Taken during a blowly wonder along the River Exe in Exeter.
Judging from the collective Facebook related screams from various parents. And the state of this households sanity. I’m convinced that Post Christmas Horrific Child Syndrome is a thing.
Post Christmas Horrific Child Syndrome, or PCHC for short is when children of a certain age realise that the presents have dried up, exciting Christmas trips are not a thing any more, and chocolate for breakfast is no longer acceptable.
Basically, Post Christmas Horrific Child Syndrome is when children are trying to accept that normality is slowly returning. This results in behavior that you wouldn’t normally have to deal with. (EG. Screaming “No don’t dance with open scissors!”)
If you are also dealing with PCHC, there is no immediate guidance here. Except of course.
My to do list of things to do before Christmas.
I’ve already realised I’ve left out “wrapping”.
I’m also sure I included “Still go to work” on there as well.
Possibly one of the most catchy songs I’ve heard so far in December.
The Stick Song from Hey Duggee…
(With apologies to my wife)
I don’t know about you, but I find there’s something oddly exciting about having a small one in Foundation Year at School, as there are a lot of “firsts” happening at this time of life. First day at school… First end of week meltdown… First school nativity’s… One thing I’ve noticed about School Nativity Plays, apart from how they seem to be both amazing, and super cute, is that they are very popular with parents / any other grown ups. And all these grown ups seem to want to get prime viewing positions (which is fair enough).
But how can you get the good seats at a school nativity play?
Here’s our tips*:
- Involve Spy / Friend on the inside who’s paid enough attention to know the quick way in.
- Use your Ninja skills to sneak past people.
- Invest in some bribe material for the school receptionist. (Chocolate, or alcohol would usually do the trick)
- Wear some American football style armor.
- Use any PE Equipment / Zip Wire to your advantage.
- Stuck at the back of the queue? Get talking to the person in front of you, once conversation starts to die down, get talking to the person in front of where you are now. And repeat…
- Walk in while wearing a nativity costume. Enough people may sit far enough away from you, so you end up getting a good seat anyway.
- Fly a drone into the school hall, watch nativity via drones camera.
- Involve a well placed confused old dear to stand in (other) peoples way.
- Sleeping bag. Reserve your place when the school closes the day before.
Any other ideas?
*Obviously if you do any of this, people may look at you oddly / arrange for you to be arrested. Good Luck…
Well, its the end of term. And at least for parents of younger kids, there seems a wondering of what to get their child’s teacher as an “End of Term Thank You” Present. Chocolate seems to be the obvious end of term present, but what if you’d like to get the teacher in your life something a little different?
Here’s a few ideas of what to get your child’s teacher as an end of term present.
(Be warned, some of these ideas may not be particularly sensible, could be a little sweary, and affiliate links are around)
The Teacher Survival Kit
The Teacher Survival Kit is a collection of bits and bobs to say what your child’s teacher, may or may not mean to you.
If nothing else, I guess it might be useful at the start of next year.
But the teacher in your life may not have enough.
Find it on Amazon, and ensure your child’s teacher has yet another one.
A Present For Art Teachers.
Do you know if they like wine? (Well they must have some sort of coping mechanism)
Get some wine markers, and grab a wine glass to use it on.
In fact, you could write your kids name on it… so they are reminded of your little angel everytime they have a drink.
They must love that… right?
Or alternatively, you could grab some personalized wine labels.
And write the apology for your child on their bottle of wine.
An End Of Term Present For Stressed Teachers?
Personally I quite like fidget cubes.
Or… theres The Little Book of Calm.
It even looks calm and small!
Have you got money to spare?
Because who doesn’t want a switch..? (apart from XBox / PS4 gamers?)
A Colouring Book For Teachers?
Do you feel your child’s teacher may like colouring?
Are they secretly really very sarcastic?
Could they be a little sweary when away from school?
Or you could just get chocolate?
Have you got any ideas?
Have you ever watched Bing on Cbeebies, and been amazed at how Flop hasn’t gone mad?
Do you ever need to stop, and think What Would Flop Do?
Perhaps this board will help you remember what saint Flop would do in any particular situation?
I was tempted to call this post “Ear Worm of The Week: Andy and the Odd Socks – ‘UNIQUE'”. But figured it would be a little long. (Yes – it is Andy from CBeebies)
Anyway… I didn’t want to like this as much as I did. Before the song ended I caught myself with a silly smile over my face.
Figured I would share it here, in case it gives you a similar smile.
Love this from Common Sense Media’s #DeviceFreeDinner campaign.
Even though I’m probably a little more like this…
We’re not bad at having a device free dinner… but its not like we have a teenager… Could I actually be Will Ferrell?
While I’m not sure how well it works for families with little little ones, if you have concerns, or just want to find out abit more about the affect of using Digital technology on family life, I recommend giving Mark Ellis’ Digitox a read.
Digitox is split into two sections; The first is looking at why taking a break from digital can be good for you. The second looks at what happened when Mark decided it was time for his family to take a one day break from digital living – every week.
Lesson 1. Plan what you’re going to do with your time in advance.
(Affiliate links above)
I originally posted this over at Digital Caffeine.
A variation on the “husband advice” that flies around the internet every now and then.