Forget Tomorrow! Appreciate All-The-Little-Things Today!

Child painting black & whiteAre we are so preoccupied with the next milestone for our children that sometimes we forget to stop and appreciate how far they’ve come?

Recently I watched a class of 4 year olds perform their first assembly item ever! Assembly items are dear to the hearts of many Australians, but if you’re not familiar with the concept, let me explain.

Assembly Items

Which 2 words bring a teacher out in a cold sweat?

Which 2 words fill a parent’s heart with joy?

Which 2 words fill children with either love or loathing?


Primary school children around Australia are made given the opportunity to perform an ‘Item’ in assembly once a year. They take to the stage for about 20 minutes to sing, share their learning and generally entertain their peers and parents. During the week of an assembly item the classroom is transformed into a production line of painting, sticking and rehearsing.

You know it’s the morning of an assembly item when:

  • Children are seen in the playground with furry ears and tails
  • Teachers develop twitches and can be heard humming ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ obsessively
  • Parents with large cameras are spotted jostling for pole position in the assembly area
  • Girls get very giggly and let out high pitched squeals
  • Boys take to meeting in the toilets to avoid their Mum’s attempts to wipe their faces or flatten their hair (again)

The Moment of Glory

The anticipation is high as your child takes to the stage. He walks (slowly) towards the microphone with a face serious enough to deliver the SBS News and declares:

I’m Travis and I like hot chips.

Your camera is snapping like mad, Dad’s got the video rolling, capturing every doleful syllable for eternity. This is Travis’ moment of glory, to be replayed at his 18th, 21st, 40th, and 60th! If only he knew!

Proud Mummy Moment

My children’s assembly items have all been adorable Proud-Mummy-Moments that I treasure, but they are equally hilarious for their droll delivery and absolutely un-smiling faces!

But on this occasion I was not watching my own children, so didn’t have the distraction of taking photos, or competing for the best view.

I just sat back and enjoyed the show.

From ABC To Algebra

It was somewhere between the shapes song and the alphabet recital that I had a light-bulb moment!

It was only 6 years ago that Berry had been that small…how had I forgotten so quickly?

Only 6 years ago Berry had just learned to name a square, count to 20, and remember the letters of the alphabet. How amazing is it that now he’s learned to calculate the square root of a number and is using his ABC in equations!

Am I so busy looking ahead to the Next-Big-Thing

that I’ve forgotten to appreciate All-The-Little-Things?

All The Little Things

As a Mum of an emerging teen I am more conscious than ever of the speed at which time is passing. And I don’t want to miss a minute.

I want to appreciate my children and all they’ve become every. single. day.

Today I’m opening my eyes with new wonder on All-The-Little-Things:

  • How he ties his own shoe-laces
  • Makes his own lunch
  • Says please and thank you
  • Can ride a bike
  • Asks how my day was
  • Hugs me in the morning
  • And sleeps through the night!

So close your eyes and open them afresh today and see,




  1. Emma says:

    Ahh this was lovely to read today! As a teacher I do feel the fear of the assembly days but love the advice of take a moment to appreciate your child and how lucky you are to have them…

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks Mac, those assembly items are just gorgeous aren’t they! I’ve experienced them from the point of view of a teacher and a Mum, but although the stress levels differ, they’re always cute!

  2. Janine says:

    How gorgeous. I love assembly days, although ours are over now I think, with M transitioning to high school. I even cried at his last one – their year 6 graduation. Even though he’s not my son, I was proud as punch!

  3. tamzen temple says:

    With a four year old, it’s all the new words and phrases and the wonder of “where the heck did they get that from”. or telling me “mum you’re beautiful but you should really do something with your hair…” it is the moments we remember but more-so the feeling in that moment of joy, love and remembering when I washed my hair last..
    Great post.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Tamzen, there’s never an age where you feel you know exactly what to expect from your children, it’s an exciting adventure when you never know what will come out of their mouths next!!Thanks commenting.

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