Every Thursday at school, the year 6 children have a lacrosse lesson in the afternoon and today, parents have been invited to join in. Katie is devastated. As you may, or may not know, I consider myself a supportive parent. In my eyes attending school events, performances and sports activites is an important part of parenting. (Obviously if life allows - I don't want to be lynched by all the parents that work full-time!)
How often are we smacked in the face by the media and childcare experts, telling us that parental support is vital to helping our kids become confident and happy. We need to spend time with them, giving hugs and reassuring the child they are loved and we are proud of what they are doing. These people have obviously not met my daughter.
I will hold my hands up, I can be a bit loud - but never in a horrid way (I hope) - up until very recently this wasn't a problem. Katie telling her friends 'It's okay, my Mum will help/chaperone/give a lift/attend.... ' etc. She has been quite happy, until today.
On Tuesday it was Katie's lacrosse team's Christmas party. The coach was talking to Katie about parents coming and about what she had planned, but Katie was still adamant that I shouldn't attend. However, in the end she conceeded (due to guilt) that I could 'watch only' if I really had to be there.
This morning I was told she would ask in the playground which other parents were going and that she would text me to let me know if I could go or not. No text message meant that I couldn't go.
It is now 10 o'clock and I am sat here staring at my phone. Yes, it is still connected, but no - I haven't received my text. It seems that it is now official. I am not allowed to go and have been deemed an embarrassment. When did that happen?