#MySundayPhoto 

Our Sunday has been a fantastic day for mum and children bonding time.

We went to the movies this morning to see Hotel Transylvania 2  and myself and the kids thought it was fab… 

 Oscar was ready and waiting patiently-surprisingly lol 

 Caitlyn looks moody, probably cos mum has the camera in her face again, but she was so excited to see #2. 

After the trip to the cinema, we headed over to SnApPyS soft play, sadly I didn’t get any pictures there. 

How was your Sunday? 

Normally hubby has most Sunday’s off, but this was his day to be in work. 

Hope you all had a great day! 

Thanks for reading xo 

OneDad3Girls

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 

10 games to play with your kiddies!! 

Like any parent with a little crazy and yet a very busy family life, we love to have some peace and quiet and just leave the kids to play on their own, but there are also hours in the day when we get a chance to play alongside our kids…I typically love a walk in the woods or a play at the park but one on one games/challenges are just as fun.

As I spend a lot of time at home (SAHM) I need me time but I also find games I can play with the kids. If there are any you play then keep me posted! 

I have put together a list of games me and the kids play…

  1. Uno- Our top game at the moment. This is a real ‘family’ game and even my little 4 year old is a pro. The kids both get to learn turn taking and understand rules of the game, but it can get quite competitive too!!
  2. Play dough masterpiece competition- fun ways to get involved with an easy competition and create a model from scratch. Really fun and really funny creations can be made. 
  3. Kims game- this was a game I learnt while I was working with children. It’s a great game to develop memory skills. Check out How to play… and have a great game with the kids. See how good your memory is! 
  4. Hangman- another fab family game. Hubby and I started playing again while the kids would be playing at the local soft play. Now our son has shown a huge interest too. It really encourages him to better his spelling, help to learn decoding words and just have fun. He loves playing. 
  5. Duvet den- a fab and fun way to enjoy the indoors while the weather is a little crappy should I say😉!! Role play area or a mini sensory space. Even a little library/music area. Anyway to keep the kids amused lol 
  6. Wii bowling match- yet another great game for the family (if you have the wii) my youngest is a little too young and doesn’t quite understand what she needs to do but she loves watching. Oscar (my eldest) can get very competitive but so can I. I am the family champion to be honest!! 
  7. Flying a kite- we don’t often get a chance to fly a kite but it’s such a fun thing to do on a windy day. Kits are not too expensive and any age can give it a go. 
  8. Kick about (football)- my eldest would happily go out for a kick about at anytime. He loves football and loves playing with his dad or with friends at the park. Me…I won’t have a full on game but a kick back and forth to each other does me fine. 
  9. Storytelling with role play- I love reading to the kids and my littlest loves it the most. She also loves to dress up and join in while I read…setting up a picnic (tiger comes for tea) etc! 
  10. Baking cakes and cookies- of course another favourite in our family is baking together. We love it. They both love to help with adding Ingrediants, mixing and of course licking the bowl and spoons. 

Please let me know what games you like to play with your kids. Any ideas?! 

Thanks for reading xox 😘

Mums' Days

Stressed out MUM-Parenting!

Parenting can be such great fun and can certainly be very rewarding but I also have very ‘scream in the pillow’ and ‘grey hairs’ kinda days/weeks.

My son is 7 going on 17 and yes he knows EVERYTHING and strops like you won’t believe. Drives me up the wall, but of course I love him so very much!

My daughter is 4 and yes she is such a little princess lol! 

I am a SAHM and I love spending this time with them, picking them up from school/nursery, going on play dates etc but I do feel like my brain is slightly shrivelled up and I don’t quite know who ‘Shannan’ is anymore. All I seem to be is MUM not just SHANNAN!! 

As much as I’d like to go back to work, I can’t as Caitlyn’s nursery haven’t any more space for her to go longer in the day. This month we find out about schools-can’t wait! September can’t come any sooner but the. I also don’t want my last little ‘baby’ to grow and change into a ‘BIG GIRL’ as she says.

I do find I have days when I’m constantly shouting, screaming and moaning. The kids don’t want to listen to me, are cheeky and are just playing up, probably because I’m so moody and shouty. Half the time I know it’s premenstral but deep down…I’m tired, bored and need to find something for me to do. That’s why I stared blogging. 

Do any of you mums know what I’m talking about. I’m always looking up ways to find calm and patients and Pinterest is always a good guide. 

Here are a few ideas Iv found for me to look through! 

It’s the holidays and sometimes I really looking forward to them and look forward to fun days out…but sometimes I feel nervous (am I going to shout all holiday?) why can’t I say to myself “relax women and enjoy” is there something wrong with me?! 

How can I be cross with these two!!

 But then on dodgy days I’m like…⤵️

I think deep down I must be too hard on myself and yes I must calm down a little…they are only little for such a short time! 

Hope you enjoyed the read! XoX