This is a sponsored guest post by James Gooding
Let’s face it, all parents have reached that moment over a wet weekend when they just need to get the kids out of the house for a bit and to find something to do that does not involve toys getting spilled all over the living room floor. Younger children, in particular, need to get out even if the weather means that a trip to the park is not practical. Children that are at pre-school or reception classes are usually starting to get used to the weekly routine and Saturdays, as a result, are normally okay from a home-parenting point of view. This is usually because some quality time, spent at home, is welcomed by children at this age. If there is no let up in the weather, however, then by Sunday morning you can be tearing your hair out thinking what to do.
If your children have not had swimming lessons, then it can be a great idea to get them used to the water – even if it is just for a bit of splashing about. Most swimming pools have learner pools that are designed for pre-schoolers. A Sunday morning trip to your local swimming baths, even if you only do it once in a while, will boost your child’s confidence when it comes to water. It can also make for a valuable lesson in safety around water. If it is raining outside, then getting wet in a learner pool really makes no difference anyway. If your child is nervous of the often noisy atmosphere at a swimming pool full of older kids on the weekend, then it is best to allow them to go at their own pace. Get in the water and encourage them to join you with plenty of smiling and eye contact. A simple toy, like a rubber ball, can help to make it a fun experience, too.
A trip to the cinema is something of a treat for most young children. Of course, nearly all kids watch plenty of television these days, including a myriad of old children’s movies that are broadcast. Nonetheless, the latest kids film releases are only to be found at a proper cinema, where the experience of watching with other members of the audience in the dark makes the whole thing more exciting. Bear in mind that Sunday mornings tend to be the best time to go the cinema for age appropriate screenings. Cinema chains, such as Cineworld, have some great offers for family audiences on the weekend. Cineworld currently price kids screening for as little as £1 meaning that, over the course of a 90 minute film, you get a lot of entertainment for your money.
Indoor Play Houses
There has been huge growth of these sorts of centres in recent years in the UK. On rainy days, they tend to get busy so go in the morning rather than waiting for the middle of the day when they tend to get packed out. Most indoor play houses have soft play areas for younger children and even sensory studios designed to assist the learning of babies and toddlers. Kids love immersing themselves in balls and testing their balance on the climbing systems. If you have more than one child, then it is probably best to keep them in the same area so that you can keep an eye on both of them easily. In the largest playhouses of this sort, smaller children can find themselves lost or disorientated occasionally, so it is better to know where they are. Active children can get hot running around in an indoor play environment. Dress them in layers so that they can cool down easily when necessary, but be warm enough when you venture outside once again.
Words every father* longs to hear his little girl say.
All of Jake & Ellie’s 4 years, I’ve been waiting to hear these words.
The sort of words that make all the stress, all the hard work, all the sleepless nights, the tantrums, the mess, etc., all of it, all worth it.
Finally it happened: I heard those words, spoken to me by my darling little girl.
Just 4 little words, but 4 little words that changed my world.
Yes! She said:
“I hate Simon Cowell”
Ellie, you wonderful, perceptive, intelligent little girl!
Now, let me just talk to you about a certain Mr. Farage…
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It was Easter Sunday & we were chilling out after a typically active day, watching ‘Despicable Me’ on TV.
Gru was zooming towards the moon in his rocket (to steal it, of course) when Jake noticed that bits of the rocket were falling off as it left the Earth. He thought it was broken & that Gru was in trouble.
Cue a Daddy Science Lesson!
Jake is already a fan of science, & wants to be a Scientist when he grows up. Mind you, at 1 point I wanted to be a hairdresser (they seemed to have good social lives), then ended up working in the Post Office – so who knows?
I tried to explain that a rocket needs most of its power to get away from the Earth, & doesn’t need the same power to go back again, & that’s why it was losing the bits it didn’t need.
I went on to explain that this was because of something called ‘gravity’, which the Earth has, & that the rocket needs a lot of ‘oomph’ to get away out into space.
To illustrate I grabbed the remains of a cream cheese sandwich he’d been eating.
“You see this? The reason it doesn’t just float when I drop it is because of gravity. In space it would just float”.
As a demonstration I dropped it onto the plate.
Ellie, who’d obviously also been paying attention, then joined in.
She picked up the sandwich and – in the interests of Science of course – threw it across the room: Gravity did its thing.
And I had to clean up a glob of cream cheese from off the carpet.
I like to think though that they may have learnt something. In any case, I’ve learnt that the next time I want to be Mr. Educator I should probably demonstrate with something a little less messy!
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Conversations here seem to be getting more surreal by the day.
Jake & Ellie have figured out that we can be more relaxed on what they or we eat when unwell: depending on what the malady is, of course. Not being so insistent on their eating if they don’t want to, extra treats where appropriate: that sort of thing.
“We can eat anything when we’re poorly can’t we?”
We were sent a crafting kit by Family Investments for us to make something nice for Mothers Day. When it arrived I was really surprised: it’s a very generous selection!
I actually felt slightly under pressure to do it justice! Jake & Ellie have only recently really got into crafting, & they’re still only 4. They however were just excited! Continue reading