Why playgrounds are ace

Hey readers,

 

If you are a parent you would have experienced taking your child to the playground. I think they are brilliant resource for everyone to use and here is why.

They get you out the house and get you away from the four walls or watching too much tv.

Playgrounds are a great way of getting a change of scenery and be surrounded by green. Sometimes, just getting away from the same places is a blessing in disguise.

If there is one thing I love more then anything in the world as a parent is finding fun things to do with my child that are free because let’s face it children come with a bloody big price tag, especially when they hit school. So, if I can save some money somewhere then going to the playground is one. Plus it helps with keeping children entertained and stop complaining for awhile that they are a bored.

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Playgrounds are great for exercise, playing chase, walking or even pushing a child on the swing all contributes to keeping you active.

Going to the playground allows you to blow some cobwebs of and get some much needed fresh  air. It also provides a mental boost, and helps clear your head. It really is amazing such a small and simple activity can have a huge impact on making you feel less crap and giving you the change to think more clearer.

Visiting a playground outdoors gives the child the opportunity to get vitamin D from being out in the fresh air and  help build strength in their bones.

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Playgrounds encourage free play, where the child decides what they want to do, they can even make up their own games or use their imagination on the playground apparatus. This next  point coincides with the above one in the fact that a  child can test out there communional skills with socialising with other children at the playground. Therefore possibility  of working together to establish what they want to do. There is also the positive effect of finding a person to share the enjoyment of play with someone who has similar interests in what they like to do in the playground.

Therefore I conclude that playgrounds are ACE!

Cheers for reading X

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What is Home?

Hey readers,

The people of Wayfair went on the hunt to find out what home is for people. This is what Wayfair did:

We hit the streets of London over the Easter weekend equipped with an armchair and a microphone to find out what home really means to us! The findings were both insightful and heartwarming, exposing that our homes are much more than just buildings or places, they are family, comfort, inspiration, happiness and much more. Not only that, but we spoke to a further 400 recipients across the UK & found that over 71% of people coined the sofa as the most important item of furniture in their home, placing the importance on socializing and making use of communal spaces (or being couch potatoes if you look at it another way!)  

Wayfair are doing a campaign on ‘What is Home?’ and for me personally home is not necessarily the physical things but the meaning associated with home. It is safety where when I close the front door I can come into my home and feel less judged.

You see I am autistic and I struggle going out in the outside world, so knowing I have a place where I can relax and not have to put on a mask is comforting. It makes me feel less anxious especially after a hard day, I can come home to my family and just be me without the fear of being judged.

Home is a place where I don’t have to be agitated or on guard, I can kick back on the sofa and just be. Enjoying the calm moments of reading a book with a blanket whilst my two boys are playing next door together with their Lego.

It feels like home because I am a mum and I provide all the needs for my children where they can fun but also develop as children. Where they will hold the memories for years of all the happy times of their childhood.

It is times when we lounge on a Sunday as a family scrawled out whilst watching Big Heads and rooting for King Henry VIII over Donald Trump.

Home is where we get excited about the small things we can do together as a family like watching a sunset or have Sunday dinner and discussing why mummy is called poopoo, while the boys are in hysterics over the hilariousness of it all.

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What does home mean to you? What ideas stir up when you think of home?

Cheers for reading X

Cuddle Fairy
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Evening air

Hey readers,

One of my favourite times of year is spring/summer in the early evening, where the sun goes low and everything appears quite. I love to open my back door and feel the air breeze linger in, giving the my living room that fresh feel.

I associate it with a fond childhood memory of when I was a little girl spending the evening at my grandparents back garden whilst Coronation Street was blasting away in the evening and the back garden was free  to roam.

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We used to run around and feel like wild animals in the long grass and trees shaded at the back. I also have a vivid memory of the tall tree standing sole and saw the crisp green of the leaves shining down the sun was high.

The dirt felt good in your hands and everything felt so free, there was no worries just the simple enjoyment of being outside and not wanting to come in.

Me and my siblings raced around in and out of the dried out clothes hanging on the line, laughter was dominated and the days felt so long.

I helped my nanny get the washing down from the line and fold it away in the basket. Maybe, that is I don’t find hanging washing on the line a chore but more of a pleasure and I do for relaxation.

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I always remember hearing the man with his tune of his van stop for my nanny to buy goods such as bananas.  Or the way the sun leaked into the nettings, Oh the memory is still strong.

I feel more calm in the early evening, when the light is low and everything feels like it is on a break until the morning where the work gets picked up and started again.

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These are the simple memories we hold and so funny how we associate a lot of our childhood to things we can enjoy now.

Happy times!

Cheers for reading X

The many facades of a parent

Hey readers,

You never really understand what it is like to be a parent until one day you become a parent. I know cliche but so, so true. When I am thinking about my role as a parent there is so many different roles that make up a parent. There is more then just the practical side of just keeping the child alive and well. So I am going to uncover some of the roles that I do when I am playing the role as parent.

Entertainer: You are chief organiser of keeping little ‘uns entertained through the long hours of the day. You are the one person who a child relies on when they are bored, irritated and got nothing to do. They will come for you and hunt you down until you cleverly thing of something to occupy them even if it is just helping put the washing away.

Cleaner: Yep you clean them, bath them, do all the washing, cleaning, and cooking. Never would I imagine being one of those people that say that there is never enough hours in the day, jeez I am a fully fledged parent now doomed to get pleasure from reaching the end of the washing basket for all the length of two minutes 😉

Counselloryou will be their to comforter your little ones through the great pains of life. You will hold there hand and try to find the words that are suitable. You will try to listen to the irrational ideas and try to think like a five year old which for me is pretty dame hard. But a skill that you develop, some more then others, *ahem*.

Debator: as soon as your little joy learns to talk you will find that you have to learn the skill of saying the right thing and thinking on your feet for them tricky questions like why can’t I be a woman? what is love?  why do people die young? Also you need to have the right amount of information for suitability for the child. I personally find this tricky as you can easy get into a tangle web without even thinking about it.

educator: You are responsible in educating your child, making sure that they know how to use the toilet, learn to speak, communicate, read, write, develop some sort of emotional intelligence. You don’t realise how big this responsability is. It feels like a never ending journey, as soon as you smash one milestone another challenge emerges.

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Negotiator: this is challenging especially if the child does not like the word no. It can be tricky  during the time when they are two but lets face it they don’t like being told what to do at any age. Sometimes you have to meet in the middle where both child and parent are happy. If you have two children you have to teach them that they have to share and they will soon learn the harsh reality that life is a bitch and you can’t always get what you want. Although, sometimes you can and that is good enough.

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Referee: this is aimed at if you have two children or more. All day long I am constantly having to break up arguments, stopping  the rough and tumble that gets out of hand and try d generally to stop World War Three from kicking over both of them wanting the blue sodding plate. Best advice I can give you if you have two children is ALWAYS make sure that if you buy them something make sure that the other child has exactly the same. It doesn’t matter whether it be a sweet or a 99p balloon, they will argue over it and moan about why they haven’t got the same thing as the other child.

Cheers for reading X

Cuddle Fairy