Old skool

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We’re rocking it old school in our house at the moment, introducing the children to the games I used to play when I was a child. The TV gets switched off and we start with a family game of hide and seek, our Harry potter cupboard under stairs is an awesome place to hide. However the kids follow me there all the time so daddy always finds me first. They love it, its great to play in large and small space, its free and its inside away from the sweatbox out.

Found you!!

Found you!!

Miss C’s absolute favourite is “Whats the time Mr wolf” however when she’s the wolf we only ever get to walk 2 steps as that’s the only time she knows and then its dinner time. I love this game I think it helps with their numeracy skills, gross motor skills and well to be frank I love scaring the s**t out of them when I shout “dinner time”. I have really fond memories from my childhood of playing this on the grass outside our house. Again if you have the space you can play it inside, smaller spaces maybe a bit of a disaster waiting to happen.

Duck, duck goose, not the greatest of games if daddy isn’t home to play, as we have a rather small circle, again  this is a favourite of the little humans living here. To be honest they just adore running and a few quick games of this before bath time isn’t going to do any harm ;-) I think it helps to learn to take their turn, they also have to except that sometimes you can’t win (this is when our games hastily end when a certain someone doesn’t win……yes daddy I’m talking about you). And all of that running is great exercise and good for their physical development.

I spy is a fantastic game as you can play it literally anywhere, LPV likes to play, while Miss C doesn’t really understand  she’s just babbles “something beginning with trees” we all clap and then its someone else’s turn. On Sunday evening we sat outside for ages waiting for daddy to come home playing I spy. It made the kids really aware of their surroundings, it can also help with their phonics too. Can be great for the airport for our impending travel and anytime you just want to still sit.

We’re working on our “Simon says” but to be honest neither of them listen to me so why should they listen to him. Another great one for small spaces and to kill a bit of time in the Dubai summer. I think it encourages them to listen *laughs head off* also taking instructions and if you want to be mean and make them try weird and wonderful things, it can help with balance and coordination etc.

Really can not wait to try new games in the winter like bulldog and hopscotch  and I don’t think our landlord would appreciate chalk on the white tiled floor. Stuck in the mud and blind mans bluff  are two other great ones however I think I better wait until Miss C gets a little older to stick a blindfold on her, that’s just a trip to A&E waiting to happen.

Image source: Google

Image source: Google

What games did you play as a child that you’d want to share with your wee ones?

 

 

 

Raising little girls

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I was boy fan, boys were all I knew, I wanted 3 children all boys. That was until the sonographer told I was having a girl, from that moment I was super excited about a mini me……and she is!! No-one on this earth can prepare for what it’s like having a girl. Watching most of my Mammy friend when LPV was a wee bub I was stunned at how different their girls behaved. Not saying in any way they were badly behaved just it was just a whole different ball game, with a pink one!!

It’s after you have your own girl that you will truly understand, so I thought I’d share some differences I’ve found raising a girl after a boy….These are all my own opinion and I know two children are never the same.

Girls don’t sleep 

Miss C never slept  properly for a whole year, having LPV who seemed love his bad as much as I love mine. She would lure you into a false sense of security, being cuddled in, you try to move in various positions to test her level of slumber. She was asleep until she heard the creak of the door, then all hell broke loose. Luckily she’s the best sleeper ever now, however there was point in my life I didn’t think I’d ever sleep again.

Pink & sparkles

I will never be one of these mammies that doesn’t want too much pink in the house, or won’t let her play with Barbie as she’s not realistic, she has dolls but she’s also surrounded by cars,trains etc and I will never stop her from playing with anything. Children do not think in that way so why are we putting all our issues on them? They don’t see colour, size or wealth they just see. However I can not believe the instant attraction Miss C has to all thing pink and sparkly “pretties” is what she calls them. It’s like moth to flame and if you want to try to stop her, be my guest. It’s like she is pre programmed towards it, especially Peppa pig……….god I hate that pig.

Vanity

Oh lord I’m not saying she spends hours looking in the mirror, however she will trow a wobbly if she doesn’t like the outfit I’ve picked. If it’s a dress she will twirl in front of the mirror, running her hands through her hair. I love to watch her. Mind you she’s also the first one to get said dress soaking wet with the hose or play in the dirt. Which is what I love about her. I am trying to avoid nail painting etc for as long as possible and just let her be. She actually has her own salon in the living, she’ll pull up her stool from her piano play with your feet then jump up and should “finished”

Drama

OMG the drama, deciding she’s had enough of walking and will just sit and cry in the middle of the mall until someone picks her up. Tantrums in the supermarket, dropping her dummy next to her feet and standing there pointing at it and crying. To a certain extend daddy falls for the drama as she his princess. With me…….I invented the drama, so she gets told to get on with it, she shrugs her shoulders and gets on with it.

The love

Little girls are very loving, as too are little boys. However I don’t remember LPV just coming up for a random hug. He always would when he was tired or upset but usually he was so busy with what he was doing. Miss C will stop what she’s doing and ask for a hug. She’ touch my face while I’m brushing her teeth randomly kiss me. I am very lucky to have very tactile children, they’re super friendly and love affection. LPV is getting a bit anti mammy kisses as being 5 is very cool….

 

I love the differences between them, two children is hard work and some times these two wonderful wee personalities clash and all hell breaks loose, this is what I get up in the morning for, this is what makes no two days the same. This is why I became a mammy

Love you both to the moon and back.xxx

 

New beginnings

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They say when one closes another one opens, I do hope this is true. January hasn’t really been the kindest month to me or some of my most cherished friends. I’m not going to dwell or fill this post with woe is me, I’m going to move on, stay positive grab February and run with it until its so knackered it throws up *hopefully not on me*.

I missed being able to put my thoughts down on paper so to speak, I didn’t even think I’d remember my login to my blog, but I did and its a sign that it needs me back and the feeling is mutual.

Good to see you guys and Happy New Year can you still say that in Feb? Who Knows

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