Welcome back to the Sunday Parenting Party. We’re linking up parenting posts that involve us as parents. We keep the Sunday Parenting Party free of activity based posts and instead focus on help each other as parents through giving and seeking advice and sharing things that worked.
Not chocking on advice
“Take them outside!”
We had a very wet Christmas time that left all the areas we played boggy and very slippery. Not that it stopped us. We were out in it but since locally lots of places are on a slope, all it took was one false move and slip you were over.
So that’s mud all down the side you slipped on if you’re lucky to turn that way or if you’re like my children it meant you were covered from boots to hair in dripping mud.
Fun for a moment but really chilly to the bone.
I tell you walking back with muddy children was an interesting experience.
With short memories we went out again many times and it was just easier to come in through the back door. Stip off- everything and put straight into the washing machine.
The reason this worked for us was mainly how much time we allowed for changing and the expectation that we would get wet and cold.
There was a hot chocolate or warm apple juice to greet them at home. I wasn’t upset about the muddy clothes- just where they put it. After successfully get them to put their clothes into the laundry bag now they added their wet muddy clothes there too
It wasn’t let’s go to the park and meadow for 30 minutes. The whole walk there, change and back took more like 1.5hrs. Being realistic about the time helped us to have a better time. This is something I’m working on this year- setting more realistic time limits. After all the time it takes for a 4, 7 and 9 year old will vary and in the speed to get things done it doesn’t produce the results I was expecting.
When someone offers advice it’s easy to choke on it and quickly come back with a….but……well…. that’s ridiculous. I’m trying some adjustment in that first thought this year.
If you’re new here we’d love you to join in by adding your post to the bottom and have a read of the other posts. Let’s jump into two articles from last week I enjoyed from this past weeks Sunday Parenting Party.
HELP: Siblings sharing a room and bedtime!
What do you do when you have two children close in age sharing a bedroom and bedtimes?
As a mum of 3 boys we have this same problem. I love the comments and support. If you have children who share a room or you shared a room with your sibling. Why not weigh in and give your advice.
Entitlement: Mom Is Not The Customer Service
In our quest to be positive parents it’s a lot harder to let frustration and disappointments build character in our children’s lives. Knowing when to intervene and what to say isn’t easy but until you try it you don’t know it. Worth a read.
Would love you to pop on over to both these parenting posts and have a read.
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Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam says
So, so true that allowing plenty of time to do things makes everything much less stressful. I hate to rush around so I purposefully create our days to have lots of time to do each activity instead of rushing around from place to place or activity to activity.
Thanks for the encouragement. It’s not as easy as I thought. Small step each day.