+ Hannah lost a tooth on Wednesday. This was her third, and she was so pleased. All her friends had lost their teeth, and she was waiting for hers to follow. She ran inside to show me when she got home from school, but didn’t have the tooth because she accidentally swallowed it. We give her a gold coin when her tooth comes out, but have told her the truth about the tooth fairy (just like we have always told the truth about Santa). Despite knowing this, she wrote a little note to the tooth fairy explaining why she had no tooth to trade for a coin. I have filed it away with all my other special memorabilia!
+ Today is the final day of term and boy am I glad it is over! In NSW, our year 12 students graduate at the end of this term. They don’t come back to class for the last term as their exams are held then. Yesterday was graduation day for the year 12 kids at my school. All week various classes were having parties, and special events were going on. My Year 12 class surprised me with a box of chocolates, some flowers, and a card! How lovely! No teacher ever expects a thank you gift, but to be honest, it is always wonderful to receive one. It always makes me reflect on what a privilege it is to help shape young adults. Everyone can always remember those teachers that influenced them, and I always try to keep this in mind when things are a bit tougher.
+ We have just run out the potatoes that we harvested back in March. I bought a bag of potatoes from the shop last week, and we don’t like them! After the tasty, smooth, beautiful home grown potatoes, these taste and feel like starchy gloop. We harvested about 50kg of potatoes, though we did have to give some to the pigs because they were no good, and I cannot believe we have got through all of them so quickly. Hopefully next year we will have even more – I definitely need a bigger pantry!!
+ I read this post on the blog Think Banned Thoughts about childhood and the perception of safety. I guess I consider myself to be free range in my parenting. Certainly I want my kids to grow up into independent, capable adults, and I believe the best way to do this is to allow them freedom and opportunity to learn new skills and be independent (I was like this before we moved to the farm too).
Unfortunately when the media makes such a hype about the extremely rare, awful things that do happen, it is so easy to get sucked into believing that the rare things are happening all the time. The media runs program after program infer to parents that they are bordering on negligent if they don’t closely supervise every waking moment of their child’s life. I do wonder whether when we try to ‘protect’ our children too much, we are really just doing it to make ourselves as adults feel ‘in control’ and comfortable, rather that doing what is best for our children. Growing up is about learning to manage risks. Kids will make mistakes sometimes, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t allow them to have a try at new things. What do you think about free range parenting?
+ Country Boy has been working on a new enormous vegetable garden. I think he is getting some rather big plans together. He, Toby, and Meg have been out there on and off all week getting it ready for planting. I will bring you some pictures and an update of his plans for the garden once I know what they are! What I do know is that we had trouble keeping up with the produce from our gardens last year, so I have no idea what we will do with the extra produce this year!
+ We are off to the South Coast for a couple of nights of rest and relaxation (hopefully). I may or may not blog from there – depending on how I feel.
Happy Friday Everyone!