The Magic of My Name

Kids more often than not get a bazillion books in their younger years. There’s no such thing as too many books – just one read through “Malala” will make you appreciate how lucky our kids are in the Western world to be allowed access to education. It’s quite a different story in some parts of the World. 

The digital age has brought with it millions of eBooks. I think they are fantastic but certain books work better as paperback. Children’s books are the type of books that should be held. Kids need to be able to touch the pages, flip the pages, rip the pages and smell the pages. There’s nothing quite like the smell of a crisp new book. We aren’t planning to get Finn into the digital books – in fact we don’t own a kindle – and don’t plan to. 

I came across a really cool book creator that puts together a personalised book which tells your child the story behind their name. It’s really quite cool. You can input their name, and choose the gender and hair colour. The end product is a beautifully written book all about the magic behind the kids name. We know Finn has no clue what we are reading him right now, but in a few years this book will be pretty special to him. After all, it’s a book all about HIM!

They deliver worldwide, but for you kiwis you can go straight to their website (it’s not an affiliate link so I’m not plugging them insincerely!) – 

https://www.themagicofmyname.co.nz/en
Happy reading!!

Education – where do I begin?

There are so many differing opinions in regards to how we should educate our kids. As parents – it falls on us to decide what’s best for our little whippersnappers. I grew up in Northern Ireland and went to good old public schools and Lisa did the same in Canada. We feel like we got a pretty rounded education and don’t have a feeling that we got short changed academically. However, we work at a private school here in New Zealand so we get to see it from a whole new perspective. I feel that private schools have much better resources. Yes the teachers were trained the same as the public school teachers, but the resources seem to make the difference. 

Now .. we are told so many different things on what we should do with Finn. “Put him in private school education once he reaches high school as it’s a waste of money in primary school.” “It’s all about what school you went to in Christchurch, so pick carefully.” “Put him in private school for primary school and not high school as it instills good habits and academic skills from an earlier stage before they become teens.” 

The list goes on. But to be honest – there are so many factors we have to consider. Firstly of course is the financial commitment – private school is a little more expensive than a public school, actually a lot more. But can you really put a price on excellent education for your child? Next there’s the Finn factor. Where does he want to go to school? That has to be a huge deciding factor on where we enrol him. For primary he won’t have much inkling as to where he will want to go but for high school he will feel much more strongly about where he sees himself fitting in. We absolutely love the school we work at and think that Finn would LOVE it but I guess at the end of the day it will be up to him and what he wants for his life. 

The Happiest Kids in the World book reminds me that I shouldn’t put pressure on Finn to be successful at everything he does – it’s ok to not be the best at everything. And honestly, I see first hand, some students whose parents openly put pressure on them to be the best at everything they do. All too often these are the same kids who, in their teens, suffer from mental health issues, anxiety and some even rebel against their families. I’m a rookie at this Dad business, but I feel that teaching kids for 11 years has given me plenty of knowledge in terms of what not to do as a parent. The pushy, helicopter parent is not what I want to be. Don’t get me wrong, I want Finn to live a full life with lots of rich experiences but not at the cost of his happiness or our relationship. 

I’d be keen to hear from you parents and educators out there!

James