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 

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HappyDays – Gratitude List

I haven’t taken part in a #HappyDays linky for a while and it’s about time we write another one, as im sure I have been grateful for a lot of things this last week.

Our week has been full of joy, happiness, excitement and fun. Here are the things I am very Grateful for!!

  • Back to school 
After a fun two week easter break with the kids, I was very grateful in knowing that I was gonna get my two mornings back to have ‘ME’ time.
  • Family & Friends

I am always very grateful for my family and friends and I love them all very much. I have made some great friends lately and felt a lot closer to them and would do anything for them. Making new friends comes pretty easy to me but sometimes it’s hard to know who are genuine or not. I am lucky to say I feel very happy with those who have chosen me to be their friend too. My husband-I am so very grateful for his hard work. He is studying at the moment and leaves for a week to MK next week, I’m gonna miss him very much!  

  • School Placements

Thursday last week was the day we waited patiently to find out what school our youngest was attending…obviously with my oldest at a great school already we weren’t very nervous about her going anywhere but their. We also didn’t really know whether to be excited or not as we are hoping to still move before Sep this year to Whitstable (all depending on whether I find work) so their are mixed emotions. Still, very happy to know we have options. Eekkkk my baby girl is getting far to BIG! 

  • After School Activity – Athletics 

Oscar started attending an athletics club after school at the David Weir Centre!! He has only ettended two sessions but wow is he enjoying it. Now like any boy, Oscar just wants everything to be a race. Race to getting dressed, a race eating food and of course running races. He has already tried high jump, long jump, sprints and other activities. He is very much obsessed and full of drive to beat them. 

  • Building up my Blog 

So recently I have started up my blog via Facebook and it has been going really well. I am so pleased to see the likes on my page rising and I hope I can keep up with making sure everyone is liking what they see on my blog. 

 So we have had a great week and feel another one is gonna get even better. 

Thank you for reading xox

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