Today has been a good day. We have had happy times, joyful times, creative times and some relatively peaceful times. We made sticky pictures, we went to the library, we went to buy popcorn, we played the colours game, we read the library books, we read ALL the books my dad sent us, we made lunch together, we had lunch, we went to play in the castle park, we watched Cinderella, we had snack, we sang movement songs, we played with the beanbags, we read more stories and much more. But…
And I’m afraid there is a but. I haven’t had a cup of tea, I haven’t been to the toilet and my children haven’t been alone for a single second. Now, I know that they need this and I understand that. But this is not sustainable parenting. Tea must be drunk throughout the day!
So, by acknowledging that we have a good day when I am a constant presence, how do we begin to move forward?
On the not so good days, I make lunch when Little naps, I get tea ready when she naps, I get everything done during this time so that I can be with them as much as possible. But clearly the loo breaks and the tea breaks and the occasional ‘sitting in a chair and taking a deep breath’ breaks are having an impact.
So this post is becoming an ‘answers on a postcard please’. How do I give my children what they clearly need but manage to have a moment? (and an empty bladder!)
We are 10 months into our journey, a relatively short amount of time but long enough to establish routines. Long enough to create visual timetables and to build up a repertoire of this is what we do.
But it’s not enough. My children are obviously needing more from me.
And I really want to give it to them but…