo. So here I am  - contemplating what feels like a bit of a see-saw age.

Are there any rules about what one should be like at a certain time in their life? Is this the time to bring out the A line skirts!?!

I hope not..... I'm enjoying the contradictions in my ways.

I can turn the volume up really high as I sing along to my Ed Sheeran CD in the car and then come home, make myself a nice cup of Yorkshire Tea and pick up my crochet! I quite like the fact that I don't feel the need to conform to any particular way of doing things. Don't ask me when that feeling happened though.

This 'accept me for who I am' attitude is getting more comfortable for me but is still a pretty shaky concept for a twelve year old.

I am parenting with the 'just trust and be yourself' theme like there's no tomorrow with a stern reminder to myself that it's taken me decades to get here!

Last week Sibs had an English assignment where she needed to write about someone who has influenced her to be who she is. She showed me her work and even though she warned me that I would probably cry, I wasn't quite prepared for the massive lump in my throat. It was a beautiful paragraph that captured so many things about acceptance, being true to yourself, finding your own beauty and following your dreams.

She gets it -  and I hope with all my heart she believes it.

Life is never perfect and as much as I think that I prepare myself with a way to parent to the best that I can, I know that the heat of the moment will sometimes overtake logic. That will be the time I re-read her assignment! I'll remind myself that it does go in....

So as we go through these bumps in the road I'll continue to try and remember back to those crazy overwhelming times. I'll be thankful that I got through them and thankful that I can hold Sibs's hand to steer her forward.

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6 Comments and thoughts:

  1. Beautifully written item that sums up life, it's constant changes and challenges. The important aspect of "change' in our lives, is to not be afraid of it, but to manage it.
    As for playing music far too loud, I still do that - usually in the car and travelling at great speed, it's a great release and my current favourite is a CD called Spirit in the room by none other than the voice of the valleys Tom Jones. If you haven't heard it, give it a go - it's all about life.

    Pob lwc Bethan

    Cariad Arfon a Meryl

    1. Diolch am eich geiriau caredig. I too love of a bit of Tom Jones usually when I'm ironing or in the car!

  2. Very well written and expressed, thank you so much for sharing. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. Blogs are great for expressing what we would like to, and for sharing things we love.

    1. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment Linda.

  3. Very well written and expressed, thank you so much for sharing. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. Blogs are great for expressing what we would like to, and for sharing things we love.

  4. I remember the shift when my
    daughter was 12. I went from
    "manager" to "consultant" role.
    And, I recall the hormones that
    drive the highs and lows, especially
    concerning friendships. I wish I
    could tell you it was a tea party
    getting through HS, but it wasn't.
    Now, with her 1500 miles away at
    university, the relationship has taken
    another shift. The reality of not being
    in her life daily was a painful adjustment.
    I know some moms who text or skype
    daily, but I knew my girl needed to test
    her wings, so we don't communicate on
    a daily basis. There are lot's of shifts in
    life, and the best thing to do is hold on
    tight for the ride! You seem like such a
    great momma and I'm not surprised that
    your Sibs chose you as her influencer : )

    Thanks for sharing your heart.

    xo Suzanne