This morning I had to loosen the apron strings a little as Roo has gone on her first school trip.   She was so excited to be doing someth...

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This morning I had to loosen the apron strings a little as Roo has gone on her first school trip.  
She was so excited to be doing something different, and feeling all grown up, as she was going without Mummy.
It feels really odd this afternoon, as she is normally home at 11:30am, but today she is getting home at the same time as CJ and Boo.  
It is a little taster of what it will be like when she goes to school full time in September, and to be honest, I don't really know what to do with myself.  I still have Little Man here to take care of, but I'm so used to Roo being here, making noise, (and having the occasional tantrum) that the house seems so empty without her here.  Roo is my 3rd child, but it still amazes me how quickly the time seems to pass, and how early they start to find some independence.  It's probably just my imagination, but it feels as though it has developed a little earlier with each child.  
I think I am going to find it extra hard to let go when it comes to Little Man, as he is my last child, and is already growing up faster than I would like, but I guess they can't stay babies forever, can they?  



At the moment I am having a debate with my 9 year old CJ, as she wants a mobile phone, but I think that she is still too young.  Especially as she has it in her head that she is going to get herself a Blackberry !  
I find it hard to get the point a cross to her that, in my opinion, she is still too young. 
How do you tell a child that they can't spend their own money (received as birthday gifts) on something that they really want?  
She keeps telling me "everyone else in my year has a phone Mummy.  I'm the un-cool kid at school".

Daddy D is not completely opposed to the idea of her having the phone, so am I just being an over bearing Mother?

Is it a good thing that children want independence at a fairly young age, or are we "letting go" too soon?  

Missy xx



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