A Letter to My Son on His Birthday

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To my amazing little boy

 

As you approach your 6th birthday I would just like to say it’s time to stop! Six is enough.  Six is a fabulous age and if you’d like to stop growing now then I’m right there with you. It’s time to stay just as you are — sweet, innocent and full of questions.

 

The day you were born

I can remember the day you were born as if it were yesterday, and as I think about how fast times flies and try to hold back the tears, I would say honestly that I would do it all over again in heartbeat.

You may have kept us all waiting a few too many days but as soon as you arrived it didn’t matter. You were safe and healthy and just perfect.

 

Over the years we have celebrated so many milestones, from first steps, words and teeth to starting school and the loss of your first tooth (although as I write this we are awaiting the fourth one to fall out).

Every day you do something to make me smile. Your enthusiasm for the things you love is contagious and I love that you always question everything (well, most of the time).

 

I love each and every one of your little quirks and your imagination and creativity are off the chart.  I’m so glad you take after your dad on this front as I can’t draw for toffee.

You are kind and smart; inquisitive and loving.

 

You are a fantastic brother and I know your sister adores you immensely.

As much as I wish I could keep you this age, I know that it will never happen. Each day you grow up a little more and I hope that all these amazing traits will remain with you as you grow older.  My wish is that you will continue to question each and everything and never stop learning.

 

Despite all these things, no matter how old you get, you will always be my little boy. The same little boy who needs hugs and reassurance from his mum. The same little boy who loves Batman, Lego and puzzles.

 

Words of Advice

As you enter your 7th year, I have a few words of advice for you.

Everybody needs family. No matter how old you get, you will always needs your family. As your parents we are responsible for taking care of you and your sister. However, you also need to look out for your sister and love her as I know you do. You dad and I will always be here for you to support your dreams and pick you up when you need us no matter what.

 

Never stop learning. You do this now and I hope you never stop wanting to learn new things. There is so much in the world for you to learn and my dream for you is that you continue with this for a long time to come. There may come a time when your focus will be on playing rather than learning; when it won’t always be so easy. I want you to know that you can do both.

 

Take responsibility for your actionsAt some stage in your life you will make a mistake and do something wrong — we all do. However in order to move forward you need to own your mistake; apologise when you need to and make amends. Learn from your mistakes and do better next time around.

 

Help to make the world better every day.  In my eyes you make the world better simply by being you. However, I encourage you to commit small acts of kindness every day; open doors for strangers, smile, help people who need it. You never know the challenges other people are facing and your random act of kindness could make the difference between a good day and a bad one.

C with tiger facepaint wearing an avengers t-shirt standing in front of a door

And one final point to remember….

 

I believe in you.  I will always be there for you. I will support your decisions and help you achieve your goals and dreams. I truly believe that you can be anything, or anyone you want to be and I will be the first in line to congratulate you on your achievements.

 

You are amazing and you make me so proud to be your mum each and every day.

 

Love Mummy

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