Celebrating our children's achievements are just as important as being there to encourage them on the long and narrow path to 'success'. Our labour of love will never be in vain. On that path there will be many trials and errors, failures and failings but it all represents opportunities for parents to teach/train and for the child to grow. Helping them to cope with the disappointments, as children, is a lifelong lesson for coping when they become adults and will inevitably face disappointments. 

As we share some of our child's celebratory moments with you, we would like it to encourage you to be your child's biggest cheerleader. Encourage them in whatever they do and spend time listening to them, learning about their likes and dislikes, correcting them where there is a character flaw. The more we understand our child/ren, the better able we are to detect when something's wrong. Recognising any issue at its earliest stage, we are able to address it before it becomes a major problem. 

The article shared on the page 'Celebrating Our Children,' grabbed our attention because we remembered when it was our son's turn. We were very excited for him.

The Facebook status update below was our way of sharing our excitement, as well as celebrating with those who were praying for him to do well, those who were sending words of encouragement and those who attended the event.

We shared a picture with that post which gave the rest of the friends and family, who weren't able to attend, a window into what we had experienced.

Javin Ramkissoon as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing | LUTON Library Theatre 


Young Voices Choir - January 2013

Javin sang with the choir throughout Infant and Junior school. At the end of Junior school he had the opportunity to sing at the O2 Arena as part of his school choir, alongside other choirs across the country. This video is a taster of what happened on that evening. 

Video featuring Javin singing at the O2 Arena. 

Spending time with our children will also help us to understand what they are most passionate about and be able to detect and nurture those gifts. Our children all have the potential to do well but we are the ones placed in their lives to call out the greatness within them. They need to know that home is where the heart will be protected and their spirit won't be crushed when they make a mistake, haven't made that target their teachers have set for them or even the target they set for themselves. There is a time for everything under the heavens.  We cannot shield our children from disappointments neither should we refrain from celebrating their achievements.

Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.

Psalm 127: 3-4

'Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep,' comes from Romans 12:15 which helps us to understand that, in the life of each soul we are connected to, there are both joys and sorrows.  Just as a child needs to be encouraged to do their best in whatever they are doing, they also need our understanding, our empathy and comfort when they are hurting. Our son has had his share of pain in his very short life of which we have spent many hours on our knees and sought the prayers and help of loved ones. So as we rejoice with our child there are many who are rejoicing with us as we celebrate his achievements.

If you are tempted to throw out your child's artwork as garbage thinking it's not presentable to share with friends or relatives, we would like to advise against it. The consequence of that act is a very discouraged child. It will send the wrong message to that child, especially if you are celebrating the achievements of others in their presence. It is very important to take time to celebrate your child's efforts. They will grow up thinking their efforts aren't ever good enough. Encourage your little stars. Praise their efforts not just with words but also with treats from time to time, like a trip to the park where they get to do their favourite thing. Play is a child's reward.

Javin in Much Ado About Nothing November 2013 | Luton Library Theatre


 Shakespeare School Festival | St. Joseph's Junior School November 2013

Javin's Art Wall (Wall of Fame) Infant school.

Our living room wall was decorated as his wall of fame prior to starting school and continued throughout Infant school. We knew the importance of 'praise' in encouraging his effort. He knew we were proud of his finger paintings, playdoh and drawings. He was rewarded with stars for each effort in learning to form a letter or put three bricks or lego together to show the total of 2 bricks plus 1 lego.

The time and effort placed into those early years were the key to his latest award (Outstanding Achievement) an award for obtaining the highest grades in his entire year.