March already in a world that is spinning faster on its axis than ever before. Not actually true yet that’s the rush that surrounds parenting in 2017. Stop any parent at the school gate, sports stadium or Saturday traffic jam.
Tween One has reached the sky; we have seen him stretch tall to look over my head – the garden shed bears the tale-tell signs of pencil makings of a growing lad. He is relishing this lean languid of a new body.
Tween Two has also stepped into a new world of his self; new school–new friends–new routine. Exerting the rightfulness of independence, Tween Two has kicked away the ropes of primary school and enwrapped the offerings of high school tightly around his brave new world.
With this comes a change in parenting.
Turning to the bruised knees of growing, as parents we are sometimes left holding the forgotten lunch that likely wasn’t going to be eaten anyway. How – just when the parent ebb is low, the hackles are up and the family feels of a battleground – there is delight, laughter and the immense joy and living with those whose everyday is growing up.
I remember I’m more than a bystander.
We’ve been having some fun. Tween Two is stepping out into a new brave world.
As primary school comes to an end, Tween Two is looking ahead to high school—from 26 children to 170 boys—there is the delight of stepping into the mix of the masses; the diverse; and the languid.
With this gleeful insight, it’s hard not to check out of today and bide time.
I’ve been wanting to use Tween Two’s creativity and sense of adventure to keep him grounded to now, the present.
The solution? Add a start-up business into the mix. A trip to India last year sparked an interest in playing with fabrics, textures, colours and designs. From this tactile experience has developed a mother—son collaboration.
Brick Green Designs – a start-up that takes the beige out of boring and adds in pop, colour and design. We have worked together to develop designs and sourced manufacturers that align with our values. We have chosen fabrics that are produced without harming and adding more waste to the world.
Our launching platform is a crowdfunded kickstarter campaign to get our first commercial production off the ground.
Success or failure—it doesn’t matter.
It’s the chance to ignite the creative soul of Tween Two into something tangible, spending time together and leaning in to learn.
The gift as parents is to teach our children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning (Carol Dweck).
And that is what I hope I’m doing.
PS. If you want to travel the journey of Brick Green Designs, please support our kickstarter campaign here.