School Results…Panic, Fear, Relief!
  • April 20, 2016
  • Leticia Maciel Co-founder, The Inside Edit

    The inside Edit Parenting


    You know that feeling when you’re expecting your first baby and you wake up in the middle of the night randomly? You can’t sleep – mostly because of the excitement, and secondly because you don’t know what to expect. This is how I felt waiting for the school results for my son! All those months waiting around wondering what school he’ll be going, what his friends will be like, and of course, the parents (the wonderful world of forced interaction that you’re thrown into).

    Just one of the many things they don’t warn you about when you’re expecting.


    According to the Evening Standard,
    some 3,500 kids in London
    didn’t get a place at all!


    Not only am I relieved that my son got one of my top 3, but also that I can now sleep and not wake up in the middle of the night wondering for hours “what will I do if he doesn’t get into my preferred school?!” According to the London Evening Standard, some 3,500 kids in London didn’t get a place at all!

    With the wait done and dusted I aim now to give my son the best summer before term starts, and fun filled memories. I feel I also need to give him the right tools needed for starting school and meeting new friends (SO I HOPE). My son will be the youngest in his class and will be entering a whole different ball game. Gosh just the idea of it scares me but at this point I can stop wondering and concentrate on the task ahead.

    Get out there, do the research,
    visit the schools and
    chat with parents at the school gates


    For those of you reading this who are probably more organised than myself – get out there, do the research, visit the schools and chat with parents at the school gates (I know sounds crazy but it works). That’ll give you some idea of the kind of the schools that are available for you. We all need to do different things to be satisfied with the decisions we make, just don’t be too hard on yourself.

    All in all these last 3 months have been hard, (dare I say it), harder than childbirth! But I’m glad it’s over and we can finally begin to have more fun, as mummy wont be so stressed anymore!

    Been there done that? What’s your experience of it? Tell us below or tweet us @theinsideedit

    OKAY I'M ANGRY! If this is not a platform to share your opinions then where else right?! So here it goes, you may have seen Mattel are doing a Barbie version of FRIDA KAHLO, the profoundly inspirational Mexican Artist. Well on the surface it sounds positive – celebrating female cultural icons etc, but it’s in fact not at all what it seems. . . Zac and I adore this woman and are huge fans. Frida Kahlo represented not just a fearless and boundless expression of individuality, but she stood firmly on the side of those in society that were forgotten about. In her art she explored questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. She was simply brilliant, and an inspiration to all us mothers raising daughters. . . Salma Hayek portrayed her brilliantly in the 2002 Bipoic (please watch it if you haven’t already!) and said Frida was “one of the forces that gave me the determination to pursue my career”. . . On to what Mattel are doing. Firstly – despite what some bloggers like to shill on social media, the Barbie doll is not something positive for any child in my view. It does not represent uniqueness, and when Frida becomes SLIM and more LIGHT SKINNED with LIGHT EYES, that’s when lines are being crossed. This is not just cultural appropriation for commercial gain, but the very colonial re-shaping of identity she stood against. . . LEAVE FRIDA ALONE. Rant over. . #fridakahlo #mattel #leaveheralone #views #latin #mexicanculture #salmahayeck #womensday #strongwomen #womenofculture #mummyviews #londonblogger #unique #art #ethnic #celebratinguniqueness #inspirationalwomen #thisisbullshit #barbieisnotunique #notobarbie #femalerolemodels #ithastobesaid
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