School holidays are imminent *pauses to breathe deeply* and I am getting more and more anxious as each day passes and the time comes when "I'm bored" and "I'm hungry" get stuck on repeat. I know I have been guilty recently of being a bit of a lazy parent, lacking in the 'entertaining the kids' department and probably relying on their self motivation and the digital babysitter a bit too much.
Through self counselling (read: giving myself a good talking to) I have recognised that I am a bored Mother. There. I've said it. I've lost my mummy mojo. Not quite sure where I left it but have so far searched the immediate area of the under stairs cupboard where most lost things turn up and the kitchen messy drawer without even a sniff. I thought I would look online and found some great
I have decided on a two pronged attack. The first is to have a list of things to do with the kids (who are 6, 3 and 18 months) and then (assuming that they are suitably entertained and not screaming at each other or at me) find a bit of quality time for myself to work out why I am bored and what I can do about it.
So, stage 1: The list (because I do like a good list) of 'things to do' that can be called upon to fill the looming days ahead (all 42 of them *gulp*).
- Make an "I'm Bored" jar
- Paint paperweight stones
- Declutter toys
- Do a car boot sale selling of the decluttered toys
- Visit Burghley Water Gardens and Sculpture Park
- Visit Belton House Gardens
- Learn to ride scooters and balance bikes
- Go cycling at Rutland Water
- Refashion a T-shirt
- Read The Twits
- Go to see Cars 2
- Make a playlist for rainy afternoon ipod discos
- Camp in the garden
- Go to the outside pool at Tallington
- Go sledging at Tallington
- Go rock climbing at Tallington
- Make a scrapbook of the holidays
- Make a shell-stone-seaweed picture on the beach
- Play crazy golf
- Catch crabs
- Make a puppet
- Bake cakes
- Visit the Lincolnshire Home and Antiques Fair
- Make a junk robot
- Make multi-coloured popcorn
- Foot & hand painting
- Collect flowers to press and make bookmarks for Grandparents
- Go bug spotting
- Go fishing
- Make glitter jelly
- Make a theatre
- Put on a show
- Refurbish a bookcase for the boys
- Refurbish a wardrobe for the Princess
- Make a shoe tidy for the hall
- Sort old photographs into albums
- Watch the Railway Children
- Go to a museum
- Make a cut out comic book
- Go boating on Rutland Water
- Make garden decorations & wind chimes
- Blow the biggest bubble ever
I intend to do a little photo log of the school holidays by taking a picture a day of what we have done to amuse ourselves (family friendly of course for anyone sniggering at the back) and posting these once a week.
As for the second part of my two-pronged attack, well, I hope part one will force me into a bit of action and fend off some of the boredom but I will absolutely try to get some time off to work it all out.
Come back for regular progress reports.