Well the summer holidays are drawing to an end and what a summer it has been. Wall to wall sunshine has meant my girls have been out side running free and exploring each and every day. All the fresh air has meant no bed time issues and even the odd lay in for me!
Well we all know that’s not bloody true don’t we.
This summer has been utter crap so many plans cancelled due to terrible weather has left my girls stuck in doors and feeling bored alot – there are only so many crafts to attempt and cakes we can bake in a day. When they are bored and irritable it seems to be me that gets it in the neck as well with constant bickering and full blown melt downs over the smallest of things.
- Pretending not to know them: definitely helps when you are in a crowded place and people are looking, like say the weekly food shop. Might be the holidays but we still need to eat. So off I go with three children and one trolly, well there’s your issue right there only one of them can sit in the trolly, you’d think the 18 month old would get first dibs on it but not if my oldest two have anything to say about it. As they argue over who will go in the trolly I quickly sneak Lottie in and stroll down the isle pretending I have no idea who these children are.
Downfall to this method: they usually chase after you squealing mummy and then attach themselves to your ankle makes is a tad harder to pretend they aren’t yours.
- Bribery: oh yes that one, so we have had the odd sunny day and we have headed off to the park to burn off some of that energy but then comes the moment you have to leave, rounding three children up is not for the faint hearted with only two hands one of the little buggers is bound to slip away and make for the climbing frame – whispering quietly about the promise of an ice-cream when they get home often gets them moving.
Downfall to this method: when you arrive home to find and ice-creamless freezer you better brace your self – children never forget. It was them being on your ankles in the food shop that caused you to forget said ice creams but you cannot reason with a toddler so don’t even bring that up.
- Let it all go over your head: on a trip to the school uniform shop to kit Maisy out with the last few bits she needed for school Bella spotted a uniform she quite liked. This was a uniform to a school on the other side of town that I had never heard of but she needed the jumper so badly she insisted on rolling around on the floor whilst I queued up to pay. Of corse people turn to look to see what all the commotion is about to which I reply with a little smile and eye roll and tell Bella in a nice little voice ‘oh your a silly sausage aren’t you’ when all I want is for the shop to swallow me up now right there and them.
Downfall to this method: well it’s just plain embarrassing isn’t it I know all children have there moments but when it’s yours there is just nothing worse!
- Go all super nanny on them: Take no shit, have a three strike rule “poke your sister in the eye once more and our going straight to the time out spot madam”
Downfall with this method: they seem to like being in time out they call it jail and it’s oh so fun to them, especially Lottie who voluntarily goes to sit there. Damn!
- If all else fails just sob: We all have those days when they finally get to bed you just want to scream into a pillow – it’s okay, have a glass of wine and breathe tomorrow is another day and remind yourself to shop online from this day forward.
Next time you are in ASDA with a toddler stuck to your ankle while you try to offer them cake as a peace offering/bribe don’t say I didn’t warn you!