Ann Johnston, 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Company, reflects on what it’s like being a Mum to her three children and also shares her experiences of being a BB leader too.
I have three children – Greg is 12, not one to bring attention to himself generally, has a lovely group of friends, loves rugby and pushing the limit of time allowed playing the PS3! Emma is 10 and loves maths, baking and swimming and is a lot more confident than her brother. Ryan is 6 and loves rugby and playing with his pals. He is quick witted and has a wee cheeky sense of humour – no doubt encouraged by being the youngest of 3.
The best thing about being a mum is spending time with your kids, having fun with them, sharing in whatever they are doing and having the satisfaction of them wanting to spend time with you – whether it’s cooking and baking together, going for a walk, playing games or even just all settling down together to watch a movie on a Saturday night.
If I have any regrets about my parenting it is that I wish I had more patience sometimes.
I think the best advice I have received is to keep life simple – we can get caught up in work, school, homework, kids’ activities, socialising and can find sometimes that we have had too much on. Kids grow up really quickly, life is busy and I believe it’s important to not feel obligated to over-commit and take time to appreciate what you have.
I’m not sure if I can judge if life is easier or harder now than it was for my mum to be honest – I do feel that the pace these days is faster but there are more of us driving and able to access more things.
I started volunteering with the BB when I was 17 – my two younger brothers were both in 3rd Bellshill as was my boyfriend at the time. I was OIC for the Anchor Section 11 years, still helped the Juniors with their award programme and also took the Target Awards for the Company Section as they were really understaffed in there too. I then became Captain of the Company for 5 years until I moved to Dunblane and stayed away for a couple of years as my son, Greg, was starting Anchor Boys and I believed it was best for him to not have his mum there at that time.
I have loved every minute of being a volunteer for the BB. I have made loads of great friends, enjoyed watching kids grow up into young men, enjoyed all the training, events, displays and outings and I wouldn’t change it for the world! I have been helping out at 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Company now for the past 5 years and even have my daughter roped in to help on occasion too and we’re loving it!
You can find out more about BB company in Dunblane at their own website.