I’ve just realised that I’ve become a Cristiano Ronaldo expert in the last two days, well not really an expert but definitely now know a lot about him, his personal stats and achievements, his stats compared to Messi (because there are so much debate and competition over who is the better player, Messi V Ronaldo) and how long he’s played for Real Madrid. Did you know that Ronaldo holds the record for most goals scored in a single UEFA Champions League season from scoring 17 goals in the 2013–14 season. Or did you know that he has now scored 499 goals from 752 appearances, or that he is one of the best players around who has two-footed abilities and that he was not only the youngest player ever to have won the FIFA World Player Of The Year Award but is also one of only four players to have won the award three times. He also won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award this year which is the third year in a row he has won this award. Pretty impressive right and I got all that in just a few short interruptions from work over two days.
One of the perks of having a home office, you get to learn heaps of stuff from your kids during the school holidays.
Once upon a time, I used to get frustrated when my kids would constantly come in and interrupt me whilst I was working. Whether it be when they walked in the door from school or during the school holidays with their constant interruptions. But not anymore, and that’s the case for many reasons.
One very important reason for me is because, like many other small business owners, I wanted to create a business that allowed me to spend time with my kids before both of them were adults. So it seemed pretty counterintuitive for a while there that I would get frustrated that they were interrupting me to spend time with me or because they needed to show me something really important.
The reality is though, every time my boys interrupt me, we get to spend time together, talking about stuff they’re interested in and that they love.
Over the past two days, my youngest son has continually interrupted me to show me clips of Ronaldo’s best goals, or his most impressive injuries from tackles or getting taken out during the game. He has relayed information about game highlights, Ronaldo’s greatest ball skills and discussed his reasoning for why Ronaldo is clearly the best player in Football right now. He’s even demonstrated his own different ball skills in my office. We’ve watched short videos where people have pulled off crazy amazing goals and laughed at some of the funniest and most random things that have happened during the games. Sharing this information with me isn’t anything new for my son, it’s just that it’s been super concentrated in the last two days because it’s school holidays and I’m working in my home office.
Another reason important to me is that our kids grow up too fast, and during the teenage years can sometimes shut themselves off to sharing too much information with their parents. This being the case, it’s important to stop and listen to what they have to say, even if it really doesn’t interest you because it’s important that they are heard. I feel it’s important to open up the lines of communication, for some people out there, one of the hardest things for them to do it to pluck up the courage to start a conversation.
I get that it’s hard to always do this, just stop what you’re doing and listen, I still struggle with it sometimes as well, especially if I’m in the middle of a thought process. My son called me out on it earlier today, he came bowling into my office all excited to show me something and I turned to watch him whilst I continued typing the content of what I was doing. I didn’t completely shut off even when I stopped typing and faced him, I sneakily turned back to my laptop to type a couple more words before I forgot them when he called me out, his exact words were “Mum, I’m going to need your complete attention.” No idea where he got that from……..
Time flies and our kids grow up, way too fast! Stop what you are doing, listen to what they have to say, laugh with them and cry with them. Our children can teach us some of our biggest lessons in life and can also teach us stuff that may be useful in a trivia quiz at some point.
Enjoy what’s left of the school holidays.