Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Spending time with family

Sometimes the best gift you can give a child is being around their family at ChristmasChristmas is a time for being with family and having fun, and that is certainly what we have done over the past few days. Our daughter has since Saturday seen her Great Nan (or G Nanny as we call her as she is rather cool!!), both sets of Grand parents and some of her cousins. The best thing though is her having quality time with Daddy. She has asked for him several times today but alas, he was back at work!!

It is really lovely to see how excited she gets when we tell her who we are going to see. Hearing her chant "Nanna, Grandad and Grandma" in the car on the way there is lovely. She even calls for her Aunty even when we are not even going to see her, and we have to tell her "not today!!"

The Queen mentioned the importance of family in her Christmas speech this year, underlining how they can provide strength during times of hardship. We all have hardship within our families no matter who we are, and however hard things may be, just forgetting things for one day a year can make such a difference. It also shows our children unity and how being a family can make you feel safe and at ease. It is great how even though we do not visit her G Nanny too often, she immediately felt at ease and made herself comfortable, exploring her surroundings, whereas in some other places it takes quite a while for her to settle.

I feel that children learn first and foremost from the family life they lead. They begin to understand the rules of conversation, how to behave in certain situations and most of all respect. This is something I have noticed is lacking with some children in our society, but I believe I learnt respect from my family bonds and especially from my parents.

I leave you with a quote to get you thinking..................

“Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations. All this is put in your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it on to your children.” - Albert Einstein

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