I don’t know about you but I’m the type of mum that hesitates about giving my boys more freedom as they get older. I’m often told by my OH that I need to ‘cut the apron strings’ in his words. My boys are now 11 and 14 years old ( I cannot believe that I am now that old I have a teenager!!).
Since my eldest has started secondary school he has been going to school on his own as his biggest freedom. Now as time has gone on he will go to his youth club with a friend on the bus and then collected by us, he can cycle to friends houses and will occasionally pop to the shops for us as well. He is not a super street wise kid and likes to be at home with us. However, my youngest is very quickly catching up . He is just finishing yr6 at school and so walks with friends there and back. He will occasionally be left at home with my eldest for me to pop to the shops or a doctors appointment. However, his friends are constantly on the phone for him to go to the park which I have allowed on an odd occasion with times to be home and the obligatory texts to let me know he is there and when he is leaving.
It is increasingly hard to adjust to as a parent and a lot of trust is required.
However, I am a worrier and still remember the time when my youngest was still in a pram and my eldest walking beside me. We visited a clothes shop in town ( gladly I had my mum with me at the time) but my youngest went missing!!! It was the worst few minutes of my life………………..I TOTALLY PANICKED. Thankfully my mum ran to the front of the shop to get the security guard to shut the doors and I was left yelling his name at the top of my voive. I have never been so scared in my life that something had happened to him or worse Someone had taken him. Thankfully he panicked himself and ran out from the maze of clothes shelves and racks crying as he heard me calling. It was all over in minutes but I think it has stayed with me as the boys have got older. I still panic when they are out on their own but need to hope they will be sensible and play by the rules.
A week or two ago I watched a programme about the possible re opening of the case for Madelaine McCann who went missing whilst on holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal on Thursday 3rd May 2007. I cannot even begin to comprehend what those parents have gone through in the last 5 years since she has been missing! My boy disappeared for seconds or minutes and I was a wreck. I am not a born coper in a crisis. I know when things happen in life we have to face them as best we can but I truly think the McCanns have proudly stayed strong in the public eye whilst coping with a truly unbearable pain. It must be so difficult to carry on with some sort of normality in such difficult circumstances.
12th May 2012 is her 9th birthday and her parents are left to face another birthday without her. I cannot even bear to think about that with my boys.So take a moment to think about them, as parents, to still be without their beautiful daughter on what would be her birthday.
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