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50 shades of Kidlet

October 23, 2012 in Kidlet & Me

This was fun. Made these billboards of Tash on the Photofunia app on the iPad but you can do it on their website too.

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Out family tea was rain checked on Saturday literally as the weatherman predicted rain. As it turned out he was wrong but we are going this coming Saturday instead. On Sunday we met mom at the Noordehoek farm village for brunch and then Tash and I came home and spent a quiet afternoon reading and chilling. It was so lovely just to spend quiet time together.

We’ve been sparring a lot recently. Everything seems to turn into a negotiation or flat out refusal on her part. I say black, she says white. It’s exhausting! It’s such a tough place to be keeping the boundaries in place while allowing her some independence and choices.

I’m living in a constant state of teen tween mood ambiguity. She’s sweet and challenging, flexible and stubborn, helpful and lazy, kind and otherwise, loving and obstinate, clever and purposely obtuse, independent and vulnerable.

From one moment to the next I’m not quite sure if I’ll get Sweet Tash or Tween Tash? Navigating these shades of grey is a whole new parenting journey.

All tips welcome.

We’re talking high school already!

June 13, 2012 in Kidlet & Me, School etc, Ten on Tuesday

I had a whole “Ten on Tuesday” post in my head last night and then tried to access my blog from my browser favourites only to realise the format was being changed over!  Hello WordPress!  Now to navigate and play here a bit to personalise it all. Change is as good as a holiday.

Tash has had quite a few exam marks back already.  She’s done great in Maths and Xhosa, in fact, she got 96% for the latter.  History was a little disappointing as I know she knew her work, but it didn’t translate in the exam.  Afrikaans was Hero & Zero.  She did really well in the “Taal” section and totally bombed in the “Begrip” so hopefully it evens out well to a good pass.  They still need to add all the term assessments and projects in but I feel she’s done well enough for her high school application.  Eeeep! Can you believe we are starting to talk high school already!

My friend F was fantastic in helping her prepare for all her exams, particularly Maths and I’m so grateful she was able to help out.  I can really see the difference it has made.  With me working full day, she usually only gets to study when we get home.  Considering she’s at school from just after 7am and we only get home around 6pm, sometimes 6.30pm, you can understand that more arguments than learning happen as she’s tired by then.  Being able to study in the afternoons has made a HUGE difference to both our lives.

We all need angels like this in our lives.