This time two years ago Alice was about to start school, a school that she didn’t know and none of her friends would be going to it. It was a big decision for us to decide to send her to this school, one that meant a big change for us as a family and one that I knew in my heart was the right one.
It really worried me that Alice wouldn’t know anyone when she started, but it didn’t seem to worry her. She never once mentioned it, she seemed to take it all in her stride. Alice isn’t a shy girl, she is very talkative, loves to meet new people and has no problem making a conversation. She is the opposite to me and definitely takes after Andy. But I still worried about it, she was only 4 years old.
However I shouldn’t have worried at all, she made friends of course she did. In fact she has made lots of friends and has a lovely friendship group. Over the last two years these friendships have grown, changed a bit and become even better.
I think as parents its one area that we worry about and that we can often feel a bit helpless. If they are struggling with their school work, we normally know what to do and can help them with it. But with friendships its not always that simple, there are emotions involved and friendship dynamics. Girls especially can be pretty nasty at times and I was not looking forward to that first time that Alice would come home and tell me someone had been unkind to her. But it happens!
Or does it? We’re really lucky that not once in the last two years has Alice fallen out with a friend, she has never come home and said that someone has been nasty to her or doesn’t want to be her friend anymore. She has never not wanted to go to school. I’m very grateful that so far this it what it’s been like and I know that eventually she will experience some unkindness. But for now I hope that the friendships she has made will continue to grow, and that these friends will always be in her life.
If you were to ask me before Alice started school what I would want her friends to be like, I would’ve said to be like Woody and Buzz from Toy Story. We all love the film, I mean who doesn’t? I bet you’re all singing the song – You’ve got a friend in me, right now, aren’t you? I know I am!
Woody and Buzz’s friendship is the core of the film, it is what we all love to watch and its the one thing that has carried on through all the Toy Story films.
An unlikely pairing at the start, but now you wouldn’t ever want to see them apart. We can’t wait to watch the new Toy Story film coming out in 2019, to see what these two will get up to.
“But the thing that makes Woody special is he’ll never give up on you…ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what.”
The girls have been playing with the Thinkway Buzz Lightyear and Woody they were sent. They came together in a pack and they are so lifelike, that the girls think they have the real ones.
They are both 12″ and have they both have voice effects and Buzz has sound effects. You can buy them from Smyths Toys and are priced at £59.99 for both.
With my little Holly starting school next week, I can only hope and wish that she makes friends and finds friendships just like Alice did. In fact my own girls and the friendship they have together remind me of Woody and Buzz. Alice is definitely more Woody and Holly is 100% like Buzz.
Knowing that Holly has Alice at school, means that she will always have a friend just like Buzz will always have Woody.
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