Something wonderful happened this week, on many many levels. I was invited to take part in a secret santa style scooter swap a while back with Amanda of UK Lifestyle and Travel blog The Ana Mum Diary. This week it arrived. But there is much more to it than that.
I found making this video of my son testing out the Micro MX Trixx Scooter, therapeutic. Amanda knows how tough I find the school run. She has a wilful 5 year old, and a dog, she needed a scooter too, but for herself. You can see the scooter I sent Amanda, over on her blog, The Ana Mum Diary.
The whole MX range has been designed in conjunction with pro stunt riders and Micro engineers to provide the very best in style and substance for children and adults aged 5+
The school run doesn’t have to be that stressful, as any good grandparent will tell you, if you have all the time in the world, any child can be a delight. My kids are on a split site and we have fifteen minutes to get between infants and juniors twice a day, so it can be hell. Since my son’s Micro Scooter was stolen, we’ve been using a large two pronged scooter which although great fun at the park, isn’t that practical for winding around buggies, other kids, the dog and old ladies doing their shopping on the high street.
I don’t have the most ‘compliant’ child, I’ve analysed it over and over, been made to feel bad enough over the years. It’s not about bad behaviour or bad parenting. It’s not because we don’t have rules or boundaries or consequences. I remind myself of the positives, these children who will say ‘boo to a goose’ and sometimes worse (See ya suckers, Hello Audience, are the ones we are working with right now) are going to be the people who stand their ground in the future, all the qualities we try to squash in them now make for excellent politicians, campaigners, leaders, innovators, all round assertive, confident and happy adults.
If we respect their drive and their desires now, if we protect their right to access what they hope for, they will grow up to respect others and to defend the rights of others.
Lulastic Blog, post linked to below.
There have been some difficult moments on the school run, I guess if you are lucky to have a child who is naturally compliant, then a child who waves sticks, who blocks the pavement to hug the dog, who thrashes and lashes out when tired and hungry, is just one more obstacle.
Well that’s how the school run makes me feel some days, like an obstacle. I have to put on some padding and get prepared…like G with his knee pads here.
After half a term of it, I started to feel pretty ground down by it all. So I stopped clock watching on that impossible 15 minute dash between schools, and focussed on making our own way. Some days we are a little late, some days we stop to help others having a bad morning. Many days we sail through without incident. We are happier.
I read a lovely post about allowing children’s urges to bloom over on Lulastic this morning. G is full of urges he can’t resist, urges that stop the flow of school run traffic. But stick him on a scooter and he is awesome. He has amazing control, spacial awareness.
He loved this shiny helmet as much as the scooter itself, look at that beaming reflection.
When I see my boy here, he is happy and free and smiling, with room to manoeuvre. Not crushed in a bottle neck of school raging parents and children. Keen to try new things, to test his limits and feel the wind in his hair.
I think the scooter will make lighter work of the school run and given time he will master some stunts. Right now he is so excited to feel like he has a grown up scooter. Thank you Amanda, an excellent choice. He loves the bell especially and the light up blue Scoot Beamz is a great addition now the clocks have gone back. You can see my review of Scoot Beamz here.
So all that’s left is to see him in action…