I have a feeling this summer is going to fly by.
Last week was pretty much all about Rhys doing his diving course with his swimming school. It was an hour a day for four days and it was amazing to watch him progress over that time. He wasn’t quite diving by the end of it, but came on so much and it did a lot of good for his confidence too.
Confidence and bravery was actually a bit of an ongoing theme for us last week.
One afternoon we went to Cwmdonkin park for a play, and both children spent a fair bit of time on the wooden climbing frame. This particular climbing frame is quite tricky to navigate and is really quite high up in places.
Rhys really wanted to make his way round the whole thing but kept telling me that he was scared of being so high up.
So I told him a few times, that it’s ok to feel scared. That being brave isn’t about not feeling scared at all, it’s about doing the thing you want to do even though it scares you.
And this right here is the fierce face of a little boy who was brave. Who faced his fear. Who conquered that climbing frame in style.
Of course, not to be outdone by her big brother, Nerys got up there in the thick of it too.
She is so determined this one.
So keen to prove that she can do anything Rhys can do.
It’s a funny thing being a parent.
We think that we’re the teachers, the ones passing on our knowledge and experience about the world. But honestly, I’m learning so much myself through being a mum. My children have taught me so much already, and seeing them tackle challenges is honestly quite inspiring at times.
Watching them both be so brave last week and push themselves to discover what they’re really capable of was just a great reminder to me that maybe I could do well to do the same myself a bit more often.