Friday, 11 April 2014

Smug Mum Moments

Sometimes, I think to myself, I am not doing such a god awful job of this parenting malarkey.

 Apparently bored of waiting for their food to arrive (we were eating out), they decided to amuse themselves. 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Easter Spellings - recycled!

If you kiddos are as bored as mine, you might want to keep them entertained a little. I used these resources last year, they kept my tiddlers happy for an afternoon. Check them out!

Easter Spelling Worksheet

I've also created a copywork worksheet (anything to get JJ practicing handwriting!) 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Sorting For Tiny Miss - Next Step, Laundry Sorting!

With a bag of pom poms (£1) and a pack of plastic cups (£1), we have created yet another busy bag, HURRAH!

Tiny Miss really enjoyed sorting out the different coloured pom poms into their cups. She even started getting cheeky and going to put them in the wrong cup and then sayin "noooooooooo Mummy!". V cute.

For my next trick I shall have her sorting the pants and socks into the appropriate piles!

Monday, 24 March 2014

More Fine Motor Skill Activities

Tiny Miss and Little Miss had a great time this weekend playing with the coulonder and pipe cleaners! I grabbed a bag full for a pound from Poundland and barely had time to get them out of the pack before the girsl were trying to play with them. Even Daddy had a bit of fun making me hearts and bracelets, bless.

Tiny Miss seems a bit too excited!

Little Miss is very impressed with herself!

Friday, 14 March 2014

Selective Hearing - The Best Coping Mechanism For Tantrums!

Tiny Miss has hit the terrible two's. We are all unhappy about this. The older two cringe when she kicks off, hubby runs a mile and me? Well I turn to selective hearing as my coping mechanism. Don't get me wrong, I don't spend the whole day ignoring her, but when I have explained to her why she can't get her own way, I don't really have much of a choice.

I am normally able to divert a tantrum at home by distraction or by putting the "I am totally listening to you and reading you this book for the 75th time because it's much more important than the potential fire in the kitchen if I don't turn the oven off RIGHT NOW". But when it comes to shopping and the dreaded "I want to get out" tantrum that usually ensues, selective hearing is my go to.

OK so after 8 years, I have become quite good at it. If I needed to I could do a whole weeks worth of food shopping and not notice her tantrum (of course, this doesn't happen any more thanks to the wonders of online shopping/home delivery). Unfortunately, not everyone shares my amazing talent, sucks to be them right? People can hear her screaming from a mile off and avoid going into the same shops/aisle as us, for some strange and completely unobvious reason.

All I know is that when this gorgeous little cheeky toddler turns into Damien from The Omen, I just shut off my ears, hum "isn't she lovely - Stevie Wonder" and wait until it goes quiet. Nuff said.

Do NOT be fooled by the cuteness!

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Toddler Groups - My Personal Idea Of Hell!

Right people, I thought we were all in it together. I thought that we were supposed to look out for each other. So where were you when I thought it was a good idea to try out the local toddler group? Huh?

The last time I attended a toddler group, Little Miss was 3. She never played with anyone, I didn't really talk to anyone, then one incident happened involving a minutes silence and we never returned (looooooooooooong story).

So when we moved to this area and I saw the signs for the local toddler group, my heart sank. But being old, and forgetful, something in my tiny little mind thought it would be a good idea for Tiny Miss and I to try it out. BIG MISTAKE.

Even as I was walking there my brain was going "oh wait a sec, is this a good idea? I'm sure I should be remembering something right about now,". Well it didn't and within 5 minutes of being there, I was searching for the exit and for reasons to leave (cos you can't just run out screaming, this is apparently considered rude). Tiny Miss didn't play with anyone, she had toys snatched from her, she went head over heels on the sllide (where was the health and safety risk for that one eh?) and she was so overwhelmed by the noise and how busy it was that she couldn't even focus. She wasn't the only one. It was heaving, there was no where to sit, no where to shove your bags and all the parents went off to their little cliques while I seemed to be the only one monitoring my child!

I managed to escape before song time by pretending to go to the loo and then making a dash for the exit instead.

I think there are a few reasons why I don't like toddler groups.
1. There are two types of parents, the cliques that huddle in their groups and let their kids run riot, and the fools who sped their hour running round after their kids saying "you must take turns, play nice, please share" and mollycoddling them (this was me btw, I am owning it).
2. I hate the noise levels and the amount of people , there's just no order! (I understand that this reason applies to only me and that it worryingly signifies some sort of social anxiety disorder or OCD, I am just going to ignore it and hope it goes away).
3. I try really hard to teach my kids that they don't need to be boisterous or rough and thankfully (touch wood) they are all quite gentle in nature anyway. So when they are faced with kids that are hyper and boisterous, they either steer clear or they start mucking about with them, and all my nagging has been for nothing.

Now I know what you're thinking, if the kids enjoy it them it's our job to suck it up right? Er no. Tiny Miss may have enjoyed playing with different toys, but that was about the extent of her enjoyment. I, on the other hand, still feel like I am in shock 2 hours later. For my sanity, I'd rather buy her a new toy for £1 every Tuesday and save myself the mental meltdown........................

And there wasn't any bloody coffee :-(

Monday, 3 March 2014

Working On Tiny Miss' Fine Motor Skills

I have been looking for things to fill some busy bags for Tiny Miss and thought I would give some felt chains a go.

I simply cut some felt into strips, added a button, made a button hole and that was about it! Simple!