There are some big changes happening for our family this year.
The biggest is the huge step my girls will take from our small primary school, into a huge high school.
The leap from grade six to year seven seems like a huge one. Six weeks summer holidays doesn’t seem like nearly enough time to prepare for it.
There are many things to worry about, but also many things to look forward to.
Taking the bus to school, getting their own phones, making new friends, trying new things, homework, managing their time, learning new subjects, dance recitals, school musicals, media and design class.
I’m equal parts excited and petrified to see our girls take this next step and I think that sums up how they are feeling too.
But I’ve decided the best way to deal with it all is to build a place they can come home to.
I’m building a soft place for them to fall, because eventually, no matter how careful they are, or how much I worry, they will fall.
I’m building a quiet place for them to think, and work, and learn.
I’m building a team who will always support them, always help them, always tell them it will be ok, and always love them, no matter what.
I’m building a reliable place where someone will always answer the phone and always say ‘yes, I’ll listen, yes I’ll help, yes I’ll come and pick you up’.
I’m building a somewhere they can invite friends to, that will always have a snack to share and couch to sit on.
I’m building a place where they can ask for help.
I’m building a place for long chats and quiet cuddles.
I’m building a comfortable space where they can be themselves.
I’m building place where they can cry, and laugh, and worry, and relax, and be crazy, and roll their eyes, and do everything or nothing.
The best thing I can do, no matter how big they get, no matter where they end up, no matter what happens, is to build a place they can always come home to.
Have you got any big changes happening in your family this year?
How do you manage change?
How do you juggle letting your kids grow up while also keeping them close?