Reflections on the week...
The highlight of this week for the children was almost certainly the disco tonight, an event that has been looked forward to throughout the week with lots of discussion around outfits and what sort of food and drink there will be. Before continuing, I want to say a huge thank you to the Friends of Wymondley for putting it all together and giving the children a Friday night to enjoy and remember!
The disco is a great event and not just because the children get to eat and drink lots of sugary things, socialise with friends and dance around with complete freedom. There is also a huge amount of learning that takes place at a disco. Sometimes, they get to dance or play around with their friends with music that they enjoy and everything goes exactly as they planned in their head. But sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes, the music that is played is not the music that they wanted or even like, sometimes their friends are already dancing with other children or eating, or sitting when they want them to be dancing. These situations can lead to disappointment, sadness and frustration. Usually at a disco, children experience all of these emotions at different times and in different quantities and that is okay. In fact it is healthy for them, because learning that all of these feelings are valid and okay to feel is really important. Life is not always positive and learning how to understand and respond to emotions is an important skill.
The real world is actually a lot like a disco - there are good times and there are bad times and we all hope that the good times outweigh the bad. We all experience a range of emotions every day and we are continually learning, through experience, how to respond and how to pick ourselves up and start dancing again. Children need discos and many other events like them, because the journey to developing resilience is a tough one, but it is one that they all need to go on.
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I wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable weekend ahead!