I watched in awe yesterday as my 12-year-old daughter earned enough money to buy all her Christmas presents by selling slime to fellow enthusiasts. I can now rest in the knowledge that this child will be able to go out into the world and make a good living.
I am not so sure about the other two. The unemployed 18-year-old continues to rush around pretending to do a lot while actually achieving nothing at all and the 16-year-old refuses to get a Saturday job because she has so much revision to do. I know these words may be music to some parents’ ears, but my second child is addicted to study, to the point where I fear she will disappear over the edge if ever a bad exam result comes her way.
One thing I have learnt though, is that you have to let them make their own way and this is why it thrills me to see my mini slime entrepreneur in action. I’d give her a job tomorrow.
I can’t say the slime event was the most exciting thing I’ve been to this year, but it was fun to spend some time alone with child 2. She was so pleased that I’d stepped into her world and couldn’t stop running through the highlights of the day as we chowed down on some of the best Thai food I’ve eaten in a long time.
I have a cold at the moment and am trying to fight it off with fresh juice, rest and positive thinking. Yesterday, I went for a kale, apple, pineapple, ginger and lime chaser and this morning, it was carrot, orange and ginger. I’d put so much ginger in, it nearly blew my head off.
There’s ballet in town this morning and then I am going to help child 2 tidy her bedroom. She is so overwhelmed by the mess, she cannot make a start, so I figure I ought to lend a hand. I’ve done okay in the mothering stakes this weekend, despite some arguments with the eldest. I’m doing alright, actually, no, I take that back – I am doing great!
I am the best mother I can be.