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Oh Heck Moments With Kids

Since having children, and the observation of how they are constantly learning , that once they can speak, sometimes that’s all they want to do they want to know everything, they speak their minds, they ask questions as that’s how they learn, it’s how we all learn. Sometimes we tend to forget however, their minds are still developing even when they can speak and whether you like it or not there are times  you just gotta sit back, have a bit of patience and go with it  and have a  laugh.

I Got Nothing Moments

Sometimes the questions they ask, and it always seems to be when you are really tired and at that moment you barely know your own name and you got nothing!

Why my sister left is handed and I’m right handed

Why do we all sound different with our voices?

How does the earth actually stay in the sky?

Why is the grass green and the mud brown?

Where do colours come from?

Who invented words and why?

Why is a cup called a cup and not a table?

Why was I born a boy and (sister) a girl? Did you choose that? How does that work?

And then the times you’re just “Oh heck” let the ground swallow me up please!

I was on holiday one time and having some cocktails as you do, kids were of course having the non-alcoholic ones but they looked the same and it was getting late in evening and you know when kids are tired they tend to get more hyper just before they crash as they fight it till the end, so I made a comment and said, “Better get kids to bed, I think they are a wee bit drunk.” It was a passing comment, nothing to it. In supermarket the few weeks later  and there was a holiday competition picture with cocktails, beaches etc and my son again, (Why do they get so vocal, think they know what they’re doing to be honest) but shouts, “Mammy, that reminds me of Majorca, remember when you got us all drunk!”

Another time when it was my birthday and my children always think I’m 100 years old no matter what, but was in shops and there was an elderly lady and he says , “You’re not as old as her though” and then proceeds to go up to her and asks her did she ever meet  T-Rex!

Daughter in shopping centre toilets -“Why do I have a willy on the inside,” and points at the brother, “and he has  one on the outside?”

Slight miscommunication of words- When I was out having something to eat with the kids and one thing I always love is watching the content face of kids as they savour every moment of their food as if it’s their last. Of course the place was busy and my daughter says to me, “Yum this is really good.” I smiled and said, “Yes, you look like you’re really enjoying it.” She pauses for a moment and gives me a very confused look. I start to worry and like all parents, those two seconds of fear can feel like a lifetime and  I’m thinking,  oh no, what’s wrong, is the food stuck in her mouth, help! She wasn’t choking and instead took a deep breath and at the top of her voices she yells, “Mammy, what are you talking about? I’m not still in your vagina!”

So as parents we have to learn at times you just gotta sit back and go with it, as it’s part of the wonderful journey. If anyone has any cringe worthy moments would love to hear from you.

 

Children’s Books by Denise McCabe are available by clicking  here  or pop across to  My Books section to have a further look 

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Contact Denise at: Denisekidsstories@gmail.com
Website: www.kids-games-activities.com

 

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Getting Your Child to Listen to You

Do you ever just get frustrated by the way you are ignored every time you have something important to say to your child? I feel like I’m talking to the wall at times. I think at one point, I actually did without realising the child had got bored listening to me and went to another room. There are so many reasons for this type of behavior from your child followed by as many solutions, too.

For starters, you need to make sure you use the right tone of voice – be positive and confident about what you are saying. Try to calm yourself down a little before venturing into an argument. Go over the words you want to use once, to make sure your words are kept simple yet firm. You also need to focus on building trust and speaking the truth. Don’t exaggerate outcomes for their behavior – children are not as dumb as we think and you will just end up teaching them how to lie and not trust you. Let’s face it, they know their teeth are not going to fall out overnight by having that extra sweet for e.g.

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Sibling Rivalry

So I’m having another one of those days where I’m reflecting on one of my many parent roles,  a referee between my two kids. ‘Have kids near the same age’ I hear. ‘They’ll be great pals’ I hear, but no one warned about the constant battles between young kids and how stressful it can be for a parent. Sometimes I picture what it could feel like to be in a war zone! Most times they do get on which can be great but when they fight it’s horrible!

Being a referee during sibling fightsbox-1013994_1280 (1) is a fatigue I’m sure most parents have to endure. Although sibling rivalry is considered a normal phenomenon in most of the families, it transforms into a bigger problem when one child dominates or bullies the other. Symptoms of sibling Continue reading

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Reading With Your Children

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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NON Parents – Think before you judge me.

Are you one of those people who would turn their head when you hear a kid whining at the top of their voice in the street and think, ‘Oh no, are they are being tortured?’  Are you like, ‘how can a child scream for so long?’ ‘Are they in pain??’  ‘Surely that mother should be locked up?’ Continue reading