After a barnstorming launch last week with a double dose of action on the #MyFiveThings front with myself and Mama Mim unleashing our posts My 5 parenting epiphanies and 5 things I hate about CBeebies we are now kicking into action with our series of guest bloggers on this subject! So without further ado, please welcome Kirsty from Something Crunchy Mummy sharing candidly about five things she wished she would do as an unlikely suspect in parenthood…
1. Bake with the boys
I love to cook and bake, but by myself. I’m not a lover of mess and the whole baking malarkey is just messy, and it stresses me out. I see other parents doing baking with their children and they look like they are having so much fun, but for me it’s not fun.
2. Messy play
This is the same concept as above, I love to be creative and I have loads of ideas that I think would work but trying to do them with the boys is just messy and stressy and it just doesn’t turn out like it should. And this upsets me lol!
*NB pic above a random paint besmeared toddler…not Kirsty’s…! Be careful what you wish for Kirsty….!
3. Have more patience
Now I don’t shout at the boys an awful lot, but there are just times when I am tired and fed up when maybe I tell them off for something tiny that really is nothing in the grand scheme of life. This also relates to number 1 & 2 as I don’t have the patience for baking and messy play and I want things done now, but as we all know children don’t do things now or our way.
4. Chill out more
Yes we have times when we cuddle up on the sofa and watch (a quarter of) a film but after a while I have the million and one things that need doing around the house going round in my head. I then also find things to do around the house when they are playing rather than just sitting down when I get the chance. I really don’t help myself with the whole tiredness.
5. Be less soft
I think if I had done this from the start they wouldn’t be such fussy eaters but hindsight is a great thing isn’t it. I also let them get their own way far too much, just for the easy life and to not cause a bigger headache than they already cause.
Do the above things resonate with you? What things do you wish you would do as a parent?