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It's hard to tune in the radar correctly sometimes - to choose between whether they're saying 'hey, read this fantastic piece of work and see how brilliant I am' and a genuine ' Is there any way I can improve this'. The original question form them always sounds the same!
I was flattered when my DS asked me to read his final year physics dissertation. Didn't understand a word, but I could help on syntax and spelling!
Seeker I remember talking to you when they were in year 7 and getting upset on the bus.
Now they are adults, near enough. My dd is taller than me, is driving my car, going away on her own in hotels. Where did my little daughter disappear to!
BUT flipside, dd is taking me to Le Gavroche for my birthday next month, (shameless boast this, I am so excited) she has booked it and will be paying ("we are ordering off the set lunch mum, and I'm not buying you any wine, and please can you pay for the tip" ) so it's very nice having grown up dds. BUT it's very scary.
Ah ha! I'm not the only one then! My DCs NEVER give me anything to read now. As I'm a secondary teacher they occasionally said, 'Can you read my essay for me?' and then got incredibly huffy as I marked it as a teacher and made comments like, 'this part's good - but you need to expand on the explanation of Point B and include some examples to illustrate the point you are making'.....
DD2 complained to older sister that 'if you ever give Mum anything to read she just gives you more work to do'. Well yes, my dear. That's my job. And I thought that was what you wanted. Apparently I should have just said, 'Oooooh....it's LOVELY! Let me stick in on the fridge' as I did when they were little .