We’re trying to get the kids as involved as possible about the potential move right from early on. We want them to feel part of the decision-making process and we hope that our family holiday in the summer will really get them fired-up and enthusiastic about the idea. I asked my six year old daughter what she thought (at this very early stage in the proceedings) what she thought about the concept of moving to France. As is her way, she wrote me some sentences to share her thinking:
- I want to go to France because I can see my boyfrend. (We have Japanese friends who currently live in Paris. They have a son who is a similar age to my daughter and they got along really well when we went to visit them, despite not being able to speak the same language.)
- I hope there will be lots and lots of teddys espeshally my brothers teddy a dog called Harry. (She’s always looking out for her little brother!)
- I am going to love living in France because there is going to be a swiming pool in are garden. (Oops, we may have over-sold the potential accommodation.)
- And I am going to love it because we will get are own farm. IT IS GOING TO BE VERRY FUN. (Yep, definitely selling a dream here rather than what may actually come to pass – though if Grandma gets her way, she may be in luck. The latest talk is of Alpacas!)
- I am verr scard of lurning French because I might not be aball to say them. (Yeah, me too.)
- I know there will be fish and that is my favrout food. (I’m very surprised that food is not right at the top of the list.)
I’m hoping to get some thoughts from my four year old son soon, but these are not likely to quite so positive as my daughter’s. Let’s just say that he’s not quite so receptive to change.