This list is from my 5 and 7 year old of the most favourite books we read this year. They are in no particular order.
I’ve very fond memories of my mother reading and telling stories to me at night when I was a child. She had the ‘gift of the gab’ as we say in Ireland. Now that I have my own children I can see the importance of reading to them. For me in the early stages, I found the little picture touch feel novelty books were great for helping my children with their sounds and senses. Reading to them was another way of them hearing your voice and sharing an experience together, and that for me created a nice little bond. Even if you have to point and say apple a 100 times it’s important. You’re the first voice they know and it’s a great way of communicating with them and teaching them to speak and express themselves.
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So for the last 7 years my house has been an absolute disaster. I’ve only got two kids but I feel like I’m been invaded by the thrash monsters. I’ve no space to even to put a cup down sometimes. I’m fed up moaning at them to tidy their toys away and fighting with my myself over the stress of clutter. I decided, Continue reading
When you say things like,
Eat that broccoli or you won’t get big and strong -I hated broccoli but the fear of not eating it was worse even till this day.
‘Money doesn’t grow on trees you know’ Continue reading
So after weeks of meticulously planning a night out after a couple of years of having two children and writing 101 lists for the baby sitter because of course, she doesn’t know my kids the way I do, and more than likely she’ll ignore it all and give them the chocolates she’d been hiding in her pocket and let them stay up late to watch a movie, here’s the eye opening pros and cons of my night out.
Pro – We get to the pub and enjoy the weird experience of being able to talk at normal level voice and not listen out for any footsteps or movement.
Con – My nerves are gone as all I’m thinking of is the kids and hope they are not calling out for me.
Pro – Nice to talk to new people and socialise
Con – Why does this person keep talking to me, I didn’t invite them into my company. How can I make them go away?
Con – This person beside is dribbling and I don’t know how to stop it.
Pro – My child is doing that because he is growing teeth and that’s cool.
Con – Why is this person slurring and I can’t understand the words from their mouth.
Pro – My child is learning to talk and I can teach them new words
Con – The toilets have piss on the floor.
Pro – My child is in toilet training so that’s acceptable to be on the floor
Con – Men grab your breast just random in a crowded place and think that’s OK.
Pro – Child grabs it because they are hungry.
Con – Bouncer won’t let me in to nightclub as not right sort and I look to old and not trendy enough.
Pro – Mammy, mammy, look at me jumping up and down on this bouncer you bought.
Con – Why are the people in the chipper not swallowing food properly and spitting. Should I get them a bib in their size?
Pro – My child is learning to eat by themselves and it’s cute and bibs fit them.
Pro – I don’t have to drive and I can get a taxi.
Con – Have to listen to taxi man tell you that he knows everything and what I should do with my life!
So that was my observation of my night out. How things have changed so much when before I was all about ‘what are we doing this weekend -‘what will I wear’, ‘who’s coming out,’ ‘will I meet someone?’ Why has my attitude changed to nights out, Is it because I’m a parent or have I grown up or both ?
Does not going out on the town mean you don’t have a social life? My opinion is no.. I just have a different form of a social life..
So tonight I have my friends over to have a good chat, few drinks and no one has to stand in the cold waiting on a very informative taxi man to bring us home and also I just couldn’t be arsed going out :-).
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