This is as it should be and I don’t take for granted how lucky I am that they are healthy and happy enough to take us for granted. We didn’t have children in the hope of keeping them in primary school forever or permanently squabbling around the kitchen table
We live in a culture that celebrates (and demands) an extreme dedication to work - where family time, hobbies, relaxation and even sleep are considered fair sacrifices to ensure we operate effectively in our professional lives.
She left primary school with top grades in her SATS but with her spirit broken. Even so, she found the courage and determination to be optimistic about her secondary school. This would surely be different?
We all have an inner critic just waiting to spring to life as soon as we come up with an interesting idea or goal that we would like to achieve. As a therapist, I am certainly not immune to this inner critic and can find myself in the trap of questioning my intentions,...