Super cool mum is a hit with the kids

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CLASSROOM READING: A tough audience, we but aced it.


“IT’S Book Week at school and the parents have been invited to read stories to the class.”
My nine-year-old daughter La Gidg told me this during one of our crazy journeys from Point A to Point B of our mad after school activity schedule, almost as an aside, but the mummy in my brain told me that this was actually much more important to listen to than the car radio.
I turned it off and made the commitment, “What book shall I read then?” But of course, then you have to fit the commitment in with your other promises, you know the ones you make in return for money?
A.K.A. work and clients, so I started to be concerned that I would not get the chance to go into school as it had to be done at a particular time of the day so as not to interfere with other things that the kids had to do that day (also known as ‘lessons,’ I know, who’d have thought it).
“It’s all right mummy, the other parents will be reading something anyway.” Well, that just made me even more determined.
We decided to read ‘Big Black Dog,’ a story about a dog who seems big and tough, but is really a coward and how he overcomes his fear of burglars.
We chose it because it had good pictures and would be easier for the mainly Spanish kids to understand, I would read it in English whilst Gidg translated into Spanish. “I wonder what they will think of you in class mummy, if you will be a cool mummy or not?”
We read it, performed it, to the class. A tough audience actually. But we aced it.
And, we’ve been invited back for a return gig.
Even now, two weeks on, I am writing this with a lump of pride in my throat, it’s what you’re supposed to do isn’t it? It’s not just about being proud of your kids, it’s important that your kids are proud of you as well. The class verdict?
You’re a “super chulo mama”: SUPER cool.
I’ll take that.
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