I have been fortunate enough to have had a bit of interest about Invisible Thread. What is it actually about? Why have you started this blog? What does Invisible Thread actually mean? What experience do you want to share? And why?
WHAT IS INVISIBLE THREAD ACTUALLY ABOUT?
The first question is quite simple. Invisible Thread is very much a forum for parents to share experiences and discuss when their teen makes the huge decision to go to university. Why is it such a big decision? They’re leaving home! Ok, there may have been the holiday to ‘Maga’ (that’s Magaluf to us all!) with their mates aged 16 or 17. This is an absenteeism on a far grander scale. I have spoken with, parents whose teen just went to the next town a few miles away. My son chose the North West! Who knows where my daughter will choose next year. Basically, it really doesn’t matter where abouts in the country they go. They are leaving home. One parent I spoke asked the simple question, ‘ what about me?’ Her first born had just left home and she wasn’t sure quite what to do next.
WHY HAVE YOU STARTED THIS BLOG?
This is a bit about the LIGHTBULB MOMENT! I have chatted informally to many parents – friends, acquaintances, people I do Pilates classes with – over the last three years. There have been so many emotions. Pride. Worry. Envy (yes, I chose not to go to university). Fear. Deep joy. And so it goes on… Most of these conversations remain within the family confines. It rarely seems to be talked about outside the family unit. This is why I started this blog. I want to find a forum where, we as parents, have a safe place to share experiences, decisions, plain thoughts. This is why the idea of Invisible Thread came about. I started with the title oddly enough.
WHAT DOES INVISIBLE THREAD ACTUALLY MEAN?
I actually don’t know where this title arrived. I knew I liked it though. My understanding of the meaning of Invisible Thread is simple really. It’s that unseen connection between you and your child. It’s not telepathy or anything like that. It’s the knowing that there is that hidden bond and how to use that bond without smothering your teen. However, I would love to know your thoughts on what the phrase Invisible Thread means to you…
WHAT EXPERIENCE DO YOU WANT TO SHARE?
I remember clearly the month. September. The year. 2015. The place. Chester University. We travelled up to Chester and treated it like a mini break. We spent a fabulous day in Liverpool. We toured around Chester City itself. It was only when we took our son to Chester University campus and he collected his keys to the Halls of Residence that the reality set in. Our son was going to start university and wasn’t coming home with us. This was not a short break afterall. After helping him move into his new home – a nice little en-suite room with shared kitchen for three students; we took him to the local supermarket to purchase food supplies. That day, all the supermarkets in the surrounding areas must make a massive profit! It took a while to realise that our son wanted to get on with the business of meeting new people and starting the occasion that is Fresher’s Week. It was time to leave and return to the bed and breakfast as a family of three – not four. That realisation suddenly became real. Those past few years studying for GCSEs and then A levels culminated in us aiding and abetting our son to leave home. I cried alot of tears and then realised that, somehow, I had to let him go. But keep that silent line of communication together
Why does anyone start a blog? To share information, perhaps. I just wanted to start a conversation. Plain and simple. I really hope you can join me…
So, welcome to Invisible Thread! This is the start of something for us all