Proud Mummy (again)

My kids are forever surprising me and making me proud. I know they’re clever and talented, but they still keep doing things which stop me in my tracks and make me glow with pride. These last few days have been no exception. I wasn’t even there to witness these little feats, but they gave me full blow-by-blow accounts and I grinned like a maniac at how amazing they are.

In November, years 5 and 6 did some sort of external maths challenge. The kids didn’t know how they’d got on until last week when certificates were given out in assembly. A lot of certificates were given out. My son didn’t have one. He wondered if they’d forgotten him. But then there were three special awards at the end – a bronze, a silver and a gold – for the three very top mathematicians. The bronze went to a year 6. The silver went to a year 6.

The gold? That went to my son. In year 5. Not for getting the top score in year 5, but for getting the top score in year 5 AND 6 – four classes, 120 kids, half of them older than him. And although I burst with pride at this, I would expect nothing less. He just has an extraordinary talent and understanding of numbers.


Next up was my daughter. They’ve just started going swimming with the school – her year 3 class and the other year 5 class (ie not my son’s). They sort the classes into ability groups – so there’s not year 3 classes and year 5 classes, there’s just three ability classes. She’s in the top class with mainly year 5s. On the second week, the teachers noticed that there was still a big difference in ability in the top group, so they created a top group plus, including only three year 3s – and one of them is my daughter.

I have the pleasure of watching her swimming lesson on a Saturday morning and she swims so gracefully and elegantly. She glides through the water with barely a ripple. In terms of her technique, she is by far the best swimmer in our family.

Every year the year 5s at school join in with the KNex challenge. KNex is a construction toy and the challenge is an external engineering competition. My son started telling me the story. It had all the hallmarks of a massive long excuse of why he didn’t win (and it’s not as though I actually expected him to win anyway, as he’s never used KNex, although he is a Technic Lego whizz). He told us everyone else had made really pretty good constructions and he and his friend had concentrated on the gears. Surely it was going to go the way of ‘We spent too long on the gears and ran out of time so X and Y won it… ‘. The story went on and on. He was giving nothing away.

But they won it. Then they had to be judged against the winner of the other class to see who would go on to represent the school. They won that too, so now my son, who has never touched KNex in his life before, is going to represent his school in an engineering challenge.

I am so proud of him and so proud of all of my kids.

Sometimes I wonder where they came from!

Linking up with Magic Moments at The Olivers Madhouse for al the magic moments my amazing kids give me all the time.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Wow well done to your kids,you are right to be very very proud. They are all very definitely talented and I hope they all go very far x

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  2. Well done to your kids, such great achievements and magic moments indeed!!!!

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  3. Sounds like a great week for them. Good to see such a range of different achievements too.

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  4. This is a lovely post. My son always does the Knex challenge too. He got through to the finals last time but didn’t win – he was so proud! You’re going to have plenty of material for our little plan 😉

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  5. What a clever bunch :)) Not surprised you are a proud mummy! xx #whatsthestory #magicmoments xx

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  6. What clever little ones you have! Not surprised you’re so proud, clearly they get it all from you 😉

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  7. Gosh it sounds like you have a group of very clever children! Well done to all of them. I’d be beaming too. 😉

    Morgan x

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  8. Amazing and you should be proud, you certainly have some amazing children there.

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  9. Yay. Well done to your lovely children. No wonder you are proud! #MagicMoments

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  10. awww honey this is super! what fantastic achievements!

    thanks for sharing and linking up with #MagicMoments x

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  11. Thanks very much everyone, they really are amazing kids! I’m so proud of them :)

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  12. How utterly wonderful! If you are my role model, then I think your son would be the Boy’s role model if he could read your blog!

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  13. Thanks, Judith! We are both very happy to be role models to you and the Boy :)

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  14. That’s just amazing – you should be very proud. This post really lifted my mood :) #MagicMoments

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  15. WOW what amazing talented children you have. Well done to the both of them. you must be sooooo proud!
    I have to admit, my Bruiser loves his numbers too and I half expect him to be acknowledged like your son for his achievements with them too at some point in the coming future.
    linking up from #SSAA

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  16. Thanks very much, everyone. It really is a lot of proud mummy moments in one week :)
    Glad to hear I lifted your mood, Sara, that’s a lovely thing to say!

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  17. Aww ir makes you feel great when there doing well too, well done to your children and you for doing great with them :) thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop …

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  18. Always a pleasure to share at the weekend blog hop, Claire! Thanks very much for your comment :)

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  19. WOW what amazing achievements, they really do make you proud. I would be framing the gold award.

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)

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  20. Thanks very much, Jane! I will certainly be keeping that gold award! Always a pleasure to link up :)

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