I had a conversation today which reminded me of something. My child is awesome. Genuinely. She’s the happiest, cheekiest, bubbliest little human I’ve ever met. I forget that sometimes. When she’s had a bad night and I’m tired and grumpy, when she’s teething and feeling miserable, and when I’m trying to clean up the chaos that is my home, I forget for a moment. But actually I shouldn’t.
We go to our gym, Virgin Active, several times a week, and we have done since I was pregnant. The staff there, most of whom I absolutely love to pieces, have seen Miss Rose develop from bump, to new born, to baby, to toddler. They are all absolutely certain that she is the happiest child they have ever come across.
I would like to be able to brag that they think that because of my superb parenting skills, but the fact I’m regularly screeching “oh god no!” Whilst pelting across the room to drag her away from whatever trouble she’s getting into suggests it’s not that at all. She’s just a super happy person.
Our gym is popular with parents. The staff are great with kids, there’s a crèche on site, and the membership costs for children are low. We see lots of children there on different days and have got to know some of them over the months. The fact that so many children go, and that the staff see them all a lot, suggests that they may well be right!
Of course… I don’t take her when she’s ill, I don’t take her when its 3am, and I don’t take her when she’s mid tantrum. What they get is a brief coffee long snap shot of my little monster when she’s in a place she loves with people she adores and about to do one of her favourite activities. The chances of her being ragey there are low.
That said, I’m going to go with it. Miss Rose is brilliant. She’s strong willed stroppy, naughty and demanding, but she’s amazing. Sometimes it takes an outsider to point out something that you know but sometimes lose sight of.
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