Aim High My Boy | Living Arrows week 8

Aim High My Boy | Living Arrows week 8

I’m an advocate of positive thinking (most of the time) ever since my mum bought me a self-help book to help me through my bumpy teenage years. While the name of the book escapes me now, the underlying message stuck with me and luckily, our family trait or gift, however you like to see it, is to look at the funny side of situations which can be somewhat negative.

Call it a typical northern sense of humour or is our witty Welsh blood, I’m not sure, but either way it makes like just that little bit nicer.

Take this photo for example. There are so many situation throughout the day with my lively and inquisitive toddler which scare and stress me, but I do try as often as possible to see the bigger picture. Here he’s using his initiative and grabbed the kitchen step to try to play with the bowl of soapy water which I’ve just filled up.

It resulted in a pair of wet sleeves and a change of clothes only 30 minutes after getting him ready for the day but the thought process and moment of messy play, not to mention giving me a fab photo opportunity and 5 minutes to tidy the living room far out weighed the inconvenience of a quick change of a jumper.


This is just a snippet of the situations we find our selves in on an ordinary day, typical for any toddler I’m sure but I hope he keeps on reaching high and pushing boundaries as the world’s his oyster and experience is there to be enjoyed.
Living Arrows is a weekly photo project where you share an everyday photo of your child inspired by the words of Kahlil Gibran

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

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  1. 14th February 2016 / 5:03 pm

    That’s a positive way of looking at things. Positivity is a wonderful quality to have. It brings a great energy to the people around you. It is a great thing to have as a parent. Long may it last! 🙂

    • 14th February 2016 / 5:15 pm

      hear, hear! I just hope I’m as positive by the end of this half term break. lol!

  2. 14th February 2016 / 7:14 pm

    I have been very lucky to not only have therapy in CBT but to learn how to teach it to others and CBT or positive thinking is what saves my sanity each day

    • 15th February 2016 / 8:40 am

      That’s really interesting to hear from that perspective. I have heard great things about CBT and to find out it worked so well for you is awesome.

  3. 14th February 2016 / 8:22 pm

    You look at things so positively, a quality that I would love to have as I always see the bad before the good. x

    • 15th February 2016 / 8:42 am

      it’s not to difficult to just start with a few situations and really helps set the standard for your children’s thought processes. My middle son isn’t such a positive person and I swear it’s because I wasn’t in such a good place when he was little.

  4. Hayley from Shutterflies
    14th February 2016 / 9:05 pm

    I think that’s such a great attitude to have, especially when navigating through the toddler years! I love that he’s on tippy toes, so cute! Thanks for joining in x

    • 15th February 2016 / 8:45 am

      He’s aways on the lookout or fiddle for things out of reach! it does mean you have to be mindful of hot drinks and saucepans though.

  5. 14th February 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Oh what a gorgeous photo! I try and keep positive too – not always easy! Kaz x

    • 15th February 2016 / 8:39 am

      its not is it, but it really does help, especially if you have children as it son rubs off on them.

  6. 15th February 2016 / 12:32 am

    I like that you still remain positive that is a great attitude to have! Have a good half term x

    • 15th February 2016 / 8:38 am

      thanks Ana, it’s sometimes hard to always see the positive but it really does help.

  7. 15th February 2016 / 5:50 am

    Beautiful quote and I am of the same mindset and showing my children just that too with going to university now. Love your photo, I remember when mine were too little to reach the sinks in our house too.

    • 15th February 2016 / 8:34 am

      Thanks Kizzy. I have one son a couple of years off university so I’ll have to remember this again when the time comes

  8. 15th February 2016 / 9:31 am

    I am quite an upbeat person and generally am quite positive, until I have one of those days x

  9. 15th February 2016 / 10:59 am

    I really struggle with staying positive ad find myself feeling stress quite often. Really need to relax more

  10. 15th February 2016 / 11:33 am

    Love that photo! Growing up…taking on challenges … love it! #sharethejoylinky

    • 15th February 2016 / 12:57 pm

      Thank you! He is always up for a challenge that’s for sure!

  11. 15th February 2016 / 12:33 pm

    Lovely photo! I remember the days when the Tubblet couldn’t reach things and needed a stepping stool 🙂

    • 15th February 2016 / 12:58 pm

      He uses it all the time and upstairs he uses a cow space hopper!

  12. Leigh - Headspace Perspective
    15th February 2016 / 4:03 pm

    Oh yes, I have quite a dark and dry sense of humour. There are some things that evade my sense of humour, but I do try to have a giggle about other things. For me, the worst has already happened so what else could be that bad? Far better to have a laugh xx

    • 19th February 2016 / 8:57 pm

      What a lovely perspective, I do often say when things aren;t so good, that the only way is up. Having a dark sense of humour does help see the funny is dodgy situations though doesn’t it.

  13. 15th February 2016 / 9:18 pm

    I always have to take a deep breath and remind myself that messing around, having fun is what children are meant to do, even if it messes up my house! I need lots of those breaths for half term;-) x

    • 17th February 2016 / 6:34 pm

      It is hard sometimes when all you want is a nice and tidy place to relax isn’t it. I’m desperate for new sofas but I’m a little reluctant as I know I’ll worry more about whats going on in the living room. At least now I don’t have to worry if the toddler gets hold of a biro!

  14. 16th February 2016 / 1:37 pm

    What a lovely perspective to have! I must admit that for as many times that I see the fun in WB’s play there are at least as many times when I am simply frustrated! Some days are pure joy and other days we’re just cross with each other from start to finish. I know the joyful days are so much better 😉

    thanks for sharing how you respond to these moments! Popping over from #sharethejoy

    • 17th February 2016 / 8:20 am

      They most certainly are but I totally agree with you on having frustrated days, especially when you need to be somewhere early and even getting out the house is a chore. thats when it’s hardest to mind the positive!

  15. 16th February 2016 / 10:17 pm

    What a great moment to capture, it’s great that you let him experiment. It’s true that actually letting them explore and try a little something new is nothing compared to a little clothing change. #ShareTheJoy

    • 17th February 2016 / 8:19 am

      absolutely Fiona. My washing pile is always huge anyway so a few extra little tops won’t make any difference

  16. 19th February 2016 / 10:59 pm

    What a lovely picture, I am an advocate of positivity and try to see the good in situations as much as I can. Children are so inquisitive it is a shame when parents are afraid to let the explore this part of their personality. Hope you’ve had a great half term x

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