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Well now, that was a big surprise

18 Nov

My gorgeous children

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I was of course over the moon . That was five years ago now and I can’t believe how much has changed since then.  I used to be a career woman, I loved my own space, loved to read and relax, liked to buy nice things. My priorities have become rather different since then.

I had an idea of the type of mummy I would be and I have to say that it was nothing like the mummy that I am.  I never thought for a minute that I would use cloth nappies on my children (let alone end up starting a business around them!), I didn’t really think I would breastfeed and I didn’t imagine for one minute that I would resign from my  job at a local hospice in order to be a stay at home mum.

When my baby arrived my grand plan went out the window.  She looked up at me for the first time, our eyes met and everything else just faded into insignificance.  I have become a different person.  Some things I think have changed for the better.  I have changed my outlook on life, I have broadened my horizons, learnt new things, met new people.   I have learnt how to love unconditionally even when exhausted through lack of sleep and sore nipples.

Some things have changed for the worse.  I have very little relaxation time, we have no money, I have less patience…  I’m not the perfect mummy that I wanted to be but then, who is? My relationships have changed. Visits with old friends are few and far between and I have made new friends through my children. I now have to share my parents with two demanding children who will always be centre of attention and that’s just as it should be.  My husband and I have very rare nights out and if we do we are usually home before 10pm.

So if anyone tells you that becoming a parent won’t change you, don’t believe a word of it.  If you do, you’ll be in for a big surprise. How has becoming a parent changed you? Or do you feel that you have not changed at all?


Simple autumn crafts for children

18 Oct

We love the autumn in our house! We love walking in the woods looking for pine cones, acorns and chestnuts, kicking up the leaves or even taking them home in a bucket! The children love nothing more than running around trailing some kind of stick or branch behind them or playing ‘going on a bear hunt’.

This time of year also inspires me to get crafty with them and we’ve loved getting stuck into some real autumnal activities in the last month.  Here is a little round-up of our favourites.

Apple printing

Great fun for all children aged around 18 months upwards.  Just use any kind of poster paint, cut the apples in half and put both paint and apples on a plate.  If you stick little toddler forks into the apples, this acts as a useful handle to help them dip the apples into the paint.

Thomas loved being able to ACTUALLY paint the apples!

Leaf suncatchers

We have some lovely coloured leaves in the garden, especially the ones on our grapevine.  I thought it would be nice to do something that would make the most of these beautiful colours.  I took some laminate sheets and opened these up for the children. We had a nice collection of leaves that we had gathered in the garden and I put these on the table for the children to choose from.

Lily makes her own arrangement

When they had finished their arrangement of leaves I then sealed the laminate paper by putting a tea-towel over it and ironing it.  This worked pretty well but I’m sure it would look better if you used a laminating machine.

Here are the finished masterpieces!

Woodland Creatures

When you’re next out and about, take a bucket for your little one and encourage them to collect interesting things from their walk, such as acorns, seed cases etc.  When you get home use some air dry clay or play dough to turn your collection into a family of woodland creatures!

Lily's woodland creatures

And the family is complete!

Leaf printing

Another easy activity for young children.  Give them some paint, paintbrushes and leaves and let their imagination run wild! Lily used some red paint to colour her leaves, pressed them onto the paper and then turned the leaf prints into butterflies.

Beautiful Butterflies - by Lily

I am adding this post to the Nurture Store Play Academy, click here to see all the other lovely posts and get some fantastic play ideas

Will your child be missing school for this year’s holiday?

24 Mar
at the beach

Image by Caligold via Flickr

With the holiday season looming, and many of us thinking about booking that well-earned break, how tempted are you to take your children out of school and go during term time? According to travelsupermarket.com, savings of up to 70% can be had if you avoid the school holidays. To me, that’s a massive temptation and I’m sure we are not the only parents who will feel this way, given the current economic climate.

But you should be careful. Whilst the government, as you’d expect, looks unkindly on this sort of absence, in fact it is the school that has ultimate decision making powers. They can authorise up to 10 days of leave in exceptional circumstances – and cheaper holidays might not be viewed as exceptional. They are able to issue ‘truanting’ fines of £50 for unauthorised absence, but compare this to the potential savings from taking a holiday during term time and how much of a deterrent is it?

Taking your children out of school can have a substantial effect on them, especially if they are approaching important exams, struggle in areas like English or Maths or if the leave is at the start of a new term.  If they are young, they might struggle to catch up with friendships in class. Some would argue, however, that a hands-on experience of a new country or culture is an education in itself and could be beneficial in many ways.

Whatever your opinion, there are financial savings to be made .It seems that just in our local area, head teachers of different schools can have very different opinions about this subject.  Some completely understand the dilemma faced by parents and are relaxed about the issue, whilst others are more strict in their interpretation of government guidelines.

In my opinion, the travel and holiday companies make a killing out of this situation – perhaps it’s those organisations who have questions to answer.

How supportive is your child’s head teacher about this?