Friday, 22 April 2016

A change of attitude! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:



We had Ellie's parents evening on Monday evening....Ellie isn't the best academically and hasn't always tried her best but over the last few months there has been a change in her attitude towards school....

She has two teachers. They job share and they both sung her praises....She is getting on with her work independently, she is growing in confidence, her reading is above average but we were worried about the spellings she brings home. She's doing fine and is in no way the worst speller in the class. She writes mostly in joined up writing and sometime over the next few weeks she will be allowed to start to use a pen instead of a pencil....Hooray!

It is the best parents evening we have ever had for Ellie....There was nothing at all negative said and she just has to keep doing what she's doing....I'm so ruddy proud. It really seems like after all these years she's got the hang of what she's supposed to be doing at school....

Miss Attitude also known as my eldest Becky has been hard work this week. I keep telling myself it's just a phase. It's just her hormones....She's just a typical teen but I keep finding myself drawn into arguments with her....I know, I should rise above it and not react but it's hard. After an argument on Wednesday night when I asked her to dry the dishes after tea (she didn't want to but she is old enough to help a little around the house) she has said she's going to try harder and stop with the not helping, moaning and dirty looks....I am going to try to stop letting her get to me and just keep telling myself it's just a phase....

Have we all noticed the change in the weather?....I have hardly seen my girls. They have came in from school and have gone straight outside to play until it's time to come in and start getting ready for bed. It has been such a fight to get them in....lol As I'm writing this I have the windows open, the sun is shining and we've been to the park after school....I hope it lasts....

Stu has been Mr DIY this week....I saw a cheap cupboard for under the sink in Argos. Only £24 so he put that together and while he was getting it he saw a bathroom cabinet in a charity shop....It was a dark mahogany colour and he painted it white.....It looks fab and is a lot bigger than the one we had.


The Reading Residence

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  1. Well done Ellie, you should be really proud. Teenagers go through so many phases, hopefully Becky come out of this one soon, it is so hard to not let childrens attitude get to you. I am not looking forward to the teenage years. #WoTW

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    1. Thank you! I am so proud of Ellie.
      I hope Becky is out of this phase soon too....Teenage years are not much fun at times x

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  2. Congratulations to your little girl! :) T also has spelling tests every Friday. Was really shocked that they do it so early here (she's only 5) and yet they have words like "queue" on their lists. I know some adults who if not for spell check they'd get it wrong ;)

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    1. Thank you!
      Oh wow! That does seem early for spelling tests. I often misspell queue! Eek x

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  3. There has been a change in the weather, it has been good all week here in Cornwall, apart from today where its miserable. Well done to your little girl xx
    #wotw

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    1. Thank you! The weather has changed again here. Back to being like winter here now :(

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  4. Well done Ellie :) I'm afraid it already looks like a change in the weather is on the way, but I'm sure it won't last and the sun will be back again. Well done Stu on the DIY jobs too :)

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    1. Thank you!
      Yep, we've had a change in weather here...Hmmf!

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  5. Ah a huge well done to Ellie, she's certainly working hard and making you proud. So lovely when something clicks with them, isn't it? I am dreading the teen hormonal times - sounds like you've the right attitude to it! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

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    1. Thank you! She is doing so well. It does seem like something has just clicked.
      Teens are hard work....Sometimes. She's been lovely ever since x

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  6. Well done Ellie, it sounds like something has just clicked! Well done!
    Fingers crossed the nice weather hangs around!

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  7. Ah so pleased for Ellie...sounds like she is doing fab! The teenage rows don't sound fun!! Bless. Loving those cabinets! Have a fab weekend xx #wotw

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  8. A massive well done to Ellie! Sounds like she is really getting on well at school now.
    And sending you a medal for dealing so well with teenage hormones, I have this to come one day and i'm sure it will cause me to have lots of rants lol.
    Stu did a fab job of that cabinet , looks lovely :)
    Hope you all have a lovely weekend xx

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    1. Thank you! She is doing so well finally! I really think something has just clicked with her..
      Teenage hormones are the worst. Stock up on the wine. hehehe

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  9. ooh the cabinets look nice. It's always good to improve the home. I love it. We have a lot of changes going on too! it's a good work to describe the week for us as well! :) Angela from Daysinbed

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    1. Thank you! They have improved the bathroom so much! I love them x

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  10. Fabulous news on Ellie's parents evening - what a proud moment for you and I'm so glad that she is doing so well. Teenage hormones aren't much fun but sounds like Becky is trying to make an effort which is good. Love the bathroom cabinet too - Stu's done a great job on that :-)

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    1. Thank you!
      They are both trying so hard. Ellie at school and Becky with her attitude.

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  11. Aww sounds like a nice week! I love the good things happening! Changes like this is just so inspiring to read =)

    #wotw

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  12. How brillant a change in performance you must be so proud. Sounds like your eldest is testing the boundaries, can't wait for that age! Ace products, can't get enough of storage but then there never seems to be enough of it! X #wotw

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    1. I am very proud. Thank you!
      Yes, I think my eldest it.

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  13. I'm so glad Ellie is doing well at school. It sounds like a very positive change for her. I hope those mood swings change for you too #WotW

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    1. It is such a great change. I am so proud.
      Thank you!

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  14. Well done Ellie, I know it's been on your mind (well, on your blog) for a little while, you should be super proud. But then you have the other end of the scale, pushing boundaries is always a challenging time in parenting. I hope it settles down for you. Oh I do hope the weather doesn't change too much I was just getting used to this slightly warmer, sunnier weather.xx

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    1. Thank you! She has worried me over the last couple of years but I think she has finally got the hang of school. Hooray! My eldest hasn't been that bad since the weekend. Phew!
      Thank you!

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  15. They all sound like great changes - and great news about Ellie. Have a fab week #wotw

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