So Little Miss 11 is now in High School in Year 7.
And I think like many other kids who enter High School, or perhaps its the transition from a single stream to a large high school with many new opportunities, she wants to try nearly EVERYTHING! Yep, she’s actually volunteering and trying out for soooo many things it’s as if the world is going to end tomorrow!
I think it’s fantastic – of course we’re making sure she doesn’t get burnt out and I’m sure the enthusiasm will drop after a while, but it’s so amazing to see your child take that step growth in confidence.
I’m currently reading a book about staying connected to your teenager, and it mentions the “two” people in your teenager – the “child” that you probably see at home, and the emerging “adult” that as a parent you don’t see much, but it’s the one that’s developing at school, etc.
And last night, we had yet another glimpse at the “adult”.
Little Miss 11’s high school was organising a talent night, something like X-Factor, or Australia’s Got Talent. And Little Miss 11, in her year of trying everything, signed up!
The first we heard about it was two nights ago, when she told us to come watch her perform her duet the next night (last night).
Immediately my helicopter parent questions started nagging at me – What the?! Duet? Who is she singing with? Does she know the other girl? What are they singing? Why is she singing? Have they practised? I haven’t heard her practise at home? Will she be OK on stage? Does she have a backing track?
But Wifey reminded me to back off – I need to learn to let go. Little Miss 11 can handle herself, or at least, needs to learn to handle herself.
So last night we turned up at the school, I’m a little anxious. We walk in and the whole auditorium of ~400 seats was full! OMG!!!!!! And not just of random parents, but mostly students, her friends, her peers!
Little Miss 11 did go on stage, and sang really well with confidence! It was so cute, she was soo small, compared to the older high school kids.
When she and her friend finished, the auditorium of school girls all erupted with huge applause, and that was the immense confidence boost that she needed.
Her act didn’t win – but that didn’t matter at all. I’m most proud of her actually just signing up and having the guts to follow through! I think I would have pulled out once I saw the crowd there.
All the way home and whilst downing some supper at home last night, she couldn’t stop talking about it. All this from someone who is usually now subdued or answering in monosyllabic grunts.
The ups and downs of kids growing up…