Category Archives: Bedtime

Football and the kid life balance

Parenting dilemma for this week centred around the big football game against Columbia. Do I stay home and put her to bed at 7, also kick off time (for the players, not my daughter) or take her with me to a mates house so I’ve at least got someone there to moan about the ref to. I had planned to leave at half time, go home, get my 5 year old into bed and watch the rest on my own, but it felt like I might be tempting fate if I changed anything about the circumstances.

So we stayed until full time, by then of course we had to go to extra time. I shimmied my girl out the door as quickly as I could and chased home, got her into bed and listened to a tele in the other room whilst I read the Gruffalo.

Penalties were watched all alone in my bedroom in near on silence as I jumped up and down, cheering England in the goals, whilst trying not to wake my girl. It’ll be much easier at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. C’MON ENGLAND!!!

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Mission: Night Out

Everyone has different struggles as a parent, going it alone, doing it solo throws up a few weird ones. For example, going out for the evening. Last night I planned a rare trip to the theatre and this is how it has to go down. My five-year-old’s bedtime is 6:45 but that’s the time that I’m supposed to be leaving the house, so she needs to be in bed and asleep by 630.

The deal is this little girl doesn’t like mummy going out and leaving her with a babysitter, so I have to pretend that I’m staying home and therefore put her in bed and read a story whilst in my pyjamas too. I mean I can’t put any perfume on, or make up because she’ll clock it and guess I’m going out the front door.

So with military precision last night I started the bedroom time routine just before six with milk and a biscuit, and a story in my pyjamas. When she first goes to sleep she shuts her eyes, I have to hold her hand and sit there until I can see her breathing get deeper and that she’s in a proper dream state. Then it’s all systems go and I have to fly around the house getting dressed and putting make-up on and out the door in 10 minutes. I still can’t believe all those little silly things you have to do as a mum, it all feels like normal, until you tell someone else. Haha xx

When/how will co-sleeping End?

The fact is, my daughter has snuck into my bed in the middle of the night for 3 years now. She doesn’t get such a good night sleep and nor do I, so I’ve tried everything I can to get her to stay in her bed. She does fall into a slumber in her bed it’s just that she doesn’t stay there.

She used to blame the moon and say it did magic and put her next to me in the dark, so I wrote her a letter from the moon saying that if she stayed in her bed when would leave a prize every day under her mattress, it bled me dry! In the end I was leaving anything that I could find, half an old biscuit or three pieces of popcorn, ha ha.

We also tried sticker charts and she’s done very well she currently has five stickers on the chart it’s just that has come from a month, not so good. I reckon she responds quite well to bribery, y’know the carrot not the stick, so I said if she stayed in her room for the entire night seven nights on the trot she would get a big prize. She lasted two nights. I pulled out the big guns and promised a pet if she could do 21 sleeps in a row. This made for a very excited little girl thinking of a pet fish called “Goldie” (I’m presuming after it’s colour, not the drum n bass guy?) She managed one sleep.

I’ve changed tack now and have resorted to asking her how to keep her in her own bed. She thought about it for some time and told me that my bed is comfy and cosy because I’m there and the only way she was going to stay in her princess bed was if I locked her to the mattress! Obviously I’m not going to do that, I don’t have chains long enough, ha ha.

I’m at my wits end with, I’ve run out of ideas, should I just let her sleep in my bed and if I shouldn’t how do I stop her coming in? Any suggestions gratefully received as ever…….

Bleeding heck…

My four-year-old is doing a project at school about bodies, she’s obsessed with blood. She tells me on a daily basis, there is blood in our feet, in our hands, in our head, in our faces and in our tummies.

When I fell over last week her only concern was how much I bled, it was just a little graze on my knee but she thought Id lost pints! If she falls over, which is every other day, she’ll be fine until she sees the tiniest little drop of claret.

In a discussion about Someone that died she asked “did all their blood come out?” I think I’ve bred vampire in training.

The big issues

It’s inevitable that kids cry when they’re tired, hey, it’s inevitable that I cry when I’m tired, but at least it’s at a sad film or because I’ve broken my favourite wine glass, but the my 4 year old daughter really goes for it at the slightest thing. Within an hour today we have had meltdowns for these reasons:

*Breaking biscuit in 2 when she wanted it whole, but it wouldn’t fit in the cup of milk

*Me putting her socks on when she wanted to do it herself

*Me taking her socks back off

*The bed covers being minions not the Anna and Elsa duvet covers

*Cos it’s not her birthday

Jeez, I really have to mum up!

New Year’s Eve-what do you do?

I’m not a massive fan of New Year’s Eve, never have been, I think it’s for people who don’t normally go out and too much pressure to stay awake and smile, but I go along with it and mark it every twelve months. So, NYE-to go out or not?

That’s the dilemma every year, when she was a baby it was easy, take her along, she’ll sleep anywhere in her buggy, but as she’s got older it’s more of an issue. I’m only talking about house parties by the way, don’t picture us giving it large in a nightclub!

This year we’re going to someone’s house and I think the best thing to do is drive, here’s my thinking, if she wants to sleep, I’m sure she can go on top of one of the beds, but if we get a whinger of an evening, I can whip her home with no bother and not ruin the celebration for anyone else. One thing I do know is that she definitely will not make midnight, there’s a very good chance I’ll be asleep too!

I give you……the nativity

You want your kids to grow up knowing the real meaning of Christmas. All about love and peace to the world, everyone living side by side and the nativity. My daughter has nailed it!