What do you say when your child hates sports day?

What do you say when your child hates sports day?  Actually, to be more precise, what do you say when YOU hated sports day but you want to enthuse your child?

when your child hates sports day - lad with bat and ball on the field

I was a complete sports duffer.  I used to play Left Back at Hockey because the bib had my initials on.  I tried tennis, but our teacher couldn’t be faffed teaching a left-hander.  I tried cross country running.  Well,  a brisk jog down the lanes surrounding the school anyway.

Our school had a swimming pool (complete with, we later discovered, its own asbestos tiles), the water of which was always freezing.  I remember lessons in winter were particularly onerous because you could never dry your hair and would spend afternoon lessons with water dripping from your ponytail down your back.

And don’t mention gym – we had wall bars and ropes and those ‘horse’ thingummies. I once managed a forward roll.  That’s it.

On the other hand,  I studied ballet and completed all the Royal School of Dance exams up to Pre-Elementary so I did do some exercise during my teenage years.

And Dad did take my sister Sarah and I out on our bikes quite a lot.

In those days Dinas Powys really was a village and the surrounding country lanes were quiet. Nobody worried about wearing a safety helmet then.

It seems like another world now, doesn’t it!

My most hated event on the school calendar was sports day. There were always the cool girls who could sprint without breaking into a sweat. There were the strong and solid girls who could chuck a shot or a javelin for what seemed like miles.

And then there was the small group of us sporting renegades for whom hiding out in the changing room toilets or, better still, remembering some extremely urgent piano practice in the music room seemed a better bet.

Caitlin seems to have inherited my loathing of forced sporting activity, gung-ho banner waving and irritating whistleblowing. I am, however, determined that she should give sports more of a go than I did.

She is not very confident and is not one of the fastest runners – largely because she does not have the competitive edge that some of her peers do – inherited, I suspect from their far more sporty parents.

“Does it matter if I come last?”  she’s asked me on a couple of occasions.

It’s a more sensitive subject because her brother Ieuan lollops everywhere, making running looks as easy as breathing.

So what do you say to a child who hates their school sports day?

How about some of these.

* Everybody is built differently.  Some can run fast, some can jump high and some are born to dance.

* Even if you don’t win, by trying your hardest you are helping your school team (or house) to succeed.

* Even if you are not good at sports now, one day you may be (Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, anybody?)

* If you want to succeed at anything you’ve got to practise (train).  Athletes train for hours every day.

* If you don’t do well, nobody will think badly of you.

* See yourself winning.  Imagine you are running down the track as fast as a superhero. Nothing can stop you.

* Believe you can and you will

* We will love you and be proud of you no matter what happens.

I’d be tempted to add “your mother had all the speed and grace of a sleepy Heffalump and she’s turned out OK” but that’s possibly not up there with the best coaching strategies.

What would you say if your child hates sports day?

Try Tennis For Free This National Great British Tennis Weekend 22-23 July

Wimbledon may be over but there’s no chance of rain stopping play now that Caitlin and Ieuan have found a sport they can actually play together.

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Ieuan’s never been keen on taking up ballet and Caitlin is too worried about the possibility of being hit during Tae Kwon-do but, they have recent discovered tennis and have been playing out in the garden in relative harmony.

Those of us parents facing 6 weeks of full-scale sibling rivalry when school ends this Friday are very appreciative of the prospect of some peace, I can tell you.

And there are some pretty good reasons to encourage our youngsters to take up the sport, not least because we Brits are very proud of our tennis champions and we all know the importance of starting kids young.

Caitlin balancing a tennis ball on her racquet
Look at that concentration – and yes, that court is a bit, um, overgrown

Here’s ten very good reasons to play tennis, courtesy of Tennis Wales who are organising the Welsh version of the National #GoHitIt campaign to encourage as many of us as possible to pick up a racquet and practise our serve.

1. Tennis may help you to live a longer life – scientists and doctors say tennis is one of the healthiest activities that you can participate in.  The overall physical, mental and emotional gains it delivers could add years to your life.

2. It can make you happier – tennis engages the mind and body at the same time. Tennis players are more confident, healthier, less stressed and more socially interactive.

3. You’ll make friends.  Tennis encourages interaction and communication.  Especially if you’re playing doubles with a partner.

4. The whole family can join in – no matter what your age, ability or fitness level, tennis is great for bringing the family together. Few other sports can offer the opportunities for families that tennis can.

Caitlin practising her serve
I’m not going to tell her that’s backwards as I’ll stand more chance of winning.

5. Tennis teaches life lessons – players, particularly youngsters, develop a work ethic, learn sportsmanship, how to manage mistakes, enhance their discipline, learn to compete and learn teamwork.

6. Tennis can be anything you want it to be – competition, social play, a good workout or time with family or friends.

7. Tennis is fun – whether at entry level, for the under 10s or the senior leagues all players have fun while getting a workout at the same time.

8. It develops your mind.  Tennis requires alertness, tactical thinking and problem solving.  Evidence suggests it may generate new connections between nerves, promoting a lifetime of continued development of the brain.

Ieuan practising his serve
Not totally sure about Ieuan’s co-ordination to be honest …

9. It builds fitness – the constant movement and action in tennis will burn calories, build muscle, increase bone strength, improve flexibility, fine-tune coordination and enhance overall health and fitness.

10.  Tennis is a sport you can play your whole life – you can play throughout your lifetime from the earliest ages to your later years.

And from the point of view of teaching our kids sportsmanship, then tennis is a great way to teach them both competitiveness AND how to deal with defeat graciously (NOT McEnroe style).

If you want to join in with #GoHitIt, you can find your nearest participating court at https://www.lta.org.uk/go-hit-it.

And this weekend (22 – 23 July) is the perfect opportunity to hit your local tennis court (or playing field or garden!) because it’s the National Great British Tennis Weekend where selected venues will be offering free tennis for everyone, regardless of age, ability or fitness level.

To find your nearest participating court visit https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/OpenDays.

Ieuan balancing a tennis ball on a tennis racquet
That’s more like it.

Tennis Wales are also hosting Tennis Tuesdays to encourage more female tennis players back into the game.  The sessions as specifically geared towards women who used to play and want to return to the game.  There is also a Nike rewards programme attached to session attendance.

Find your nearest participating court at https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/TennisTuesdays.

If you are looking for a local league to get involved with to hone your competitive streak and make some new friends, then go to https://localtennisleagues.com.

Enjoy your tennis!

Dealing With Your Child’s Sports Team Injuries

We are constantly encouraged to lead healthy lives through regular physical activity, as are our children and one way we can do this is by joining a sports team. Football, hockey, netball, rugby – it doesn’t matter what sport you or your children take part in, just as long you all enjoy it.


While being part of a sports team comes with many benefits, from staying healthy to making new friends, it also comes with a risk or two, one of which is injuries. 

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Whether it’s your kids that are part of a sports team or your partner, the chances are that at some point or another, someone is going to get injured.

It could be a minor injury such as a cut or a couple of grazes, or it could be something a little worse – whatever the injury, it’s important to ensure that you know how to deal with it.

Want to know how to deal with all manner or sports injuries? Read on.

Remain calm

Whether you see the injury take place or get a phone call from the team coach, it’s important to stay calm.

No matter what has happened, be it a bump to the head or a potentially broken bone, getting stressed isn’t going to help the situation.

The most important thing is to approach things with a cool head so that you’re able to think clearly about what to do.

The first question that you need to focus on is whether they – your partner or child, should come off the pitch or whether they can continue to play the rest of the game. This will depend on the nature of their injury and how serious it is.

Assess whether medical care is required

The next step is to assess whether medical care is required. If your partner or child has a head injury, is bleeding heavily, or has a potentially broken bone, then immediate medical attention is needed.

You can either call an ambulance – if you think the injury warrants emergency care, or you can take them to the local accident and emergency department.

If the injury isn’t too serious, then immediate medical care may not be required. However, rehabilitation care, such as physiotherapy, may be needed to help them get back on their feet.

If this is the case, it could be worth looking into going private for their care by contacting a hospital such as Highgate Private Hospital, as often NHS waiting lists are extremely long.

If you’ve got medical insurance, this shouldn’t cost you anything. If however, you don’t have medical insurance, you will have to cover the cost of any treatment fees.

Make the patient comfortable and encourage them to rest

Once you get the patient home, make them comfortable and encourage them to rest. If it’s a minor injury they have suffered from and you haven’t sought medical advice, make sure to keep an eye on them, to ensure that they are definitely okay.

If they’re in pain, give them some painkillers, get them comfortable in bed or on the sofa, and take care of them, with a little rest they should soon be feeling better.

Being on a sports team comes with many benefits. However, it also comes with a risk of injury. The chances are that at one point or another, anyone who’s part of a sports team will get injured, so you need to be prepared for that.

Review: The TomTom Touch Body Composition Fitness Tracker

There are so many fitness trackers on the market that I have to be honest here and say that the TomTom Touch Body Composition Fitness Tracker hadn’t crossed my radar, so to speak.

TomTom Touch Fitness Tracker

But I am very glad it has.

I am what you might call a spasmodic exerciser but although I am not a gym bunny, I do make sure that I am active every day.

As it turns out, the TomTom Touch tells me I am nowhere near active enough!

The TomTom Touch is a water-resistant and comfy-to-wear fitness tracker which sits in a flexible silicone strap that you wear like a watch.

It is a great gadget to use when you want to overhaul your daily routine to include more exercise.

It captures steps, active time, calories burned, heart rate and sleep time.  You can use it to measure your fat and muscle mass percentage and monitor your heart rate throughout the day to get an idea of your fitness level.

The TomTom Touch Fitness Tracker

You need to press a button to wake the screen up.  Then you scroll up and down on the front of the tracker unit to get to the other screens.

Swipe up for current step count, calorie count, distance travelled, last sleep duration and exercise duration.

Swipe down for the body fat scanner, heart rate sensor and exercise logger.

The TomTom Touch syncs with an online app to track your progress and for the body composition logger, the result can only be read on the app.

It is water-resistant so you could wear it in the shower but not go swimming wearing it.

The TomTom Touch does not have GPS so if you’re looking for a tracker to go running outdoors with, this may not be the right choice for you.

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I found the tracker great for my daily school run trips and family outings to our local parks and nature reserve.  I definitely found myself wanting to walk further to rack up those steps!

Mat, Caitlin & Ieuan Hobbis in Alexandra Park, Penarth
My Coaching Squad – Tough But Cute

This tracker has an optical heart rate sensor and a body fat scanner.

The heart rate monitor is only really designed to check your resting heart rate so, again, if you want to check your heart rate during vigorous exercise, you may need a different TomTom tracker.

I did struggle a little with the fat scanner.  To get it to work you have to place your finger on the sensor and hold it there for 10 seconds. You then get a reading of the amount of fat and muscle in your body which you can see on the app.

It took us a while to work out that your finger needs to be parallel to the screen rather than vertical and it sometimes takes a couple of attempts to get the tracker to acknowledge the reading.

It does this by giving you a tick if it has worked or a cross if it hasn’t.

I was, I confess, mildly horrified by my fat reading of over 30% and if that isn’t an incentive to back away from the Welsh Cakes, I don’t know what is!

It also has a vibration motor, which can signal very basic call and text notifications from your phone.

The app “MySports‘ allows you to track your heart rate readings and set goals for your sport activity. via a selection of pie charts and graphs.

The only function I didn’t use was the sleep function as I dislike the idea of wearing a tracker while I sleep but I may yet try it out for the odd “mum nap”!

Whilst this tracker may not set the world on fire, for those of us who are getting on track with fitness trackers, it’s a great entry-level unit which doesn’t cost the earth and presents the information in basic, but easy to understand ways.

Linda and Mum in The Star Inn, Dinas Powys
Training intensively at The Star Inn, Dinas Powys

I suspect that lots of the bells and whistles on some of the TomTom Touch’s rivals wouldn’t be used anyway.

An addition I would like to see which the FitBit Alta has is an alarm for when you have been sedentary for too long.

I also found the TomTom Touch very comfortable to wear and not too chunky to cause a problem with sleeves in coats and jackets.

It is a great little tool to literally have up your sleeve throughout the day to keep an easy on how mobile you are being.

It isn’t a high fashion item but it does look quite stylish and it does have a comparable price tag with its rivals.

One small gripe, although the battery charge is supposed to last up to 5 days, I found I had to recharge it every 3 days or so but the USB cable is permanently attached to my laptop so I can easily charge it each day if needed.

We found that using a fitness tracker is a great way to encourage the whole family to take more exercise – especially your kids.  You can talk to them about how much we should all be moving each day – the recommended minimum being 5000 steps.

In summary, I would say this is a great ‘entry-level’ fitness tracker and ideal for someone who is flummoxed by too many bells and whistles and just wants something to “do what it says on the tin”.

The TomTom Touch Body Composition Fitness Tracker is available from Amazon.co.uk.




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The Benefits of Martial Arts Pack A Punch For Kids

Readers of this blog will know that Ieuan loves Tae Kwon Do and in just over one year has progressed to Yellow Stripe with another grading in October. He is lucky to have a fabulous teacher, Mr Joseph Schembri, 4th Dan Black Belt.

Ieuan in his Tae Kwon Do Whites
Ieuan

He is learning discipline, patience and how to channel his energy – particularly useful skills for young children! So it’s not surprising to read that 85% of the membership of The National Association of Karate and Martial Art Schools (NAKMAS) is children. The Association has over 65,000 members in the UK so that is quite a substantial figure!

NAKMAS has joined forced with the Martial Arts Illustrated (MAI) magazine to encourage new youngsters to join their local martial arts clubs and have produced a four-page editorial piece in the special edition ‘Grassroots’ October issue outlining the benefits of martial arts for children, as well as skills which are essential and reasons that current and former young students took up martial arts.

In the video below, Chair of NAKMAS, Joe Ellis, explains the thinking behind this collaboration to encourage grassroots participation.

“There is a whole range of benefits for children participating in martial arts classes. Not only do they encourage an increase in general fitness, strength and flexibility levels, but they can also provide discipline, focus, respectful attitude and behaviour, leadership skills and stress relief to name a few.

Of course, their key purpose is known to give them the confidence and skills to defend themselves if absolutely necessary, but martial arts give a young student so much more than that.

Many clubs focus children’s classes primarily on enjoyment.

Children are more likely to respond to learning which has a fun element, while a serious message is being taught. There are clubs suitable for everyone; so it is always worth checking out a few to get the right one for a child’s needs.”

NAKMAS is particularly concerned that students of all abilities, regardless of any special physical, emotional, social or other needs, be given the opportunity to try a martial art.

NAKMAS Director of Operations, specialist in autism education and author of Autism and Martial Arts: A Guide for Children, Parents and Teachers (ISBN: 978-0-9933142-0-9), Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis, said ‘it is heart-warming to see children and adults with low confidence for any number of reasons, train for years and eventually become confident, self-assured black belts’.

I would also add that martial arts also incredibly valuable for teens and young adults so that they can protect themselves in the unfortunate event of a physical attack.  My niece, Emily, is a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do as well as being a talented filmmaker and you may like to view her short film on the subject HERE. My nephew Lloyd is also a Black Belt and his sister Georgia a Black-Stripe Belt.  Needless to say, I don’t pick a fight with any of them!

If you would like to find out more about NAKMAS visit their website here.

If you live in South Wales, you can find more information about the Joseph Schembri Schools of Tae Kwo Do here.

Win The Chance For Your Child To Be A Player Ambassador At UEFA Euro 2016™

My own sporting prowess, as readers of this blog know, is rather limited so it is great to see that my children take after their father and not me.

Now that the weather is improving, Ieuan is spending every waking minute when not in the classroom kicking a ball around which is a refreshing change from his previous unswerving allegiance to all things i(Pad).

Caitlin’s ballet phase is in full swing and I am fully expecting it to morph into an obsession with ponies very shortly.

Either way, we are enjoying the rush of activity and the chance to spend time in the sunshine and fresh air.

And, of course, the sporting season is upon us with the UEFA Euro 2016™ football championship rapidly approaching.

On March 24th Wales will be playing Northern Ireland in a friendly and we are hoping our boys will do us proud.  It will be a great opportunity for all the family to get together and cheer Wales on.

Then, there’s the brilliant chance for kids to win the opportunity to be a Player Ambassador at at one of three UEFA EURO 2016™ matches taking place in June or July 2016 and the chance to win one of a hundred footballs in McDonald’s fabulous competition.

Ieuan is so excited at the prospect of walking out on to the pitch for Wales with his football heroes. Gareth Bale, Wales’ youngest ever scorer and the man who contributed 7 out of 11 goals in Wales’ qualifying match, is definitely his number one. The fact that there would be thousands of people watching Ieuan, does not daunt him in the slightest!

It would be a dream experience for any young football fan so we have explained that he might be up against a bit of competition!

How to enter

To take part all you have to do is to upload a photo of your child showing their passion for football: cheering on their country, celebrating a goal, or supporting their favourite team via the entry form.

Here’s that link again.  www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/Sport/Football/LetsPlay/EURO-2016.html.

The Prizes

McDonald’s are offering some amazing prizes.

Not only does your child get to walk out on the pitch but McDonald’s are throwing in (see what I did there?), travel and accommodation for the three day trip to attend each respective match.

This is for one parent / guardian (who must be over 18) and the winning child.

These are the matches the Player Ambassadors will be attending.

England vs Wales (England Player Escort) Match 16, Lens, 16th June 2016 (4 prizes)

England vs Wales (Wales Player Escort) Match 16, Lens, 16th June 2016 (3 prizes)

Northern Ireland vs Germany (Northern Ireland Player Escort) Match 30, Paris, 21st June 2016 (1 prize)

The Final, (Player Escort may walk out with either team) Match 51, Saint-Denis, Paris, 11th July 2016 (1 prize)

1 of 100 footballs

Conditions

Your child must be between 6 and 10 years old (inclusive) on 10th June 2016.  Entries are limited to one per eligible child. No purchase is necessary to enter.

You’ll have to hurry though, the competition closes on 10th April 2016, just a few short weeks away so get photographing.

We’ve got our entry in and Ieuan has already requested a French phrase book and some new footie boots.

Good luck!

How Everyone’s United By Football – Making The Most of Family Time During UEFA Euro 2016™

These days it’s all about the screen time.  We are a nation obsessed with all things ‘i’ and android.  We experience huge swathes of our life online and converse in emoticons (as Facebook’s new ‘like’ icons attest).

We parents can be as guilty of this as our kids.  At the end of a long day, it is just so easy to pick up a tablet and switch on and check out.

So it’s a refreshing (and much needed) change to find an event that brings families together and generates an energy that doesn’t come from a charger.

Now readers of this blog know that I am not the most sporty of women. I make no secret of the fact that I used to wear the Left Back bib in hockey because I used to be Linda Brooks and I liked wearing my initials.

But when you have kids, you quickly realise that an event like the forthcoming UEFA Euro 2016™ football championship is too good an opportunity to pass by when it comes to spending some quality time with the family.

We’ve got the kids enthused about the Six Nations Rugby Tournament and we watched last year ‘s Rugby World Cup together – except that the kids were really upset when Wales were knocked out (we were robbed).

The concept of national pride is very topical these days and, even though I moved to Wales in 1969 when I was 5, I consider myself to be Welsh.  The Husband was born in Cardiff and both my children were born in the Heath Hospital so their nationality is definitely Welsh!

There is something very emotional about supporting your own country’s sporting efforts.

I think it’s good for kids to see their parents cheering and shouting encouragement at the TV.  Caitlin and Ieuan’s expressions when the Husband shouts for Wales to “come on!” is a sight to behold.  I don’t think they realised he was capable of that volume of noise.

And then there’s the subject competition.  I think kids need to learn that a game has winners and losers and that there is no shame in losing if you gave it your all.

As my mother always says “it’s the taking part that counts” – not that I’ve ever seen her on a football pitch.

Kids need to see that achievement can be physical and not just academic. Watching a team sport is a great way to truly understand team work.  To see a team sprinting down a pitch like a well oiled machine is a noble thing.  To watch team players listen to the ref (without referring him to Specsavers) shows that rules are there to be followed.

Pulling together, ‘having someone’s back’ – these concepts are made much easier to understand when watching a game.  We can use sporting analogies to help kids solve problems and get them to relate to the concept of achieving a goal.

Sport is also a great way to demonstrate that everyone has different physical strengths and that a team is a combination of different strengths arranged in an effective way.

Cue the role of the coach.

As kids develop and grow at different rates and as they discover their bodies have different builds, sport is a great way to teach them acceptance.

And when our kids enter the working world, being a team player is a vital skill in career success and overall happiness.

This year sees the UEFA Euro 2016™  European Championship, which will be held in France from 10 June to 10 July. Spain are two-time defending champions.

24 teams will compete in a new format and the matches will be played in ten cities –  Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse.

The French team have won the UEFA Euro 2016™ twice: in 1984 and 2000 and the winning team earns the right to compete at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup hosted by Russia.

We will obviously be supporting Wales who are in a group with England, Slovakia and Russia and our first match will be on the 11th June against Slovakia in Bordeaux.

Prior to qualifying for UEFA Euro 2016™, the team had only qualified for a major international tournament once in their history, when they reached the quarter-finals of the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

And since Wales knocked England out of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, our expectations for our footie team are, shall we say, pretty big.

I’m sure there will be a real party atmosphere here in Cardiff, perhaps even with a French flavour!

Of course we will be watching the game and perhaps adding a French flavour with hamburgers et des frites (chips!) and un peu du vin for the parents.

The Husband will no doubt expound on the rules of the game (don’t ask me about the offside rule) and the kids will get to know the Welsh team members.

It will be a chance for us to all sit down together and cheer Wales on.

And how about this for a fabulous opportunity for your football mad youngsters?

Your child has the opportunity to be a Player Escort at one of three UEFA Euro 2016™ matches taking place in June or July 2016 by entering a competition run by McDonald’s.

We would be thrilled if Caitlin or Ieuan had the opportunity to walk out with the Welsh team – it would be an experience none of us would ever forget.

Just launched by McDonald’s ambassadors, Ryan Giggs, Martin Keown and Pat Jennings, the competition will give the lucky 9 children the chance to stand beside their national heroes and walk out at hotly anticipated fixtures throughout the tournament including England vs Wales, Northern Ireland vs Germany and the UEFA Euro 2016™ Final.

To enter, parents are asked to capture their child’s football passion and upload images of them enjoying the beautiful game.  It is open to all children in the UK who will be aged between 6 and 10 years old on 10th June 2016 and the lucky winners will join the qualifying home nation of their choice and walk out hand-in-hand with their football idols at this summer’s tournament in France.

Big sporting events are great for getting together with family members you don’t often see and perhaps getting together for a meal afterwards.

Hopefully the weather will hold so that we can just get out into the fresh air and kick a ball around.

And if you enter McDonald’s fabulous competition, who knows, your child may actually be on the pitch!

For your chance to enter see: www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/Sport/Football/LetsPlay/EURO-2016.html.

School Sports Day – The Final Frontier For Mums

School sports day. I hated it, although it was one of those occasions where I wish I hadn’t spent most of my PE lessons hiding in the toilet pretending to be the poster girl for Always feminine hygiene products. (The Bodyform woman always sang far too loudly and probably had chronic laryngitis).  Yes, we were sold a big fat lie by Tampax because I certainly never had the urge to go windsurfing, kayaking or skydiving whilst on my period.  Or not on my period come to that.

school sports day - boy running the relay race

I did use to make an effort at hockey and loved to play Left Back, but largely because the LB on the bib matched my then initials. I still can’t do a forward roll (forget backwards, although I will consider Swiss Roll).

My own school sports day usually involved me languishing at the back of the sports field wishing it was home time and hating the fact that us red-headed, er, athletes, don’t do well in the sunshine.

So I am determined that Caitlin and Ieuan will have at least a modicum of sporting prowess. They both ran a normal race (see I don’t even know the term) and an obstacle race against the polite applause and cheering of the crowd of parents.

The sound of this was drowned out by the woman bellowing at the front like a wounded buffalo – “mooooove it, moooove it”. Whoops – I don’t know what came over me. In the same way, I cannot explain why I routinely cry at every school play and concert.

Still, I know it’s not just me. I think many mums returned home beaming with pride and updated their Facebook statuses to the effect that their offspring ran like Mo Farah or Jessica Ennis. Hmm. No pressure then.

I tell my two winning is good but it’s all about trying your hardest and taking part. Just in case sporting prowess is inherited from their parents’ genes!

School sports day?  I’m hoping for rain.  And as for the mums’ race – they’ll have to catch me first!