Friday, August 31, 2012

Fancy an Outing with the Kids?

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?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Right mommies, fancy a cuppa?

Time to bung that unending to-do list, diapers and crockery! Time for your exclusive day out! Let’s not get too chuffed to bits my love. We mommies can’t really have a wholesale day to ourselves now, can we? So let’s see how we can fit bits and bobs of your ‘me-time’ into our busy day without harbouring a slacker.

Cook up a storm with a power packed energizing brekkie which will keep you up and about geared for the day to come. A sprinkle of flaxseeds in your cereal blesses you with your share of essential Omega-3 acids. Wash out all negative thoughts and welcome everything that’s positive including words and thoughts! Banish words like stressful, knackered, and difficult from your personal dictionary. Make way for mentally stimulating time with the children by singing along with them, even if it’s just a ‘The grand old duke of York’ or ‘Peter Hammer,’ you’ll be surprised by how wonderful this experience can be. Stock the light flowery air conditioner to suit and relax you. Fragrance can refresh and relax you giving you that spa aromatherapy effect. Have a chin wag with a lady as you pick up the laundry. A little talk and bonding is extremely vital. Engage in a small mental escape with a little dreaming at midday. Make tea time an auspicious celebration. Out with your best Royal Doulton teapot with your double cream & jam scones with chocolate chip muffins on your flowery cake stand. A good old cuppa will relax you and help you rise high above the day. Get down and dirty playing and jumping like a kid with your kids in the garden. Do not leave any muscle uncorked.

And while the lovely day turns to dawn, have a butcher online at some fabulous Bingo games (Big Brother Bingo is a great place to start playing and getting free cash and gift certificates), for excitement, fun, friendship and strike gold with some big wins. It’s the Mutt’s Nuts I say!

So don’t wait for Christmas! Chivvy along and make hay while the sun still shines!