Today two of my kids are stepping onto a bigger stage than they are used to – the CO Cross Country champs.
I’m excited for them. This is the real stuff, not just running around the school, or running around the green-ways, this is farmland, mud, hills, thistles. This is the style of cross country that was normal for me as a kid. Things are more watered down now, and the land isn’t available, and the opportunity to rough it with running no longer a priority with all the organization that schools would have to put into it.
Today they get to experience the good stuff. The bus has left, the kids are in their sports uniforms, and the sun is shining. In about an hour they will be walking the course, and building anticipation. I will head out to watch and to take photos – the opportunity to fall in mud is high, and I reminisce about losing a shoe in mud one year when I was 9 years old.
Stepping onto a bigger stage is always a fantastic opportunity to see how your children cope. You can really learn some important things about your child. I’m a huge advocate of ‘knowing your child’ and the big stage is more than just an opportunity for the kids to shine, it’s an opportunity for you to learn about your child.
How is their energy?
How are they coping with the anticipation?
Are the enjoying themselves?
The answers to these questions can help you know where your child needs more support, sometimes day-to-day living can be bland and un-challenging, so we can’t always be sure where our support is needed.
Of course I’ll be jumping up and down on the sideline too, making sure that I enjoy myself, and show my support and enthusiasm for their efforts today.
Time to go and be a ‘mum’ on the sideline cheering.