After The Storm…

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Since my delightful two-year-old turned into a diva on (precisely) Tuesday of last week, I have found myself taking a good long look at my parenting skills. You’d have to be pretty thick skinned not to when your child is screaming “Don’t call me naughty! YOU are naughty!” at you. And I have admitted something to myself. As much as Freya and I love going to the park, children’s centres and our weekly music class, when we do have an afternoon to ourselves it’s far more tempting to start the zillions of things I have to do around the house than it is to sit down and play a game with her. Talk about a guilty secret… Since when did the hoovering become more important (interesting?!) than playing a game with my own dear daughter?

There is a happy ending to this shameful story, we decided to come up with some ideas for games we could play together. And it’s been an epiphany of sorts, because there are far less temper tantrums and much more cuddles when we are playing together rather than apart.

Here are a few of our new favourites…

Bathing baby – we filled the kitchen sink with bubbles and water and bathed our babies (dolls, not real ones!) with cheap sponges. Then we put their nappies on and put them into bed – this also proved a helpful trick at bedtime because we had to be very quiet and soothing so as not to wake baby!

Pasta necklaces – We painted/glittered/stuck paper on to some pasta tubes and threaded them on to string to make necklaces…

Make a Face – If you want to do craft but you just can’t face the mess, we love the Mister Maker kits and they are on offer at the Early Learning Centre at the moment.

Meet the wildlife – Now Freya is walking to the park/shops/everywhere she has a growing fascination with slugs, snails, spiders and creepie crawlies in general. This isn’t my favourite past-time, especially since I have to pretend I love holding a ladybird (least favourite thing) in the palm of my hand for several minutes at a time. But, we’ve found the Chad Valley Insect Collecting Kit and it’s a great way to keep them entertained either at the park or in the garden for hours. Time enough for a cup of tea while they hunt them out if insects aren’t your bag either…

Music – If all else fails, we bought the Jump Up and Sing CD which has most of our favourite songs – Wheels on the Bus, Happy and You Know It, Music Man (personal fave because it stays in my head for days on end… I find Pia, Pia, Piano! has a habit of popping into my head at around 4am when I can’t sleep) etc.

I’m still looking for fun new games we can do together so if you have any ideas please let me know!


About freyablog

I am Freya's mummy and a freelance writer living in Hither Green, London.

3 responses »

  1. Great suggestions Vicky. here’s some other things that Emma gets up to (none of them my idea – either Grandma or Nursery deserve full credit!). We’ve got a couple of ‘magic painting’ books. All the fun of painting but you only need water so there’s really no mess (and one of those pots with the non-spill lids is genius!). Also play with shaving foam (ask Daddy’s permission first) or cooked and cooled pasta. I plan also to buy Emma a vacuum cleaner so when the time comes, we can do that dreaded task together!! x x

  2. rebecca wallis

    i find that if you lock them in a room and pop out to the local pub that by the time you get back their attitude has subsided somewhat ….. JOKES!!!! all good ideas vic, I know exactly what you mean tho as Toby has perfected the art of saying ‘NO!!!’ to everything and loves nothing more than a melodramatic body throw (whilst being careful not to bump his head) on the floor with a loud fake wail. Needless to say I bribe him a lot with biscuits. Toby is the same tho, the more attention he gets the better behaved he is .. as boring as it is. Good blog!

  3. You’re right about the epiphany, i had the same thing. If you can turn everything into a game it really helps, after all for them, apart from eating and sleeping all there is, is play! I think the books ‘your child at play’ are great for suggesting ways of turning household chores into games. I was also surprised at what my daughter was capable of when I actually let her have a go at things like hanging up the washing, etc. If only that worked for husbands… 😉


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