Kids are funny creatures aren’t they, you think you sussed them but then something happens and you what!!!! Here are some classic examples where you really wish you could understand but just leaves you even more confused.
Now I have two children which causes some lovely moments but other times hell over really silly things such as why has he got his bed over their on the left side and they so badly want it.
When you don’t give your child that colour plate they so desperately need or else there whole life will fall a part in that instance.
Major suck in having to hold hands with you because they so are grown up when walking home from school and feel they may look like a baby in front of their friends.
The emotional breakdown lasting two weeks after Christmas and having the difficulty to understand that boxing day it ends, haha!
When they are overly tired and you look at them, the filthy look they give you thinking how very dare you look in my direction!
The million and one question where has the hand wash gone (even though it is right at the end) they still have to question you and interrogate you on the new hand wash. Why, it is just bloody hand wash brought from Poundland, it is even the same make for God sake.
Having a breakdown that school is not on a Saturday because they so desperately want to go on that specific climbing frame even though you offered a visit to a better one at the park. It is just simply not good enough.
Having an almighty challenge of getting them into the bath and then later having to battle the tears and tantrums of not wanting to get out ever.
What kind of things baffle you as a parent?
Cheers for reading X
Today is take your child to the library day and therefore I want to write about why I feel it is a positive activity to do regular with your child.
Firstly, if you make it a fun day out for your child, such as getting on a bus, grabbing a drink and checking out the books that are available at your local library. This can be a positive influence on the way that child views reading and furthermore can create excitement and a sense of adventure.
The library is such a brilliant place as it is open to everyone no matter what your background. At the library there is so much choice and diverse range of books to take out for free so you don’t have to worry about how much it is going cost buying books.
Going to the library can give your child the sense of independence in choosing the books that they like the look of. This can also help your child to get motivation to want to read them as it is something that they are interested in the first place.
With getting your children to join up with the library, they have their own library card, meaning that they have there own responsibility. It teaches the child to look after books and also makes sure that the books get back on time or they will quickly learn that if you do not follow rules there will be consequences. Personally, I feel this is such a valuable lesson to learn for the child to learn in life that with choice.
Giving the child the opportunity in accessing the library services allows that child to learn, understand and create imagination. It can help with their education, learning and allow the child to explore. It can also give the child confidence in themselves as they learn more and more information.
Cheers for reading X
When days are wet and you can’t bear another day trapped in the four walls while you slowly go insane then you must check out my safe list of places to go indoors. They are child friendly, dry and more importantly cheap.
1) Go to the library, read some books, choose some books and let the kids check them out. It is all very exciting and costs nothing.
2) Your local garden centre is great as it has lots of random tat and they tend to have a coffee shop. Not to mention if your lucky enough fish to see and everyone is happy!
3) Got to love going to IKEA. Child friendly, free play for 3yo, cheap food and child themed play areas. Both my boys love this place and they can run around causing them to tire them out, #winning.
4) Hit a coffee shop, my boys adore the mini cups as they feel like an adult. I also appreciate the atmosphere as it is a great chilled vibe.
5) McDonalds where you can go get a happy meal and it comes with a toy, what more could child want. I have wrote a post here why I love this place so much!
6) Get on a bus for a adventure. My boys love a good trip out on a bus.
7) We live near a free (whoop) green conservatory area for the public. It had plenty of green and a pond full of fish. Beautiful settings and makes a change for me and the boys.
8) Faithful museums are free and educational.
9) If in dealt go to Pets At Home, it is basically a free zoo.
10) If you want have a sit down in a quite, dark room, go to your local Odean where every morning during holiday time and weekends term time they have tickets for children films for £2.50.
Cheers for reading X
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 😉
Counsellor: you 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.
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.
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
I believe that animals are really great for children and help them learn in so many ways. Let me express them reasons below:
- Animals teach children how to be gentle and soft towards animals.
- Animals can help with learning, mainly dogs because children who are not feeling confident in reading out loud are more willing to do so when dogs are around. They feel more confident in reading to dogs which can really help enhance their education.
- Animals can be loving and be a companion towards children.
- It can give responsibility to the child to learn to clean, feed and make sure the animal is loved.
- Stroking animals can help lower blood pressure and calm down a child who is angry or anxious. By giving the child something to focus on, therefore can help relax the child through touch and stroking movements that are slow and gentle.
- Animals help provide love and build a relationship of trust between child and animal.
- Having animals around can help strength immune system.
- Living with an animal can provide compassion in children.
- Sharing a common interest of looking after animals with other siblings can help enhance the relationship of the siblings because they have a common thing that they are both interested in.
- Having an animal to cuddle can help reduce loliness, isolation and feelings of hopelessness.
Cheers for reading X
We all have them memories of things we did in our childhood, especially for Christmas that we hold on to and want to share with our children. I am going to share some of mine that we do for my children at Christmas.
Let’s start with a golden oldie, leaving a plate with a mince pie, carrot and drink on the night of Christmas Eve. Obliviously, we as parents will have to leaves some crumbs and icing sugar to let child know Santa has been. In the morning when they see the plate they are beyond happy especially as they link to presents.
Having a select day to decorate the tree in December with the kiddos happens every year. It is a challenge for us parents to not want to kill our children due to the chaos but overall it is jolly good fun. That does not stop us adults though sneakily later on in the evening go and rearrange the tree.
On Christmas Eve we get into our comfy clean pjs to settle down early evening and watch whatever ‘premiere’ child friendly cartoon is on and this year. I can guarantee this will be no different this year with we are going on a bear hunt airing on Christmas Eve.
Another tradition that we do is write a letter to Santa to let him know that your child has been good and what your child would dearly love this year. This year my eldest basically wanted everything in Smyth’s store 😉
Followed by at Christmas we do a reply letter from Santa, AKA mummy to tell my little darling how lovely they have been and let’s forget all about the bad times, because Christmas is meant to be all lovely and warm. This will be left for Christmas Day.
Every year with my children we make a Christmas decoration (brought form the lovely Poundland) to go on our Christmas tree.
Finally, the last thing I love doing with my children is on Christmas Day after dinner going for a walk, more than likely to the park. There is something lovely about going outdoors when the majority of people are indoors. There is a strange type of eeriness to it.
Cheers for reading X