It gets a bit repetitive sometimes, saying how proud I am of my children, but sometimes it just needs saying.
Today is a good example: the Lovely Melanie went to Millie’s parents’ evening – her first one in her new class – and it was all good. 😀
First of all, Millie’s not top of her class but neither is she at the bottom, she’s doing respectably well somewhere in the middle. Considering the start she had in life, and considering she’s effectively a year younger than most of her classmates, this would be a triumph on it’s own. But there’s more.
The Lovely Melanie, ever mindful of the effects that being born at just 26 weeks and 1lb 7oz can have on a child’s development, mentioned to her teachers that should Millie need special tuition or help then we would be cool with that.
They replied that children in the class who need such help already get it – and Millie doesn’t need it
They then went on to say that she was quote a model pupil unquote, always well-behaved and friendly.
Things got a bit out of hand then, however, when these two battle-hardened veterans of the primary school system told us what an adorable little girl our daughter is!
But the icing on the cake for me was being told that, one, Miliie’s love of books is “palpable”, which is not unexpected given the kind of home she comes from, but also, two, that she’s forever asking questions.
Now that’s the kind of thing that, IMHO, will make you smart in the long run: ask questions, keep asking questions and never be frightened or ashamed to ask questions. Questions get you answers.
I’d love to think this questioning spirit is down to our influence, too, because we’ve made a point of never *ever* being too busy to answer questions from our girls, of never brushing them off or shushing them.
So tonight, once again, we are EXTREMELY proud of our Millie.