Remote learning, being stuck inside and missing friends and family are just some of the tough things that children have had to deal with over the last year and they ALL deserve recognition for being, well, simply amazing!
We asked parents to nominate their super stars and tell us how they have made the most of a bad lockdown situation. Our city really does have truly fantastic children!
1. Birthday boy
Rachel Gibson said: "My son has just had his 13th birthday. He's not once complained about the situation. He gets up every morning and gets ready for remote learning. He didn't complain that his birthday wasn't going to be what we had planned or that he didn't get what he wanted for his birthday. He was just happy that we could spend the day together."
Kayleigh McCann said: "This my 8 year old sister Matilda. Our mum was diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma during the 1st lockdown & underwent 2 operations, chemo & radiotherapy which she finished just before Christmas. Due to how vulnerable my mum was Matilda had to come & stay with me, my partner & the 3 children we have between us. I took her to see mum on the doorstep when we could but this got too upsetting as nobody could have a cuddle. Matilda never once moaned or complained about the situation & took everything in her stride. I'm so proud of how strong she is."
Stacey Markwell said: "Could not be any more prouder of this superstar Poppy, age 6, who, as we are keyworkers, has had to go to school throughout the pandemic she has found not seeing all her friends hard and not understanding why some are at home when she’s at school on the live teaching. She’s completed smashed learning how to ride her bike and also her reading and writing has come on brilliantly she makes us very proud parents."
4. Sophia and Ella
Samantha Jameson-Briggs said: "My twins Sophia and Ella are 5 this month. We're both keyworkers so they have been able to go to school this time, but hard for them not seeing their friends and family. We rely on my family for childcare, especially my parents, who we weren't able to see in the first lockdown, meaning they were stuck at home with us doing opposite shifts until they started school in Sept. Compared to having about 6 parties in a row last year for them and their friends, it's hard for them to understand its just us this year maybe my parents (childcare bubble). They have still gone into school all smiles every morning."