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Stop saying no! Turn your no upside down.

I get so upset when I hear parents constantly saying no to their children. Don’t get me wrong I myself get days when I feel constantly frustrated and feel like I say no to my kids ALL day. However I also find myself realising I’m doing it, I stop and look at how I am being and change my tactics to hopefully create a better environment for both myself and my kids.

Instead of constantly saying NO I think of distractions and activities I can give them and I try to use other words changing “no! Don’t touch” to “could you not touch that as it may brake, it’s rather delicate”. It’s so important to take a step back and look at your own behaviour as a parent when the air is tense between you and the kids.

I’m not saying this is easy but sometimes just look at you instead of always getting angry with them.

They are children

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Last camp of the year

This weekend we decided to squeeze in a final camping trip before the season is officially over, and it becomes too cold for my delicate toes to cope with the chilly nights. Typically the weather turned almost the day we left and Autumn appears to have officially arrived. Surprisingly though it’s not spoilt it. I have managed to surprise myself with what a hardened camper I have obviously turned into. The kids have not moaned once about the cold (hubby says it’s not that bad) and they have had so much fun playing with the other children on the site. I have enjoyed sitting by the camp fire and keeping my toes toasty whilst reading trashy magazines about the strange things that some celebrities get up to and argue about, as well as discovering which celebrity showed the most cellulite in their bikini this summer, lucky I’m not a celebrity ūüėā
So many people say they would never go camping, I get that I do but if your even slightly tempted to try it, don’t delay, go for it. I’m so pleased I did. Camping has proved to be such a rewarding experience for me and my family, it’s taught me and the kids patients… As the tent and all the bits are put together and taken apart. Team work as me and my husband along with the kids help keep the tent tidy, cook together, clean up together and have fun together. We have learnt to relax which I’m not good at. We have been to some beautiful places and stayed at some fabulous sites. The children have made hundreds of new friends teaching them social understanding as they learn to share and compromise with new children… All in all camping has been a wonderful experience and we can not wait to start our 2017 season. I’m already researching where we can go so any recommendations most welcome.
Happy autumn everyone xxx

Free and cheap days out with the kids-Barton Sping Hills

As I began my summer challenge of trying to find as many cheap and free days out as possible I stumbled across a friends photographs on Facebook. She had been to this beautiful place with a group of mums and children. ¬†Her photographs were full of smiling children splashing around in the water and having a whale of a time… ‘Where was this place?’ ¬†I asked, it looked amazing! BARTON SPRING HILLS was the answer so a plan was made and we were off.

The postcode (MK45 4LA) takes you to St Nicholas Church in Barton le Clay, Bedfordshire. We parked along the road by the church which was fairly quiet. We continued to walk down the road to the end and through a kissing gate which was the start of this fabulous walk. From here the views of the hills are extremely delightful, it gave us a real sense of the adventure to come as we made our way down the tracks. Only a few hundred yards into our walk and we saw a map, from here the little walk we took was to the right over a little footbridge then left through the grassy meadow and trees on up to the base of the hills.

Along our walk the children were able to splash in the stream created by the natural springs, at the first part we came to it was muddy, which was great fun and then as we went further it was more clay like so they had great fun covering themselves in grey streaks of clay. Between the two areas was a lovely wild meadow and woodland walk where we hunted for bugs and wishes.

The hills themselves were beautiful and we had great fun running up to the top and down again.

By the time we went home both adults and children were covered in mud and smiling but extreamly worn out after a fabulous fun day in this beautiful place.

TOP TIP:

1. wear old clothes

2. wellies or water shoes are a must although mine were happy in flip flops as long as weather is hot this is ok.

3. Buggies may have to be lifted over as kissing gates are a little tight

4. Take a towel

 

 

Free summer fun

Before the summer began I made it my challenge to find as many FREE and CHEAP activities to entertain my children as I possibly could. I feel pleased, now that the summer is coming to an end, that I have well and truly completed my challenge and even have a lengthy list of more places to go over the future school holidays.

To make my challenge more difficult my 2,5 and 7 year olds have different interests which challenges the choices I make on days out just that little bit harder.

TOP TIP: My top tip for saving money is to ask older members of the community where they went as children, chances are those places are still accessible and will be fun filled days out for your children. Make the most of nature and utilise the tourist attractions in your area. You will be surprised what fun is on your doorstep. Most people choose to travel to destinations further afield than using local amenities. Research your surroundings and give it a go.

I am in the process of completing reviews on all the places I have been and would appreciate any feedback from my readers if my Instagram or Facebook photos have prompted you to visit any of the areas please let me know. Especially if you went along yourself.

Let the BACK TO SCHOOL planning commence.

Watch out the Pok√©mon zombies are about…

After hearing about this latest craze to hit British turf I felt it necessary to investigate and see what all the fuss was about… Downloading the app was simple and free to my device. The sys…

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Watch out the Pok√©mon zombies are about…

After hearing about this latest craze to hit British turf I felt it necessary to investigate and see what all the fuss was about…

Downloading the app was simple and free to my device. The system set up was straight forward, my username was set and I was ready to go. All I had to do was go for a walk… Simple I hear you say well this soon becomes an addiction, where can I find another character? Wow level 1 complete… Level 2…got to pick the kids up but I Must…keep…going…lol Instantly I could see why people were becoming hooked on this public gaming. Walking around with your smartphone or other device poised in front of you awaiting the appearance of a Pok√©mon character to appear.

Many people question what the fascination is, once you start you can’t stop.

I do worry that we will end up with zombie like people walking around with their heads in their phones not connecting with the outside world. But with parental control I’m sure this won’t be everyone lol

Personally I think it’s good fun, it is encouraging people to get out and walk about, as long as people are keeping safe and nobody trespasses on private land, I really don’t see an issue in having fun whilst running and walking around your local area.

For those of you hit by the bug, have fun but don’t let it rule your life. For those inexperienced in the Pok√©mon Go world. Have a try… You may just like it.

For me and my kids we have lots planned this summer but I’m sure we will have some fun times searching for Pok√©mons as we go on our travels.

HAPPY SEARCHING EVERYONE X

Soft Play Fun- review

I love a soft play Centre and today myself and my little man went to one we haven’t been to before. The staff were so friendly, saying hello to MJ as we went in before me… I like that in places for kids. The price was reasonable compared to others we have visited. The whole place was clean and tidy, the staff were continuously busy. MJ went straight into the play area and had lots of fun climbing, he was able to do all of the areas which he loved, only one area is a struggle for adults but only children able should really go on the larger slide anyway so this wasn’t an issue. I played with him for a little while but was then able to sit and watch him whilst I had a drink… Loved that I could see the whole play area… Easy to keep an eye on him.

I was so pleased to find somewhere that had soya milk and decaf as others I have previously visited had said they wouldn’t sell it ūüėě My hot chocolate was lush. For lunch I ordered a bacon panini, it was lovely but Way to much food on my plate, only half the amount of crisps and salad were really needed. The staff were happy to answer all my food questions (I am fussy) and went out of their way to ensure I was happy. The childrens meal deal was a fabulous price at ¬£3.80 and MJ enjoyed it all. One slight thing, it wasn’t until sandwich arrived that I realised I wasn’t given a choice of brown or white bread for him… Will ask that next time though he did eat it anyway.

Our first experience of the Hive at Shefford in Bedfordshire was very positive and we look forward to go back again soon.

 

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Growing to fast

I’m not sure why this morning was any different but for some reason I was suddenly hit with the sad thought that my babies going up another year group at school… I can’t believe they are changing so fast. I try my hardest to enjoy every second I possibly can with my children and savour every single smile, cuddle and funny moment before they slowly start to disappear and I end up with three grumpy smelly teenagers who don’t even want to talk to me. I’m trying everything I can to keep them young for as long as possible and will feel so sad when I have to let go. My eldest will have her first night away from me with school next year and this makes me feel queasy, I don’t want to have to let go… Why should I? I’m currently sitting here with a cup of tea whilst my youngest naps, this will end soon to and my time will no longer be so free, I quite enjoy the quiet afternoons of me time… I cant stop it but I will try my hardest to slow it all down. Extra snuggles for them all tonight xxx¬†kids on path

 

Seperate beds is not a bad thing?

sleeping apart through pregnancy has been good for our relationship, we have even carried it on post pregnancy as it certainly makes for a happier us.

Throughout my three pregnancies, as many women do I, I was as uncomfortable as the Queen in Jeans… Nothing fit, clothes got tight by the end of the day, in bed I was hot and cold, I couldnt get comfy and spent most of the time surrounded by a dozen pillows stuffed around various areas of my body propping bits up and making me as comfy as possible so I could sleep… Fat chance of that. To add to it I would have my husband who tried hard to let me get on with it but conciquently he would end up clinging to the edge of the bed and suffering with his sleep to. With him having to do an important job each day he needed his sleep so not every night but a few times a week he would retreat to the spare bed for some well needed shut eye. Without this important catch up time we would both end up grumpy together which would just make for a bad atmosphere.

Since having the children I’m now used to these regular catch up sleeps, I’m not¬†saying we have separated completely but I do believe those dignitaries in times gone by certainly had the right idea. Seperate bedrooms are a good idea. I love my husband and actually hate when we are not together at night for what ever reason but as long as he’s in the house… I sleep like a baby. Who wouldn’t benefit from this. It makes the times we are together much happier and has increased our understanding of each other’s needs. Always a good thing.

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