Being a working parent who works with 30 odd other parents, how on earth can we fit our leave into a 6 week period, they will end up not employing mums....... this country is becoming so dictatorial. Corrina B.

Two Different Scenarios

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This September brings me two different scenarios.  The first is my Son entering his last year at High School.  The second is my daughter starting her new academic year.

Son:

The stark reality of my son entering year 11.  In reality the last ten months of School based education…but legally the last eleven months!  He must not leave the school until that final date!

My son taps gleefully at his much improved attendance percentage, with a cheeky sideways grin as we sit at a school careers function.  He knows as well as I know that this academic year we will not be taking up opportunities of a bit of travel that come our way during school time, (and possibly extending this rule into school holidays).  This is the year we have been building up to.  This is the year that I have put all my efforts into since the day my son was born.

Since the age of 11 I have held my fingers crossed that he gets through his High School education without surgery.  He has a pre bowel cancer condition.  The last colonoscopy showed that his polyp growth and size is still within the ‘safe’ range. We no longer have to worry about the clash of complete bowel removal (and that impact on overall health), puberty and GCSE’s.  Phew!  Hopefully we can still aim for the age of 19 before surgery.

As a mother my focus has been to give my children global perspective, confidence, empathy, motivation, aspiration and yes, formal education.  I view it that formal education is limited without the other ingredients.  Education is nothing but a flat solid cake without a mix and dash of various ingredients, air and heat to create the perfect chemical reaction to bring a smile to most people’s faces at parties, lunch times and café meet ups.

I want to give my children the opportunity to enter into adult life with a zest and a passion in their work.  I would like them to have the gift of good work/life/family balance.

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