I decided that it was time that my boys learnt to be independent today. It was getting to a point that they were becoming nervous doing anything without me and I was feeling quite ashamed about this area of parenting that I clearly wasn't doing too well.
So this morning I sent them into Ealing to buy Christmas presents on one of the busiest days of the year. Maybe not the best plan but certainly a baptism of fire and if they could get this right - lots of people, busy traffic, freezing - then they could do a lot more. I gave them a time limit of 2.5 hours as they had never bought presents before and I assumed they would be indecisive.
Well, 40 minutes later they were back home.
Had been to tesco (which was mobbed), tie rack, H.Samuel and a perfume and card shop. I have no idea how they did that and walked just over 1/2 a mile to the shops and back home in 40 minutes - must take after their dad!
So now they think they can take on the world and I have my ready made servants who can go and buy me a pint of milk when I run out.
Unfortunately DS1 informed me that DS2 was trying to dodge the cars whilst crossing the road rather than waiting for the green man, so he is not going out on his own without risk averse DS1 for the forseeable future. Of course his mother has not been a good role model in this department.
Sorry for the waffle, but I am incredibly pleased and proud and I am now planning their first solo underground trip!
EDIT: Oh dear, started writing this feeling really chuffed and now feel a bit weepy as this is the first step to my boys really growing up and eventually away from their very needy mother.