Surviving Sundays as a Parent!

Sundays used to be lay in’s and breakfast in bed and catching up with friends and Sunday lunches at the pub…

Sunday’s before kids were great and yes Sunday’s as a parent are great too…cuddles in bed with your babies, baking Sunday treats with the kids and going on winter/Summer walks  with the family are special memories made. 

When the hubby isn’t working we love to just ‘be’ together, but as the school years go on and there is more homework to be done, more writing and more research comes in to play and that’s when parenting becomes a challenge. 

Do you have patience? Can you be understanding? Do you get easily stressed? Do you choose the right times to partake in homework? Do you bribe the kids? 

I ask these questions because 1) I DONT HAVE PATIENCE 2) I CAN BE UNDERSTANDING but I am also quite military and a huge perfectionist (awful I know, but I hope it’s a good thing, SOMETIMES) 3) I GET EASILY STRESSED OF COURSE, if you don’t then you’re full of crap lol 😉 4) I GUESS I MIGHT NOT ALWAYS CHOOSE THE RIGHT TIME TO DO HW and 5)…of course I BRIBE!

Sunday seems to be the day that most parents crack down on homework and express there ‘delight’ in sitting down with the kids and finish off a piece of work that needs to be in on Monday. Facebook is very popular with parents writing ‘Its Sunday, that only means one thing, HOMEWORK TIME,’ How can we turn this dreaded time from bad to good?!

A lot of kids receive their homework on a Thursday or Friday and some friends I know get the work done straight away and ‘bribe’ the kids with a fun weekend at theme parks or cinema trips. This is a trick we used to do but since we moved, I have still been out of sink and not completely settled with the ‘new school’ homework routine.

I still have lots to learn when it comes to homework and undergoing homework in a peaceful environment, but here are a few tips and helpful ways to make homework a much more enjoyable experience (I hope I can bring these helpful tips into practice myself)

  • Choose a good time of day when the kids are ready, (warn them) make up a routine for the day and allow them to see when homework will have to be done in writing.
  • Make sure they are fed and watered.
  • Make sure they have had their toilet break too – my son will find anyway to distract himself.
  • Bring out all the necessary items you might need i.e computer (research) pencils, rubber, homework books etc
  • If you have other kiddies (younger or older) get them to find something to do in another room so there are no distractions.
  • BREATHE…every second you can lol if it’s allowed lol have a vodka and Coke beside you (I’m not talking get tipsy) lol
  • I found this message, I feel all parents must read…  
  • Maybe choose the ‘harder’ homework to do first so it’s out of the way.
  • Instead of doing it ALL in one day, maybe do a couple bits of the homework each day. A teacher from Oscars school said that doing the homework in small batches makes for better work, so that way mum and child are not stressing out to much. Well that’s easy said than done lol! 
  • Reward them if it’s been a success, with a play on the Wii or iPad or a trip to the park.

Do you have any tips for myself or other mums/dads that you use during homework sessions? 

Hope homework gets easier…oh wait wishful thinking lol

Thanks for reading xox 

The 2 P’s-Packing & Parenting! 

Well who said PACKING and PARENTING during the summer holidays was easy….might need to be put in a straight jacket with a bottle of wine by next week lol!!! 

Ok a little harsh but when you find things you haven’t had out for months to pack away, then the kids decide to play with it, it’s just not gonna work for me and the packing will take slightly longer in that case. What to do? 

Now people have said, get the kids involved and get them to help with the packing of there things but Iv watched this happen and found a large box had about 4 things in it and they where just about ready to tape it up lol.  I’m sure I could have put a lot more bits in that box.

Today I have just done what I can, played with the kids and taken them to the park for some fresh air. Luckily they are heading out with their Aunty this afternoon so I get some me time. Praise the Lord!! 

I have 3 more days of chaos but luckily the eldest is heading to a holiday camp for one of the days and hubby is around Thursday to dismantle and clean with me. 

Can’t wait to get the move done and dusted! We will miss Sutton oh so very much! 

Anyone have moving tips, packing tips or just any parenting tips for us during this exciting yet nervous time for my family? 

Thanks for reading xox  

 


D for Dentist Drama!  

So we all pretty much hated the trip to the dentist when we were little, didn’t we? 

I sure did and I remember mum having to bribe me to go. “You can have a toy if you listen at the dentist” 

Oscar my eldest has always been very good going to his check ups and so has my youngest Caitlyn, but all of a sudden the trip we went to 2 weeks ago and the trip we did today was a complete and utter flop. Madam has had a complete breakdown on the dentist chair and refused to have anything prodded in her mouth even if  our dentist is a good friend. 

She was threatened with us saying we would have to take her to the hospital if she doesn’t listen now. That still didn’t make any difference. There was no way she was having her teeth checked. 

Sadly she does need 2 teeth sorted out as she has a hole in each tooth (bad mummy 😪) sweets and treats have been reduced or at least tried to be reduced to ‘not much’ but even that can be tricky. What to do? 

The appointments are rushed and myself and Caitlyn are put under pressure, so we are hoping to have another appointment before we head to Whitstable, taken over two apps and daddy is for sure taking her this time. Is it awful to say that I can’t cope we her melt down. Just hope daddy can do a better job at sorting her out lol! 

Anyway wish us luck😱😢😆😂!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for reading xox 

 

Mummy role #28 NURSE!!  

So us mums and dads have many a role right….we have many jobs and play many parts when it comes to being a parent. These roles might include: 

  • Teacher 
  • Psychologist 
  • Driver 
  • Mentor 
  • Friend 
  • Cleaner and so on….
  • ….but when it’s time to play nurse we feel sometimes helpless and sad that our little ones are not feeling well. 

It might be a bump or a fall in the park or feeling a headache coming on and a temp starting but we must be on call for our kiddies and we hope we can do all we can to make them feel better. 

The weather these days seems to be a little confusing. One minute it’s 28 then it’s 15 degrees….can’t you just make up ur bloody mind. Oh wait we live in England😜!!

So what with the sudden change of weather and unsure what to wear outdoors, this can bring on sickness and illnesses to others around us very quickly and the popular sickness going around at the moment is the SICKNESS BUG😷😤😰!!

Kids catch each other’s coughs and colds so quickly and it drives me up the wall. Can’t stand to see kids with runny noses. 

So now my little girl has that horrid runny nose and not such a good cough either. Madam NEVER sleeps in the day unless she is unwell and it seems that after I told her to have a chill out on her bed, I have walked in 10 mins later to find her asleep and obviously not feeling well.

It seems us ladies in the house catch these colds a lot more than the men and we seem to suffer more too. I don’t think it’s man flu for men but MAN FLU for women lol! 

So now madam isn’t well I think it’s time for my role to change from cleaner to nurse. 

What is needed to be a mummy/daddy nurse: 

  • Be loving and offer sickness cuddles.
  • Be on demand to offer fluids, meds and blankets. 
  • Supply playdough on a tray with cutters for while they lay on the sofa or in bed.
  • If they have a cough then NO dairy and NO sweet products as this can make coughs worse.
  • Just love and cuddle them always but put that MASK on if you do t want to catch it! 
  • Apply Vix on feet and chest….and drink lots of water! 

Let’s just hope this isn’t on going. Hope you feel better soon Caitlyn! Mummy nurse is here! 

Thanks for reading! XoX 


Mummy Monday #2 

 Being a stay at home mum can be very busy and very tiring but I’m also lucky to get a couple mornings to myself while my littlest goes to nursery. 

Monday mornings she is at nursery so I try to get stuff done while she is out : washing, cleaning, shopping BUT I also fit in a little ‘ME’ time. 

Wait what is ‘ME’ time? I’d say these are my chosen treats…

  • Quiet ‘HOT’ cuppa
  • Reading a magazine/book 
  • Watching MY shows (no Disney Channel or Nic) 
  • Blogging in peace so I can think straight 
  • Cleaning with NO kids in my way – they like helping but I find i secretly do it again when they not lookibg 😉 except when they make their beds, they are doing well with that task) 
  • Food shopping
  • Meet with friends  
  • Sitting and putting my feet up 

Although I love this time I get to myself, I am also making the most of these next few months till she starts ‘BIG SCHOOL’ in Sep and I have to look for a job AGAIN lol! 

Our Monday consisted of me collecting madam at 1 and popping home to take the shopping in and make up a mini picnic for us. 

Then we headed to the park and have been chilling here ever since. We have played with friends, snacked on our treats (sausages, cheese biscuits, grapes and had a sneaky ice cream) and Iv had a chin wag with the mums. 

The sun is out but it’s a little breezy and I haven’t brought a coat #MummyFail 

We have had a fab few hours and look forward to more picnics and play dates in the sun.  

Mummy daughter shoes 👟👣  

 Mummy daughter bags 👜👛 

Thanks for reading xox 

Fantastic educational Apps we love…

There are so many fantastic apps out their for kids to play and learn. 

My children are completely addicted to  games and love exploring new apps. 

Here are a few we have tried and tested and some we plan on trying out ourselves…  

Room on the Broom (4+) £0.79p

  • Collect starts as you fly 
  • Pick up all her friends (dog bird and frog) 
  • BEWARE of the dragon 
  • Catch letters and spell phonics words 
  • Great visual images as is in the book

My kids love the book and love the film on AmazonPrime. Definitely good for the little ones. 

 

Justin’s World – Alphabet Machine (4+) £2.99 

  • 26 comedy clips by Justin 
  • Interactive games 
  • Fun learning based around PNS (Primary National Stratery) 

 

Endless Alphabet (4+) £4.99

  • Word games teaches children letters 
  • Over 50 words to learn and play 
  • Animation teaching the children the meanings of the world
  • No scores, No failures… just allowing the children to play / explore at their own pace 

 

Endless Reader FREE

This is a free app and allows the children to learn simple words. They are then put into a sentence which also shows brilliant animation of what the sentence is about.

  • Bold colours 
  • Simple words 
  • Simple sentences 
  • Buy to allow for more words and more sentences 

 Thinkrolls (4+) £2.29 

  • Create little problem solvers 
  • Navigating 
  • Physics puzzlers 
  • Build on – Observation, Reasoning, Problem Solving, Spatial Cognition and Memory 

BOOKS 

  • A Bear Called Paddington £2.49
  • Baby Bear, Baby Bear, what do you see? £6.99
  • Zoo animals – Touch Look Listen £1.99

Hope you enjoy these fun apps….

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Mornings with Madam

Mornings with madam are becoming much more fun and girlie as my princess gets older.

We love to spend our mornings together either making plans with friends or enjoying each others company, playing, drawing, cleaning (my little helper) and sharing each others snacks (little food monster)

I’d say the last week my little girl is growing more and more attached to her babies, dolls and teddies.It’s either sleep time with every duvet and blanket in the house or they are set up in the living room to watch their favourite film\show. She is obsessed with playing mummy and telling them what to do. The moody and very bossy role-playing must be a reflection of what I’m like…oh dear, my mother tells me I’m bossy but I don’t believe it one bit, LOL!!

I certainly miss spending time with my boy, but I’m very happy I am able to put CJ into nursery one afternoon a week so that I get special time with OB and do the things we love together, just mummy and son.

What fun things do you do with your children? Do you have to split your time with each child, so you get a chance to see them as little people? Do you feel bad and wonder if your leaving one out?

Parenting is tough, but we do the best we can!

“Love HARD Love FOREVER”

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