Now You Are 11

Now you are 11, how things have changed!

You’re moving on to high school this year but I can still remember your first day of pre-school.

You clung to me like a baby koala and cried every time I left you, for most of the year. 

Now when I drop you off outside school you casually say goodbye and nonchalantly wave, hardly glancing back.

You used to follow me around the house like a little shadow. 

These days, I need to holler loudly to get your attention and rouse you from the wonders of Youtube.

You used to hold my hand all the time.

Now it’s a rare treat when you slip your hand in mine, but when it happens… literally makes my whole body smile, like when the sun peeps out from behind a cloud.

You used to make me feel like a super hero, every little thing I did was a wonder to you.

Now you dispute, argue and correct my endeavours.

But even though you are becoming more independent and less interested in my company, in many ways, you’ll need me more than ever over the next phase of your life.

Of course, you’ll pretend you don’t need me at all.

There’s a good chance you’ll become moody and sullen. You might say awful things you don’t mean.

 But I’m going to make a promise to you now my lovely boy.

I promise that no matter how much of a sulky teen you become, I’ll always love you unconditionally.

Whatever mischief or trouble you get yourself into, you can tell me.

If something or someone is making you unhappy, I want to know.

If I ever lose you for a while, my doors and arms will always be open to welcome you back.

I will celebrate your successes and I’ll throw my arms around you when life gets tough.

There’s going to be many wonderful ups and inevitably one or two downs but whatever life throws at you…..

I’ll always be there.









  1. 19th January 2017 / 2:43 pm

    What a lovely post! I had to read it because my daughter turns 11 in a couple of months. I can so relate to the hand holding thing – it makes me sad that she doesn’t hold my hand any more and, on the rare occasions when she does I’m so happy!
    Here’s hoping the teenage years aren’t too rocky for the two of you.

    • 19th January 2017 / 8:50 pm

      Thank you Sarah. Isn’t it a funny time? I find myself feeling rather nostalgic at times as I can feel him slipping further away from me emotionally. Hope your daughter has a fab birthday. x

  2. 19th January 2017 / 3:22 pm

    What a gorgeous photo of you and your boy! Happy 11th Birthday to Seb. You will inevitably have ups and downs but I do agree that children need you more than ever when they get into the secondary school years – perhaps more in the background but the challenges are greater. x

    • 19th January 2017 / 8:49 pm

      Aw hello lovely, thanks for your comment. I know you understand more than anyone Suzanne. My boy is naturally outgoing but very sensitive too, so I know they’ll be many hurdles for us to negotiate together. x

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