There’s one thing I’ve found the hard way since becoming s mum 6.5 years ago, parenthood is hazardous!
We all know that kids spread bugs like wildfire, I’ve lost count of the number of colds they’ve given me. They’ve also helpfully shared with me norovirus, flu, tonsillitis (twice!) and conjunctivitis. However, as I sit here with a fat lip thanks to a collision with a swing, I have to say I wasn’t quite aware pre-kids just how many physical injuries they’d manage to give me!
Spring has sprung,
Summer’s not far away.
Days are getting warmer now,
Time for outside play.
I don’t know why I turned poet just then, it just sort of popped into my head. Anyway, it’s getting warmer and the garden is looking more and more inviting. Time for more outside play, get the kids out there, more fresh air and vitamin D but what exactly can they DO out there? Especially if you have a kid who’s a very indoorsy type of person, how do you convince them to at least spend some time outside. Here’s some ideas to tempt them away from toys and TV and get running around instead.
We all know our children are supposed to do lots of reading, books come home in book bags, library visits are encouraged and book fairs visit school. Reading is what they’re supposed to do but what if your child would rather pick up their toys than a book? Reading doesn’t have to happen before bedtime from the pages of a book, we are surrounded by words and so there’s plenty of things to read that aren’t books.
Firstly let’s face it, some of the story books at school are a bit naff and, whilst children usually get to choose their book each week, for some children they’re picking the best out of a bad bunch. If your child has a penchant for the non-fiction section instead of Biff, Chip and Kipper, they may be reluctant to read what comes home in their book bag.
Life with children can be a monotonous slog. When they’re babies there’s the day in, day out round of nappy changes, snotty noses, playgroups and poo, lots of poo. As they get older, children then have an endless list of homework, after school clubs, weekend activities and hobbies that they want and need their parents to take part in. A never-ending list of things to be done, jobs parents need to do, and all round hard work. It’s not easy being a parent.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love my kids and wouldn’t change anything for the world. Though go on, admit it, you find playgroups and crafts a bit boring too. We do all this stuff because we love them, because we care for their development and, whilst some of it is fun for all, through some of it we can find ourselves bored to tears. Sometimes we need to work out how to put the focus on fun.
Being a parent is hard work and I’m sure many of us have come across the list of jobs parents do. You know the list? The one where it says a parent is a cleaner, nurse, translator, taxi driver, party planner, personal shopper, negotiator, photographer, cook, travel agent, stylist, secretary, teacher, conflict resolution expert and more. On call, 24 hours a day, with no retirement and the only payment is cuddles and possibly big, smooshy kisses from a toddler with biscuit round their mouth.