|To prevent meltdowns on day trips the key is: PLAN AHEAD!|
Doesn’t your chest swell with motherly pride when you get complimented on the best behaviour of your kids? Blatantly yes! But you probably think that it isn’t entirely true. Even at church, your friends and parishioners will comment on your children’s good behaviour during service. Let’s accept you’re not that super mom who can wangle anything, especially since your kids misbehave all the time. You should consider it fortunate that most children tend to be more than shy if not less, around strangers and unfamiliar places.
That being said, most of your friends will ask you how you manage your little rugrats in public. So here are some handy tips you could use, which works for most mommies, at least it certainly does for me! The cardinal rule is to plan. A plan of action charted well ahead of the actual do, always goes that extra mile. Simple rule, applied to almost anything and everything in life. Here’s an armour to battle your cheeky, screaming and irritated adorable little monsters.
Tip number one to avoid throwing a spanner into the works is to pack homemade healthy snacks for all picnics, camping trips, almost everything. You’ve stacked all their favourite energy packed munchies and this can prove very handy on extra long journeys. Sort individual bags for special church services or places when you need your little ones to sit quiet in pin drop silence. Your little boy loves his interactive sticker books, your baby doll loves her dolls and fairy colouring books, so you’ve got horses for course there. Let dining out to a pub or any American eatery like McDonalds, KFC’s etc be a once a while special occasion. Take a kid to a place more than twice, he’s au fait with it, that it! They’ll slowly slide into their comfort zone with familiar surrounding and be the big bad cheeky monkeys they are at home all the time!
Next word of advice, label everything from the juice cans to the sarnie tiffins. This way you get no fights, each child knows what’s theirs and how much they can have and nothing over done. Easy Peasy! Have exciting games for the kids on your outing. A fun filled game of Bingo can be just what you need. Assign your eldest to call out the numbers and if you’ve got the time on you, design some bingo kid cards with stars, cookies and fairies of the sort. Everything going hunky-dory, Bob’s your uncle!
And lastly you get home knackered for some me-time. Unwind with a hot bubble bath, vino and an exciting online Bingo game (like those you can find on 888ladies), making some quick quid in the process.
Defo not a mommy with headaches, are you?