My mother-in-law recently described my parenting as ‘free-spirited’…I’m pretty sure that’s not a world away from ‘your children are feral’…
Anyway I’ve been considering this and reminiscing about the last three years with my son while looking back at photos (lots of which were stored on here, so if you are a regular reader apologies for the pictorial recycling!).
Despite coming across as pretty organised in most other aspects of my life, these images have reminded me how much and how often we’ve muddled through in the last three years in a ‘make do and mend’ sort of fashion – my son makes do with his mother and I hope he doesn’t need any mending when he’s older…
I’ve made my peace with it, I mean of course I used to look on with envy at friends with all the gear – a normal sized changing bag, changes of clothes, snacks and even mini tubs of sudocream while I was taking the more
stressful spontaneous route of using my gloves as his socks, muslins as sunhats and, oops, a carrier bag as a bib.
But it’s been A LOT of fun so I thought I’d share the wisdom here. And, yes, you’re welcome.
Transitional/Comfort Objects: From a parent’s point of view these ideally should be something portable, easy for the child to hold onto, washable and replaceable.
Struggling for inspiration? Well, with hardware shops two a penny in most areas what could fit the bill better than a wipe-clean object ergonomically designed for hands…
Crafts: fire the imagination with seasonal designs or recreate their favourite fictional characters:
Family Mealtimes: Sitting up to the table all together is so important for developing family bonds and encouraging conversations.
I’ve heard that chairs are the new tables…and who says you can’t tell the kitchen bin about your day?
Grow Your Own: A top tip to combat fussy eating is to grow your own fruit and vegetables with your child…how could they resist devouring the harvest of their own crops?
Actually quite easily if the snails devour the vegetables and the below totals the entire fruit harvest:
Baking: Sometimes there’s no rescuing this activity from madness. I suggest adding chocolate, patience and low expectations into the mix.
Picture Perfect Picnics: Teach your children in their early years about the importance of distinguishing between real life and the images we are fed in the media. Forget a hamper, ‘picnic pies’ a checked rug and glorious sunshine… Focus instead on car picnics in the rain and the classic option for alfresco eating:
Health & Safety: correct body protection for each activity is a must:
Hot food can cause burns, serve food warm OR provide the child with proper cooling tools:
Finally instil in your child an understanding of the foundation of most workplace H&S policies ‘Slips, Trips and Falls’: