Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie is all about friendship, imagination, laughter and creativity! As the school holidays and the festive season approach, all of these things have been on my mind. It can seem at times during the school year that our kids are in need of some good old fashioned silliness! There is so much to learn, the routine, pressure and expectation can be overwhelming some days. Perfectly timed with the holidays is the release of Captain Underpants on Blu-ray and DVD. Inspired by George and Harold’s friendship, and having devoured all of the books, my 8 year old reluctant reader has been captivated by this story.
My boy recently turned 8. It was quite possibly the most emotional of his birthdays for me, and I have been wondering why ever since. It felt like a bigger milestone than the others, although 8 is not considered a traditional ‘coming of age’? The soft blonde hairs on the back of his neck, the strength in his legs and his will have all become more noticeable. At times his emotions still overwhelm him, and he still sucks his thumb a little at night or when super tired. Is he really a big boy now?
Parenting Is … a loaded topic in this day and age (especially here on the interwebs)! Dare I go there? I go everywhere else so why not. Parenting is actually really hard for me. There, I am putting it out there. I am putting it out there bravely, openly and honestly, the same way I put everything out there! Parenting is at once my greatest joy and my greatest challenge. It is complex despite my yearnings for simplicity. It is a process of joy, grief, joy, grief, aha moment. There is so much to learn, about parenting itself, and about ourselves.