Overcoming Fears

Last Monday, Little T went on her first-ever school trip.   At first she was unsure about it and constantly told us that she didn’t want to go.  Admittedly I gave in.  I told her she didn’t have to go if she was uncertain about it.

The truth is, I too was hesitant to let her go.  While I trust the school and her lovely teachers, the over-protective-paranoid mother took over me and I was filled with unreasonable thoughts like “What if she doesn’t put her seatbelt on properly?” knowing fully well that the teaching assistants will be there to make sure that they are all strapped safely.  Or what if she’s left behind?  She’s so small, she might be overlooked!  Yes, I know how silly it sounds, and yes, I am that annoying, over-anxious mother you hear in the playground frantically calling out “Careful, you might fall!”  And frankly, I don’t blame you.

I’m so glad my husband managed to talk me out of my lunacy and extinguished my fears and not only that, he also assuaged little T’s uncertainties too.  Yes I know, she was probably just mirroring me, not that I discussed any of my delusional fears with her or even said them aloud when she’s within earshot.  I’m not that crazy.

But she loved it and thoroughly enjoyed herself with her classmates and friends.  She jumped off the bus and said “I’ve been to Port Isaac!”  A fishing village not far from where we live.  If you’re familiar with the TV series Doc Martin, it’s where the program is filmed.

And in spite being tired from her school-trip, she also happily went to her gymnastics class.  My husband and I are definitely proud of our little girl.  She’s learned so much since starting school this September.

As a parent, do you have any irrational fears about your little ones?
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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. Every time our kids go on a school excursion and the big coach pulls in, all the mums get emotional. Not teary but with the coach being so big, the kids look so small and vulnerable. Yikes. Get them all off the bus! Quick!

    • Thank you! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who gets emotional about school trips. She’s the youngest and smallest in her whole class you see… that’s why I worry a lot about her.

      • My daughter is very slight and that concerns me about things like walking home on her own. She is still a bit young as well. My son is a bit of a livewire and I have been concerned about him wandering off on excursions. Excursions seem to bring all those what-ifs to the surface. xx Rowena

        • Little T is the same as your daughter 🙂 That’s why I too worry a lot about her.

  2. Kim Carberry

    Aww! I’m glad she had a great time!
    My 12 year old is going on a school trip next week! I’m terrified! The school is mad! They are taking over 100 kids to the Metrocentre….The biggest shopping centre in the North East on the 18th of December and they have 5 hours to explore with no teacher supervision! I am so scared of her getting lost and then herself getting scared….I am still in two minds about letting her go.

    • 100 kids with no supervision?! Wow. That’s a bit daring. No wonder you’re worried. Hope they send a teacher with the younger ones. As for little T, they have another one scheduled on Feb to watch a show in Truro. Thank goodness though, their numbers are really small!

  3. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    I’m so proud of you for letting her go!! It’s not easy when you are an overprotective mother!
    And yes, I just let people know in advance that I’m “slightly” overprotective, and Mr. T just rolls his eyes and then we all can move on!! LOL

    • I’m so glad I’m not the only one, though I have feeling all mothers are 😉 … Little T doesn’t roll her eyes … yet. I’m sure it will happen soon!

  4. That’s brilliant! I do have irrational fears – mine are usually focused on them having accidents or being ill. Strangely I never worry about school trips, though. I worry when they’re out with me more!

    • I kinda had this stinking feeling that I’m not the only paranoid mum with irrational fears, so it’s really good to know I’m not the only one! 😉 My daughter and I are scheduled to fly overseas, just the two of us and I’m dreading it! It will be our first time, just the two of us. Used to travelling with my husband in tow. I keep thinking of worse case scenarios like losing her in a busy airport, just when we’re about to board our connecting flight! Really should hush those thoughts down, I’m beginning to sound like a crazy woman!

  5. Life in the Wylde West

    yeah for steps of bravery! I’m glad she had a wonderful time at Port Isaac! She is so adorable.

    • Thanks Tracie! Yes, me too. I’m glad I let her go. I have a feeling though that I still have loads of learning to do about this whole motherhood business, especially the part of hushing down my irrational crazy mummy thoughts.

  6. ojosworldO

    You should be proud of yourself too! That’s a big ol mummy hurdle you just jumped. I have to go on all my youngest boys trips, if I didn’t I don’t think I could let him go lol x

    • Thank you! They have another school-trip planned in February and this will be further away. So I might just ask if I could volunteer 😉

  7. Mama Owl | Jooleroo

    I understand completely, it can be hard to let them go and trust our most precious things to someone else. You should be very proud of her, and of yourself! Thanks for linking up to #LoudnProud x

  8. HodgePodgeDays

    Aw I’m glad she got to go on the trip with her friends. We’ve always been anxious parents, but always fought against the loud “no” in our heads, because we can’t always be there to look after him. Well done you 😉

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