Thursday, 22 March 2012

10 Things I Have Learnt Today

  1. Just because you are full doesn't mean you don't need another hot cross bun.
  2. Just because the bedroom door is shut doesn't mean she is asleep.
  3. Just because you think it will be a quick trip to the shops doesn't mean it will be.
  4. Just because you are considerate of other drivers doesn't mean others are considerate of you.
  5. Just because you are excited to get out of the house doesn't mean said driver won't make you cry.
  6. Just because your 2 year old usually is a dream when shopping doesn't mean she always will be.
  7. Just because you can threaten said 2 year old with no purchase of flashing lights slippers does not mean she will do what you want.
  8. Just because you are generally fit and healthy doesn't mean you should carry 2 year old around around a Westfield.
  9. Just because you ate McDonalds whilst 2 year old is asleep in the car, doesn't mean it actually happened. 
  10. I can make impulsive shopping purchases that work. Orange + me = match made in heaven. Even if you think I look ridiculous, let me live with my delusions for one more day PLEASE.

What did you learn today?

Friday, 2 March 2012

Our Play 'Philosphy'

I have no professional experience (yet!) but here at the G household, we believe in play. Quiet play, noisy play, messy play - all kinds of fun. We try to let Miss S guide us but I also find lots of ideas from various mum websites.

I don't like to impose too many restrictions, but I must say sometimes when I see the mess (ie. rice EVERYWHERE) I have to restrain my inner OCD. I try to put down mats or drop sheets to capture the mess and make cleaning up easier.

Miss S also makes mess but she helps clean it too. I think thats an important lesson to teach - you can have as much fun as you like (providing you aren't hurting yourself or others) but we do need to clean up afterwards.

I thought I would share a couple of messy things we have done (in photos).

Likes to paint herself!

Chalk drawing on back pavement

This one was hard for me - a rainmaker. This is S inserting the rice. EEK. Keep vacuum nearby. 

There is definitely a reason she is mostly naked when painting!


Cubbies with cuzzies!

Beads, beads, beads

Helping Mummy make dinner

Coloured rice! I don't think I have any "AFTER" photos!

Jelly! I hid some animals for her to find, and she still managed to eat ALOT.
Pretty party dress + puddle.
I don't religiously plan something every week for us to do, I keep a list of things I want to do mostly compiled from Childhood 101Play at Home Mum and The Imagination Tree and kind of pick something once a week (a little less lately - new baby is sucking the life out of me!).

Miss S is only 2 so she doesn't usually initiate any craft activity, but she is starting to so I will definitely be guided by her in the future.

Hope you see something here to inspire you!