Now I think we are a family that is very much invested in our children's education. We pay attention, help, take an interest and support them. But it all feels a bit sad to know that they are being primed and geared from the age of five for exams and 'getting ready' for secondary school. Short of taking them out of the state system and going for something like the Dolphin or a Montessori school I felt a bit hamstrung. If the school focuses more on academic instruction than play then what can I do? And then something happened in our bathroom to wake me up. My daughter came to find me to ask me to play, and to my shame, I uttered the sentence "I can't, I'm cleaning the shower". Now this was factually true - it is hard to participate in a game when you're wearing rubber gloves and have a container of Flash in one hand (unless you're into some really specialist stuff) but I felt like a pretty crappy parent when I heard myself say it. Even my daughter gave me a look that said "yep mum, that's pretty much the lamest sentence you've ever said to me."
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Soundtrack: No Time to Play - Guru