Happy Monday and Happy summer holidays!
Schools are off for 6 weeks and my imagination is working harder than ever to entertain my little star before we set off to Spain for a break… So far, we have built a swing from my old scarves, which hangs from the “pull-ups” bar in the living room doorway (I have a feeling it may be there all summer), and a “den” that I am not allowed to dismantle and must sit in it at night with a torch and tell her stories (also using my imagination)… Don’t you just love kids? So creative and pure, full of curiosity and eagerness to understand things…
I am so lucky that my little monkey is all about sport and fun activities and I’m really lucky she’s not into any computer games, iPad games, Barbie dolls (I was never a fan myself) or TV. She does like to go out to cafes and restaurants (like me), but she doesn’t like shopping (sad face) although her love for sushi usually works as a little bribe for some shopping for mummy plus mummy likes sushi too… Sounds like a perfect day out right?
I love seeing other mums and their kids having fun and doing something different without worrying too much about what others think… We’re too concerned in our society about the noises we make in public places, what movements we make in front of others or what we say to our kids in front of other people… Kids sense everything and it’s our actions that shape their future, so it’s important to remind ourselves that it’s ok to be different and confident in the things we want to do and how we’d like to express them…
Style, for instance is a great way to allow our kids to express themselves from an early age, but a lot of that comes down to us, parents. We, as parents are used to be doing everything for our kids and I don’t think that desire or habit will ever stop, however it’s important to let them be more creative with their outfits and let them pick their clothes themselves for different occasions. Don’t just leave them to it, but get involved – ask questions about their favourite colours and why they like what they’ve picked… Kids love questions and the more they think about what they do and why – the better… What happens with my girl (8) is that she realised I trust her and support her with her choices, even though sometimes they’re not the ones I’d make, however, she knows I’ll always approve of them and that her opinion matters, which she’s always free to express. It’s also OK express your opinion to them, as they need to learn to accept and respect it as early as possible, but the more we let them make their own rational decisions based on pros and cons we’ve given them, the smarter they become and with that there’s indescribable cuteness …
I know it’s only a clothes example, but in reality this is a huge foundation for a closer relationship with our children and also their future as confident young individuals in every aspect of their life…
This is just a little secret I have learnt and wanted to share with you!
Hope you have a great week and hope you like my laser and lace outfit!
Skirt – Dorothy Perkins c/o St. Enoch Centre (first seen here)
Lace Tee – ZARA, old (similar here)
Shoes – Hobbs (first worn here)
Sunglasses – H&M (love these)
Bag – Vintage (similar)
Watch – c/o Hoodboyz (last worn here)
Colour reel bracelet – Lola & Grace c/o House of Fraser
Studded Ring – c/o Lola & Grace
Flower ring – H&M (similar here)