Month: April 2016

Problems Parents of Toddlers Face in Church

We all have times when sitting through a Church service isn’t straightforward. It could be because of that curry you had last night, the contact lens not behaving, or just wanting to get home in time to watch the football.

If you’re a parent of a toddler / other little person, then there are other problems in Church that makes a Church service not straightforward. Here is a look at the problems that parents of toddlers face in Church:

  1. The ability to partake in communion is held hostage by a toddler stealing the liturgy card.
  2. You have a minor panic attack every time your little one wonders near the open and full baptism pool.
  3. Can I have some of that squash?” “No dear, its communion wine.”
  4. Hitting a chair, in an attempt to ensure your little one doesn’t fall off, while she is jumping on it.
  5. The heart racing panic when the Little One shouts, “I need a POO!.. QUICK ITS COMING OUT!
  6. Been massively distracted anytime someone comes into the hall during the sermon – just in case its someone from your kids group.
  7. Having to explain everytime its a communion service that you cant eat the bread from the table until the right time.
  8. No you can’t see the song sheet. It’s being used for colouring in.
  9. A time of silent prayer is anything but silent inside your head, as you count down the seconds until something gets shouted. (Normally a cry of “BOOOO!”)
  10. Accidentally looking super spiritual by kneeling on the floor during communion. (Because toddler has stolen your seat)

Any other problems I’ve not mentioned?

Star Wars – The Trouble with Rathtars

Lego, Star Wars, and a chance to see Han Solo and Chewbacca again, The Trouble with Rathtars is part of a series of prequels to Star Wars The Force Awakens, that have been made by the Lego Team. Whilst there is no telling if this is “canon” or not, its fun enough to make me not care.

Sit down, and enjoy.

Movieweb.com has the rest of the collection, for your Lego viewing pleasure.

 

Checking out Brewers Faye, The O Bridge in Taunton

After arranging to meet up with some good friends halfway between Exeter, and Bristol, Mrs Sofa and I asked a few people what we could do in that area. Mrs Sofa heard via a huge local mums Facebook group, about “The O Bridge” in Taunton.

The Play area was decorated with giant Dennis The Menace comics!

The O Bridge is a Brewers Faye pub, with a massive soft play area, for little ones to generally belt around in. I say massive, it is an impressive sight to see the three floors crammed into the space available.  It cost £3 for our little one to enter, with no obvious time limit. In fact the size of it meant that Mrs Sofa ended up diving in, and comfortably helping the Little One around the area. She also made the comment that even at the top level of the soft play, it didn’t feel hot, as she has experienced in other soft plays she’s been to. The toddler area was ideal, with a slide which was easily accessible and didn’t require an adult to squeeze themselves inside, to just enable their child to get up to the slide. The babies had a lovely soft area, with a mirror, which was loved by the 1 year old.  Even with two three year olds who aren’t keen on enclosed slides, the amount of ways to go up and down the levels and explore around, was enough to keep them happy even when an adult wasn’t following them around. Obviously an adult was never far from them, but it is so nice to be able to allow them space to explore on their own safely.
After an hours worth of play, we became aware of the need for food… and the need not to be in a soft play area… So decided to retire to the more relaxed pub / restaurant section.

We found our new table, and ordered food soon after. This was about 4:30pm, so not crazy late.

Our friends ordered food for themselves and two young children, including a starter for the 1 year old. A few mins later Mrs Sofa orders our families food, and then gets asked if we want ours at the same time as the child’s starter, she gets the waitress to come over and check with our friends, who ask for ALL the food to come out together. Sadly the starter came out on it’s own, and it was only 5 mins after it had been finished with, that the waiter asked whether we were ready for our main meal! Of course we were, there was only one (child’s) starter ordered! It then took another 20 minutes for our food to come out (after I chased it).

The food didn’t just take the best part of an hour to come out, but the main meals for the hungry little ones was served last! The food itself was ok, but not worth the wait.

Simply put, The Brewers Faye, O Bridge in Taunton is good for the play area, but leave and get your meal elsewhere.