Thursday, 21 July 2011

Mummy Mojo and the Great Summer Holiday Challenge


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 retail therapy sites that all had a little something to offer in way of entertaining the kids which I have shamelessly borrowed but, regrettably, nothing on finding my Mummy Mojo.

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*).

  1. Make an "I'm Bored" jar
  2. Paint paperweight stones
  3. Declutter toys
  4. Do a car boot sale selling of the decluttered toys
  5. Visit Burghley Water Gardens and Sculpture Park
  6. Visit Belton House Gardens
  7. Learn to ride scooters and balance bikes
  8. Go cycling at Rutland Water
  9. Refashion a T-shirt
  10. Read The Twits
  11. Go to see Cars 2
  12. Make a playlist for rainy afternoon ipod discos
  13. Camp in the garden
  14. Go to the outside pool at Tallington
  15. Go sledging at Tallington
  16. Go rock climbing at Tallington
  17. Make a scrapbook of the holidays
  18. Make a shell-stone-seaweed picture on the beach
  19. Play crazy golf
  20. Catch crabs
  21. Make a puppet
  22. Bake cakes
  23. Visit the Lincolnshire Home and Antiques Fair
  24. Make a junk robot
  25. Make multi-coloured popcorn
  26. Foot & hand painting
  27. Collect flowers to press and make bookmarks for Grandparents
  28. Go bug spotting
  29. Go fishing
  30. Make glitter jelly
  31. Make a theatre
  32. Put on a show
  33. Refurbish a bookcase for the boys
  34. Refurbish a wardrobe for the Princess
  35. Make a shoe tidy for the hall
  36. Sort old photographs into albums
  37. Watch the Railway Children
  38. Go to a museum
  39. Make a cut out comic book
  40. Go boating on Rutland Water
  41. Make garden decorations & wind chimes
  42. 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.

7 comments:

  1. I have a question:
    Haven't you left out 'Argue with the kids about what decluttered toys should actually be sold, versus what will go straight back in the cupboard because it is their absolute favourite and best'?

    And, how do you make multicoloured popcorn? Or glitter jelly?

    And, when you've finishe your photos can you come and do mine? I've got 4 years worth.

    Finally, I'm in! I will look forward to seeing your pics on facebook and send you some back!

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  2. What a GREAT list!

    Well done for recognising the problem and having the guts to do something about it! You will find that there are many other Mums who will recognise where you are and offer friendship and support.

    I look forward to following your progress... GOOD LUCK!

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  3. Thanks for your comments.
    ActuallyMummy, you are so right about the toys. This will have to be cunningly disguised as a 'sell you old stuff and make money to buy something new' activity. I can only hope!
    Tartankiwi, all support is gratefully received and I am fortunate that I do have some lovely friends who 'know' where I'm at!
    x

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  4. Great idea, and one I might have to do myself too. A list is a good thing to come up with. I suffer from boredom as well, it's just really hard to be motivated some days! I may bob back to visit your list some day very soon, lots of inspiration there! *passes gold star*

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  5. Great idea to have a to do list - you are one step ahead of me. We call this our summer holiday box - we write out suggestions on slips of paper and put them in and pull them out to decide what we are going to do. My son is refusing to do this until we have used up all the tissues in the tissue box. It just has to be done using the tissue box and my suggestion of using an old cat food box has been poo pooed. At this stage am thinking it's going to be a looooong summer.

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  6. Do you mind if I borrow some of your ideas? I've just been asked to write a guest post for a local educational blog with ideas for cheap ways to fill the holidays - I want your boredom jar!!

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  7. Fab List...looks like so much fun!

    I can relate to you feeling like a bored mummy. I went through a phase of feeling like that when my lot were little. the key is to always have things to look forward to and some time out from being a Mum, like the odd night out with friends or even just a night in to pamper yourself totally mummy free.

    Now I wish I was back there being a young Mum with all my kids small again...They are such precious years that fly by so fast x

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