Every Monday and Friday Noah spends his day at Lime Tree Day Nursery. When I was first facing the prospect of going back to work after maternity leave it seemed like a huge thing to leave him for the day. I was so used to looking after him myself and he seemed to thrive on that. I couldn’t imagine how anything else could be as good.
He took to nursery very easily and I think there have only be two days in two years where he has cried when we left him. Two days too many, but really not a bad track record!
I really think the key to Noah’s happiness is the great relationships that he has formed. As he has moved through the different stages of the nursery he has always had a key worker. This means he has always formed a close connection and there is always some one looking out for him, even when he is in a big group.
Having the security of a friendly face has meant that Noah has coped with change really easily. As he has developed he has progressed from one room to the next but this has never phased him. He takes it all in his stride and enjoys the new adventure.
I think this situation really reflects life. When we have good relationships we can cope with anything life has to throw at us. We really are social creatures and we should never underestimate the strength that relationships bring to our lives.
Actively appreciating our relationships is something that we need to do all the time but it is so easy to forget. When we get to know someone well we can take them for granted and we stop recognising the characteristics that drew us to the relationship in the first place.
So have a think about the people that make your life better, those who support you, those who you enjoy spending time with. Let them know that you appreciate them. Sometimes just a simple thank you makes all the difference…so thank you Lime Tree and thank you Lizzy!