Spring is kind of happening. The clocks are changing shortly, there’s a whisper of warmth in the sun, blossom has started to come out. It’s time to get your kids planting. Let them see if they have what it takes to be a good mummy or daddy, and consider someone other than themselves. Feeding, watering – watching it grow. And I have the perfect vessels for this – Peropons. Look at these playful guys…
Now I know there is a growing movement about women choosing not to be a mother. There are benefits to not being a mother. Let’s explore a few..
Sleep. Blissful, uninterrupted sleep. Not needing to wipe any bottom – except your own. Your hands – soft – not rough and aged from washing them after touching aforementioned bottoms or grimy kids hands. No one walking in whilst you grab 5 seconds to actually go to the loo screaming “Mummmaaaaay Roxie hitttttt meeeeeeeeee”. Your car, clean – smells fresh – not full of crumbs, vomit or smeary finger-marks. Your jeans, without knee-holes from bending down to pick up someone elses mess. Your tops – embellished with sequins – not drops of baby vomit or smeared toddler food. Your hair – blow dried to within an inch if it’s life – not one hair out of place – and not pulled or so greasy you could cook chips in it. The food you cook, remains on a plate – not liberally littered around the kitchen, getting into places you didn’t even know existed. Your cutlery, gets used – you never have to witness the grossness of eating rice with fingers. Your cloakroom, has coats hanging in it – as opposed to strewn all over the floor after a day of school. Your Sky Box not full to capacity with CBeebies, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network horrors. Your treat cupboard. What treat cupboard – who can have treats around and keep THIS body looking THIS good? Oh about THE body – no stretch marks, no empty pouches for breasts, no cuts, no stitches, no flapping, overstretched lady-bits. Yes, there are many, many benefits.
BUT, and this is a GIANT BUT – the cuddles, the love, the innocence, the cute things they say, the way they look adoringly at you (unless you have told them off) and much more more MORE – I’m pleased I choose motherhood. Well, either way, I’m knee-deep in it now….
Seriously though – I wouldn’t change it for the world. So to that end Mammas, let us be celebrated on our one day this year – Mother’s Day. And here’s what I propose you deserve.
It’s now spitting distance until the kids break up. And with all the excitement around the build up to Xmas comes the inevitable moaning – I’m BORRRRRRED, can I play MINECRAFT, can I watch TELLAYY – or maybe that’s just my kids? Either way – it would be good to have some fun activities that do not involve cursed Screen Time! So here is one of my favourite Christmassy ideas from pal of the blog Babble Dabble Do – Mini Winter Terrariums.
This is an amazing blog where you will find ideas for art, design, science, and many other projects for kids. Ana the owner believes in the power of art, design, science, and other problem solving projects as a way to engage young imaginations. I believe in anything that gets my kids fingers away from keyboards or remote controls!
To make these you will need:
I like pretty things in my home. I hate plastic tut. I hate ugly licensed product. Advent calendars are a risk area for both of these factors. So, I decided to make my own! And when I say me – I mean my Mini Me’s. Lookey here….
We give our kids healthy treats. They don’t drink fizzy drinks, they don’t eat chocolate or sweets – only dried fruit. We are good mothers.
Or are we? Actually, we are not according to a brilliant film ‘That Sugar Film’ by Damon Gameau. Join me on Saturday November 7th at the next Smart Thinking For Kids UrbanExplorer event for all the family. The film will be screened and discussed in a Q&A with not only the director himself, but also a panel of experts including the sickeningly healthy looking and beautiful sisters from Hemsley + Hemsley, Merrilees Parker and others.
The film is a documentary about one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves.
‘That Sugar Film’ will forever change the way you think about ‘healthy’ food. Here’s a snippet.
Tickets are from £10 which includes a treat bag and a kids goody bag and trust me, this will be the best money you spend this year after all, it’s not just for this screening, it’s for life! Get busy!