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School Report


This is the report from Miles’ first parent’s evening.  He’s not quite 4 yet so unless there is something outrageous on there (which there isn’t) clearly there is no reason to worry about anything yet.  But it’s another reminder that if he had been born a couple of months earlier he would be about to start his first year of real school.20151113-School Report

Riding a bike

Classic Dad stuff this, teaching Miles to ride his bike.  He has ridden it around on the driveway a bit before and but found it a bit too hard (and to be honest was a bit too lazy) to pedal very far.  He’s had a little growth spurt recently though and combined with a bit more pressure in the tyres and a bit more confidence he rode all the way to the park and back this morning and to the shops and back this afternoon.

It’s downhill all the way to the park so the key thing was him learning to use (and be confident in) his brakes.  That means of course that it’s uphill all the way back.  I was pushing Rufus in the pushchair so I couldn’t push Miles on the bike, fortunately it has a bit of rope on the handlebars so I attached that to my belt and gave him some power assistance up the hills.  To his credit he did carry on pedalling despite the tow and even tried to overtake me a few times.

The thing I was happiest with was that despite the fact that it was reasonably hard work (for a 3 year old), he fell off a couple of times and it required more than 5 minutes concentration, he stayed positive and stuck with it all the way there and back

Late night wandering

Really quick post because I very nearly missed this (who pays attention to second children?). When he woke up in the night, Rufus used to cry until we went to see him and did the same when waking from his nap. Now he just toddles to our bedroom and jumps in. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing but it is definitely a development.


Just a nice simple, look-what-Rufus-can-do-now post.

We’re a long way from either of them getting dressed or undressed.  Miles can take his shoes off and on (but persuading him to do it on cue is beyond us) and he will take his trousers off to get in to the bath but can’t manage a t-shirt.  Rufus can and does take his trousers off at random, can get his shoes off and as you can see sort of has the idea about putting them on.

As with many things, with a bit of work Miles could probably be dressing himself but when you’re trying to get out of the house it’s always easier to just do it.  I’m hoping that at some point he will want the independence of doing it himself.