Living arrows 2017 – 10/52


Rhys will be 6 in a couple of month’s time, and I’m finding that we’re moving on to a new stage of this parenting malarkey.

And I feel slightly out of my depth if I’m honest.

I feel quite comfortable with being a mum to a baby, and a toddler, and even a preschooler.  I’m not saying I’m an expert by any means, but I’m quite comfortable with that role.

But this new stage is tricky and I’m still learning how to navigate it.

Rhys is starting to be more aware of the world around him, and about life and death and everything in between.  And with that awareness comes fear and anxiety and questions that can’t always be answered.

One of his big worries at the moment is making mistakes.  He needs a lot of reassurance at the moment that it’s ok to get things wrong; that a lot of the time the way we learn is through trying and making mistakes.

And I’m really pleased that he seems to be taking this on board.  And his worries aren’t stopping him from giving things a go.


Yesterday we finally had a break in the rain and made the most of it with a trip to Brynmill park.

And we took scooters with us.  Nerys had a brand new one for her birthday and is already a pro at it.

Rhys has had a proper grown up looking scooter for a while, but has barely used it as he’s struggled in the past to balance on it.  But he decided he wanted to give it another go yesterday.  And he wibbled and he wobbled, but he kept trying.  And by the end of our second lap of the park he was so much more confident.

He was so happy, enjoying learning this new skill.  And we were so proud watching him.

I definitely don’t have all the answers yet, and I’m not sure how we’ll make our way through this stage.  But hopefully with a good dose of perseverance we’ll get there!

 Living Arrows


  1. Mammy 06/03/2017 / 7:29 pm

    Bless him. …and you two for encouraging him.

  2. Laura - Dear Bear and Beany 06/03/2017 / 10:40 pm

    Thats great that he wanted to give it ago and kept going until he was confident. Great photo x #Living Arrows

  3. Donna 08/03/2017 / 10:56 pm

    I am so not ready to have answers – I have none. I am very much winging it and if six os the age the questions come then I only have a few months left! x

    • This glorious life
      09/03/2017 / 9:50 pm

      I take comfort in the fact that I’m pretty sure we’re all just winging it! Rhys isn’t quite 6 yet, so the questions may come sooner than you think, sorry about that! x

  4. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons 09/03/2017 / 12:43 pm

    Determination and persistence are such good traits to have – well done him! I know exactly what you mean about that next stage, I was thinking this morning how I’m really comfortable being mum to a toddler – I can handle the tantrums, I can answer the questions, I actually really love this stage. Once the questions get a bit harder and the emotions get more difficult I think I’ll be much more out of my depth. #livingarrows

    • This glorious life
      09/03/2017 / 9:48 pm

      I really do feel out of my depth at the moment if I’m honest. I wasn’t expecting these big questions quite so soon! It is making me cherish the stage Nerys is at right now though! x

  5. Sherry 12/03/2017 / 7:22 am

    Being a parent is great when they master things and need your encouragement, it gives me the most sense of pride when they achieve something you’ve persevered with them. He is sure looking grown up #LivingArrows

  6. Pat - white camellias 12/03/2017 / 4:37 pm

    I feel the same about my boy but he is not 5 yet. He had been asking about death recently and he is really worried about angels and I honestly have no idea what to tell him! It’s good he still wants to try things though and I’m sure he was more confident once he did well on the scooter too. One day at the time (that’s what I keep telling myself) #livingarrows

  7. Mudpie Fridays 12/03/2017 / 10:44 pm

    It’s funny you get use to dealing with one age and the challenges and then just as you feel comfortable something changes. I have no idea what we will do at this age. It sounds like he’s doing great and you’ve got it under control xx #LivingArrows

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