One big roller coaster. That’s how my mum and dad describe our lives over the past 12 months.
It started when my grandma and 3-year old uncle were badly burned when our house caught fire. The good news is that they are now both doing great. You would hardly know it happened. A month later my grandfather had a stroke. He’s already back at work. Then my parents split up, but have done it with good grace and commitment to me, making sure I spend time with both of them. And the year ended on a high when I got to watch mum overcome all this worry and graduate from high school, a proud day for all of us.
It seems that resilience might be a family trait.
One of the long-term goals of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children is to see what it takes to develop resilience in a child. The scientists already know that one of the attributes that help resilience is being an easy-going, happy and likeable kid who’s good at attracting the kind of behaviour from adults that supports their wellbeing. I just might fit that bill.
In Life at 3, watch how I cope with the controlled chaos of my week where I move between childcare, time with mum, dad, grandparents and young uncles and aunts.
|Sleep||Wants to sleep with mum - hogs the bed all night|
|Toilet training||Only 1 accident so far|
|Tantrums||Only when he doesn’t get lollies|
|Talking||Never shuts up !|
|Breastfeeding/bottle||Bottle moving onto the cup|
|Eating||Fussy eater only wants lollies|
|Who looks after me?||Mum and dad and daycare|
|One line description||A little smarty pants|