This morning I watched an article on Lorraine with Marina Fogle. They were basically discussing if we wrap our children in bubble wrap these days. And it really got me thinking. Marina Fogle told a story about how she ‘let’ her daughter fall down the stairs. Before you all go crazy she ‘set’ it up as safely as she could, with cushions and pillows and the theory was her little girl would learn herself how to manage the stairs safely.
So I spent the rest of the day keeping track of how many times I said ‘be careful’ ‘slow down’ etc and turns out it was quite a lot. I even got thinking about activities I do and don’t let them do. Going in the garden with no shoes on, playing out in the rain; two things I generally don’t let the kids do. Which writing them out now sound ridiculously.
This afternoon we put wellies on, coats on and went for a walk…. It was raining!! Call the police! Haha
Im pretty sure when I was a child and even more so when my parents were small, we were left to get on with things. There wasn’t child locks, stair gates and so many child safety gadgets.
So how do we promote indepedance in our children without causing them harm. Would love to hear your thoughts on how safety conscious you are with your little ones?
I am really going to try and let my two explore their own independance, with me a few extra steps behind. Well try at least!
Last weekend myself and mr DC were on auntie and uncle duty for the day. Four kids for the whole day, obviously going out was the only option. We decided to head for the beach.
After quite a bit organisation with cars, car seats and children we ended up in Herne Bay. I have to say I don’t like the actual beach, but the whole seaside experience; you can’t beat it. We used to go as kids all the time, and visiting as an adult brings back so many happy memories.
I remember crabbing being a firm favourite past time if we ever went to the seaside. Buying a bucket, net and bait, super excited to try and get some crabs to look at in our buckets. A little competition between my brother and I at how many crabs we could get. Then the excitement of throwing them back in the water to be free.
We saw so many little children watching in awe of their daddy trying to get a crab to put in their bucket. Our 4 went from bucket to bucket seeing how many crabs each person had.
Then there are the traditional seaside rides; the Helter Skelter, those trampoline things, bumper cars and obviously the classic carousel ride. It’s amazing that these rides still fill little kids with excitement. We did 3 rides whilst at the seaside; the Helter Skelter, bumper cars in boat form and the carrousel ride.
We couldn’t go to the seaside without getting fish and chips, so we found a spot to sit all the children and got take away fish and chips. Mr DC made them all ‘plates’ out of the chip paper, which they all found very funny. We even managed a little paddle in the sea.
My favourite part of the day was seeing how much enjoyment the children got from the traditional old school entertainment that I used to enjoy as a child. I hope the traditions if the seaside long continue.
P.s it confirm we won’t be having four children in the future 🙈🙈
The following article contains the word POO and I must note no poo was harmed in the making of this blog post! You have been warned!
We have made it almost 2 years with children having not had to do this and I have to say I was hoping I would never have to do it…But yesterday the pivotal event of all parenting occurred in our house.
Let me set the scene for a minute; both babies in the bath, all going swimmingly (no pun intended) Then Mr DC swiftly got two babies out of the bath consecutively. He then very calmly says ‘erm Mollie has pooed in the bath’
Oh great, he very cleverly starts dealing with the children, leaving me to deal with said poo! What the hell do you use to get a turd out of water! Oh come on they don’t teach you this in ante natal class!
I have to say I had bloggers hat on and actually took a photo first, however I don’t feel it is appropriate to share here. It is available on request 😳
Anyway I use a jug (the jug we use to wash the children’s hair… Must remove to wash that!) and actually it was much harder than I thought. Picture this… Me with a jug trying to manoeuvre it round 2 little ducks, a plastic dolphin and a upside down boat! I have to say it took me a few attempts to capture the little floater but 1-0 to mummy!
Mr DC obviously found this hilarious, and I have noted this and he is on poo bath duty next time it happens!