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That time she had a baby…

Its Pancake Day… Yes Its Pancake Day… Yes We’re Still Getting The Pancake Day Song.

Pancake Day 2017, we may have played The Pancake Day song from Maid Marian – a number of times. But we didn’t play the Pancake Day Song again.

Over a week later, at 6:40 in the morning, we get woken up with it for NO GOOD REASON.

And again this morning…


Maybe its stuck in her head?

Or perhaps, she just wants pancakes?

Hope you dont have the pancake song in your head all day…

(Oh yes, that is The Cat from Red Dwarf singing)

The Cutest Interview Ever?

I think I love everything about this! The emotion from dad, how they followed the kid around the studio, the story itself. Everything.

Last Minute World Book Day Costume Ideas

Looking for last minute World Book Day costume ideas?

Have you just realised that World Book Day has arrived? Well if you’re stressed and need actual last minute ideas for costumes, then you may want to try somewhere else. Well if you’ve given up caring about World Book Day, and just want to make a token effort, this is the list of World Book Day Costume Ideas for you:

A Last Minute R2D2 Costume?

A Last Minute R2D2 Costume For World Book Day

A TARDIS

AKA, a really big box that covers the whole child. Bonus points if the box is blue.

(Pro tip, cut some eye holes in it. Obviously….without said child in the box…)

Paper Dolls

Take some paper.

Cut it up

Stick it your child.

Low and behold, you have a paper dolls outfit. AND you are REALLY artistic!

Have the worlds WORST Frozen costume.

Take some ice cubes.

Cover your child in them.

VOILA Frozen!

(Please dont really do this)

Wear Sausages For World Book Day!

Peppa Pig costume any one?

Have you got any ideas you would add?

How to Manage Your Home and Job, and Still Find Time for The Sofa

Juggling a busy home, a full-time job and a handful of kids is no easy task.  It’s no wonder that most parents wave goodbye to their personal space and alone time without trying to salvage even an evening a week for a movie or little shoot-em-up action on the Xbox.  It’s true that it’s hard to make time, but it isn’t impossible!  Many people feel guilty if they head out for an evening with friends or a little solo, kid-free time, but stress laden, overworked parenting has proven to have negative effects on children!  What does this mean?  Well, it’s time to give yourself a time out for once.  Here’s how to make it happen.

Share the Load

You and your partner don’t need to do everything in the house.  Get the family involved and teach the youngsters to do their part, too.  This will free up a lot of extra time each week.  Even children as young as 4 can be taught to pick up their room, put dirty clothes in the right place and feed the pets.  Older children can be easily introduced to the wide spectrum of household duties we all know and loathe.  Put a SchoolSitckers chart on the fridge with each person’s prescribed chores (including your own!), and set a reward for tasks done in timely fashion.

Have a Pizza Night

We have pizza every week, but I never realised how much time it could save until I started deciding which night it would be in advance.  When you know there’s going to a night when you don’t have to cook or clean, it gives you the chance to organise your schedule around the kids’ and pencil in a little free time or a sofa session with your partner.  And it doesn’t have to be pizza.  Nowadays you can get Chinese, Thai, sandwiches and even sushi delivered right to your door.

Establish a Routine

Working right in with planning a pizza night, why not plan the rest of your week as well?  This is a great practice for time management, and children react very well to routine, too.  The first time I penned out my daily routine, I was shocked at how much free time I should have.  I realised that I hadn’t been aware of what was best to do at what time, and that translated into a lot of wasted hours.

Make Lists

Gone are the days of going to the supermarket and standing there slack-jawed thinking, “Why did I come here again?” and then not remembering until I walked through my own front door.  Making lists helps you hone in on what’s important and what isn’t, and also keeps you on your feet and on track.  Make lists for shopping, to-do daily activities and even weekly, monthly and long-term goals.

Plan Some “Me Time”

When you put everything you need to do on your lists and in your routine, don’t forget that the blank spaces that remain don’t have to be filled in.  Consider those your sacred spaces (or sofa spaces, in my case), and keep a couple of them for you.  Even if some chores don’t get done, it’s not the end of the world.  Respect your sacred spaces and they will reward you with peace and harmony.

Don’t underestimate your alone time!  Remember that parents, employees and all human beings work best with batteries fully charged and that your sofa is a docking station with unlimited power.

Post inspired by Shine Media.

The Improbabilities Told By Topsy and Tim

The Improbabilities Told By Topsy and TimWe love Topsy and Tim in our household.

I say “We love Topsy and Tim”, I mean, our little one loves Topsy and Tim. If we ever have left CBeebies on in the background at home, the opening moments of the Topsy and Tim theme tune is enough to get her running to the TV.

Have I ever mentioned her “friends”, Topsy and Tim?

During a recent Topsy and Tim marathon on BBC iPlayer, it occurred to me that there seemed to be a number of….  improbabilities in the world of Topsy and Tim that just wouldn’t happen in this world.

Here are a number of examples I found.

  1. Kids can break Mummy’s vase.. and she’s THAT OK WITH IT!!
  2. Somehow, when you have 4 preschoolers kicking off, Mummy has found the time to put a well timed pizza in.
  3. Selling / moving house is JUST THAT EASY – AND QUICK!
  4. Having nursery school at home is a GREAT IDEA!! (Seriously, they have room for that? Mummy had time for that?)
  5. That a Mummy and Daddy can put up an outside playhouse the night before a twins 5th birthday, look fresh and awake the next morning, AND still smile at each other.
  6. Loads of cakes (which probably cost a fortune) get chucked on the floor… Mummy is NOT SCREAMING MAD!!!
  7. Christmas Eve evening is just that fun and relaxing! (No last minute wrapping from Mummy and Daddy?)
  8. You’ve moved house, you’re trying to unpack, you’re living out of boxes, a new friend is invited to play, and Mummy is smiling about all of this?
  9. When you’re building a new drive, you really want two 4 year olds around you.
  10. Its possible to build a marble run, so big, and amazing – THAT NO marbles will fly off – and break Mummys vase…

Are there any more that you would add?

*These might be invisible friends… and therefore probably dont count.

Parenting. The Star Wars Approach.

When You Leave The House. A Comparison Study.

When you leave the house. the difference between having kids and not having kids… or kid…

The above is a simplified version of what really happens.

The Place of Dads in The Star Wars Universe

Not seen the new Star Wars movie yet?  It may be best to not read the following look, at the place of Dads in the Star Wars Universe – as it very much includes The Force Awakens.

No seriously, don’t read this if you haven’t seen it.  If you still want to read this, please scroll past Darth…

Spoilers below…

Darth-Vader

Still here? Ok…

I came across this little article earlier “Patriarchy and Star Wars: The Mother Strikes Back” where its argued that Mothers don’t seem to be liked much in the Star Wars universe. The thing is, Padme dies in childbirth, Shmi doesn’t die well, and yes it is suggested that Leia sent her son away… but let’s see if Dads do well in Star Wars, by looking at the main male characters and how well they do at the father / child relationship thing.

 

Obi Wan Kenobi

While not a dad as such to Anakin Skywalker, it could be argued that the guy was a father figure in some ways (particularly after Qui-Gon Jinns death). Obi Wan seemed to only really listen to Anakin once he rebelled. In punishment for Anakin’s rebellion, it can be argued that Obi Wan slashed the guy with a light saber and left him to burn in lava. That’s not nice parenting.

Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader

Whilst growing up as a slave, Anakin didn’t seem to have a dad on the scene, until one day this cool guy that could do mind tricks turned up, telling him that he could be free and train as Jedi as long as he left his mother behind. Anakin chose to hang out with this guy who could potentially had been the dad that he’d never had. This “dad” died an hours movie time later.

The replacement father figure seemed a lot younger, didn’t seem to listen to Anakin much, seemed keen to keep Anakin from seeing his mother, and anyone else who he may have an emotional attachment with. This forced Anakin to see his Mum in secret (in time for her to die – and not die well), and for him to have a secret relationship with Padme. Due to not being able to discuss his fears about Padme dying in childbirth, with his father (Obi Wan), Anakin found another person to confide in.

This led to a chain of events that led to Anakin being left burning by his father figure, just to be saved by another one. This new father figure picked him, dusted him down, and gave him a new life.

When Darth Vader realised that his son survived child birth, he went across the galaxy to track him down, and offer him a chance to work with him. Sadly Luke went grumpy teenager, screamed No at him, and jumped down into Cloud City. (Yes Darth cut off his hand, but this was a result of the love shown to him by Obi Wan Kenobi)

After being shown this love, Luke went to see Darth Vader – who in turn took him to see the only family Darth Vader had on the Death Star. This set up a chain of events that led to Luke killing his Dad. Whilst his friends blew up Darths place of work, AGAIN.

Luke Skywalker

Spent his teenage life living with his aunt and uncle who told him that his father Anakin / Darth had died, and felt trapped within his life as a farm boy. Possibly as a result of this sheltered upbringing he didn’t react well to the happy news that his father was alive, snogged his sister, and killed his own father, before setting his father’s dead body on fire.

Since then, it’s possibly the case that he has abandoned his family and went into hiding after a work project had gone wrong.

Han Solo.

Let’s ask how the relationship with his son is? No wait…

In conclusion…

I think it’s fair to say that families in general don’t do well in Star Wars.

Is there anything I’ve missed from the above list?

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