A Mothers Ramblings: Education - The Gallery

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Education - The Gallery

I am loving this weeks Gallery theme of Education. I was thinking about doing a year book, or even taking a picture of a brick wall (come on admit who got that reference in the comments so we can all laugh at those who didn't and feel old together) but in the end I decided that I wouldn't show *that* picture of me with the very short School Skirt (honestly I have no idea why my Mother let me wear it out, it was little more than a belt) and I am not going to show the picture of me with a perm either! Neither am I going to show the lovely picture of me and my sister that I carried around in my purse for years as it made a local shop keeper think I had children and sell me alcohol even though I wasn't Eighteen...
The Gallery Badge

Instead I am going to talk about education in general... You see whilst we all went to School, that isn't the only place that we get an education. Since having Top Ender and Baby Boy in my life I have learnt more about myself and what I want and need in my life than the entire time I was in full time education. And I have learnt a couple of needed skills as I will explain...

Don't get me wrong I loved school. I liked the order of time tabled lessons, the uniforms, the structure and the chance to learn something new everyday. I got on well with teachers and was clever enough that I didn't really need to make much of an effort to be an average student. How I wish now I had applied myself, had revised, had listened when teachers told me they knew I could be better.

I went to University and enjoyed myself there so much although homesickness and worry about my Mum did kind of get in the way at first. Luckily my very handsome fiancĂ© was able to come and visit me a lot and I made some friends who at least one of still talks to me even if I don't get to talk to her as much I would like (Hi Tor!).

Mostly though, for me, Education is now something I think hard about. Pondering which is the best School, what is the best length of homework time, how much homework there should be, how best to help my children (Reading tips here, Maths tips here) and what not to say in the playground to make me look like a complete idiot (Yeah I know too late).

Education is something that I want Top Ender and Baby Boy to get the best of. I want them to enjoy it, to know that School is fun and that working hard is something I expect them to do as standard...

And if that has meant I have had to learn how to put plaits in Top Ender's hair so that she can go to school happy...

Top Ender with Plaits for School

Even if I prefer to do a simple half pony tail as they don't take as much effort to make look neat and fairly even...

Top Ender with a Half Pony Tail for School

Then so be it.