My Captured Moment, Exams

As I write my captured moment today I am feeling a little sick, my gorgeous boy is sitting his first ever mock exam. I mean wow, where has the time gone. In know I am like a broken record aren’t I, but as he wandered down the drive today to get onto the school bus he looked so grown up.

He is so much taller than me now; in fact he towers over me! Yet he is still our baby, our firstborn. My lovely mum is always saying parenting gets harder the older your kids get. When they were younger I always thought she was mad.And whilst in so many ways life is so much easier, our boys are wonderful, they are so easy to parent! !

My Captured Moment, Exams

But the milestones seem bigger; the stakes seem so much higher. And so very much of it is out of our control. I know Jack has been revising and going to extra revision classes at lunchtime, and after school. He seems to be taking the rest of his life seriously thank goodness. He is clear what he wants to do with his life, but maybe not so clear on how he will get there.

Education seems so uncertain these days, colleges seem more bothered about facts and figures than individual students, teachers are under so much pressure to perform, where does this leave the students? This really worries me. Or is it just about finding the right college? Is an apprenticeship the way forward, it may take longer but learning from an expert who has a vested interest in your success seems more logical? The thing is, with a little guidance and support from us it has to be Jacks decision. And today is the first step of the next stage of Jacks life whether we are ready for it or not.

This time next year he will be applying for a driving license, and I will be out padding all the dry stone walls in the village with foam just in case, wouldn’t that be wonderful a lovely padded world for a nearest and dearest.

Good luck Jack, and make the most of this, keep your head down, carry on working hard because these next couples of years are investments on the rest of you life. Have fun, but focus too.

 

Running in Lavender

30 Comments

  1. 17th March 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Good luck Jack! This is the second mock exam post I’ve seen today and it’s stirred up some strange feelings for me: memories of my own experience all those years ago and how important it was for me; and then the realisation that it’s going to come around all too soon for my two. But level with me, parenting does get easier, doesn’t it?!? 😉 #mycapturedmoment

    • SarahJChristie
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      17th March 2016 / 7:35 pm

      Ha ha Claire so much easier, they boys are generally so chilled and very independent to yes I can 100% say it gets easier x

  2. 17th March 2016 / 1:25 pm

    Bless you the stakes really do get higher the further they go from you in physical and metaphorical terms. I bet he’ll do brilliantly though x

    • SarahJChristie
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      17th March 2016 / 7:36 pm

      Ah thanks Helen, yes its like it happens all of a sudden, I suppose Jack grew up at 10 and diagnosis bless him ,we are so proud of him x

  3. 17th March 2016 / 1:52 pm

    Good luck, Jack! They really do grow up too fast! The picture is incredible by the way – he does look very grown up. Our little girl is turning 4 next week and these four years have definitely been the quickest of my life. She will start school in September and you do worry, don’t you? Do we choose the school that is nearest to our house, the one where all her friends are going to or the one with the best Ofsted report? These are all important decisions that will have an impact on the rest of her life. #MyCapturedMoment

    • SarahJChristie
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      17th March 2016 / 7:37 pm

      Heidi I remember getting so stressed over primary School, then secondary school now I am on colleges arghhh how did that happen x

  4. 17th March 2016 / 5:39 pm

    This is lovely, Sarah. I saw a friend with 2 little ones, and she said how much easier it was now her kids were 1 and almost 3. I told her to enjoy the easiness, as they grow the challenges of parenting them just grow! So glad yours are easy to parent, and Im with you on that soft padded world!

    Good luck in the exam! #mycapturedmoment

    • SarahJChristie
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      17th March 2016 / 7:38 pm

      Ha ha yes would it be great Megan, a lovely padded world, but yes every day still brings a new challenge as easy as they are x

  5. 17th March 2016 / 6:35 pm

    Good luck Jack, you can do it!!! Oh Sarah I nodded the whole way through this post – I know exactly how you are feeling. I wrote a post a week or so ago about how I have found parenting harder as the girls have gotten older. We have to trust that we have guided them in the best way we could have, and now it’s for them to make their own decisions and do it their way, the hardest thing ever! (Don’t even think about if/when he goes to uni at 18) lots of love to you both xxx

    • SarahJChristie
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      17th March 2016 / 7:41 pm

      Thanks Lisa, i know uni! its funny how challenges change and it is more worries of the world around us than the boys as they get older x

  6. 18th March 2016 / 8:23 am

    Oh good luck Jack!! I can’t even begin to imagine how I’ll feel when the girls get to this stage. I remember my mum telling me that it was so much more stressful when your kids go through their exams. This is a gorgeous picture of your beautiful young man.

    Thank you so much for linking up to #mycapturedmoment xx

    • SarahJChristie
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      19th March 2016 / 8:08 pm

      Ah thanks Heledd, I know I don’t feel they quite grasp the enormity of it all, which I suppose is a blessing as the last thing I want is him getting too stressed x

    • SarahJChristie
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      19th March 2016 / 8:08 pm

      Ah thanks Karen, I know I am biased xx

  7. 18th March 2016 / 11:42 am

    Gosh it’s quite late in the day to be taking mocks isn’t it? Bless him. I guess he’s in year 11 too. It’s tough isn’t it? I’m finding it so hard, watching my eldest grow up. She’s finding it all very stressful this year but has finally started some revision for the actual GCSEs so all is good!

    • SarahJChristie
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      19th March 2016 / 8:10 pm

      No Suzanne he is year 10 but they sit some early and he is sitting Spanish in a year, I think it is sort of pre GCSE mocks its all very confusing these days isn’t it?

  8. 18th March 2016 / 12:06 pm

    Such a beautiful post and a beautiful photo. I can so relate! My son is doing his year 10 exams at the moment. It’s the first time he’s had to work under exam conditions and the first time he’s actually done any revision. We are starting to think about his future now and it all seems very big and scary!

    • SarahJChristie
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      19th March 2016 / 8:11 pm

      Sarah thats what Jack is doing year 10 exams, yes it is all so scary isnt it, so many big life altering decisions. But like I keep telling him there is room to change and alter choices and this stage x

  9. 18th March 2016 / 3:22 pm

    Hi Sarah, I totally agree with your Mum! Parenting a child of any age is always hard and as they learn to take responsibility for themselves, we have to learn to let them.

    I love the stern expression on your sons face. It looks like Mu maybe bother him, just a tad (I know I do it myself sometimes). Not sure of bubble wrap would be better then foam, I let you go first as over here youngsters can go for their driving test at 18, so I have just under two years to go.

    Hope all the studying pays off!

    xx

    • SarahJChristie
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      19th March 2016 / 8:14 pm

      Yes Debbie you are so right, and yes bubble wrap is a great option ha ha, I am dreading the driving but Jack is just besides himself with excitement x

  10. 18th March 2016 / 3:23 pm

    Good luck to Jack with all of his exams. My son is getting ready for his SATS which I am dreading, I hope all goes well x #MyCapturedMoment

    • SarahJChristie
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      19th March 2016 / 8:15 pm

      Ah I remember the days of Jacks sats, Joe has that to come next year, there is so much pressure on them isn’t there Kirsty x

  11. 18th March 2016 / 7:54 pm

    Oh what a FAB post. I feel nervous too! Hope he was OK. Exams are stressful and I imagine very much so for parents too. Lovely photo xx

    • SarahJChristie
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      19th March 2016 / 8:16 pm

      Jess he seems to be taking it all in his stride so we will see if this approach is good for him when he gets his results. But he is revising so fingers crossed x

  12. 19th March 2016 / 3:07 pm

    What a beautiful photo. Really seems to capture him – it’s so natural. (And I hope his mock exam went well!)
    #mycapturedmoment

    • SarahJChristie
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      19th March 2016 / 8:19 pm

      Ah thank you, yes it does catch how thoughtful he can be sometimes, they seem to have gone ok but only the results will tell us that I suppose x

  13. 20th March 2016 / 8:23 pm

    What a handsome young man he is and I wish him all the luck in the world for his mocks. I am guessing this will be us in a few years time. Its funny as Morgan keeps asking lots of questions about university at the moment. Parenting is such a learning curve, especially when they get to teens and know their own mind x

    • SarahJChristie
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      21st March 2016 / 8:48 pm

      I know its so hard knowing what best for them, I ma trying to back of a bit and let him decide for himself but its so hard x

  14. 3rd May 2016 / 5:14 pm

    i firmly told the youngest who is now 17 i won’t be indulging him with a driving licence as he is the youngest of 5 and i cannot accept he is almost an adult

    • SarahJChristie
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      3rd May 2016 / 10:14 pm

      Ha ha I know exactly what you mean, it is too scary isn’t it? x

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