Ignorance is bliss...how I'll probably parent my kids this summer.


I am Mummy to 3 children.  Harry and Matthew are 3 and Lauren is 10.  I am also a teacher to 30 children and believe me, it is easier to go to work than it is to keep these 3 occupied for the entire summer holidays. 6 whole weeks of having to occupy those tiny minds when they only want to do what they want to do...which usually involves messing with what they shouldn't mess with!
As a Mummy who will be at home all day, every day, I already know, from experience, that it's going to be tough.  My dreams of being a 'stay at home mum' who bakes and crafts and visits the park are often long gone by lunchtime on the first day.  It's exhausting and somewhat monotonous unless you find a way to grab some 'me' time for yourself in the middle of it all.
Here is a 'tongue in cheek' look at how I may have kept my littlests occupied in the past.
Twins | The One with the Wallpaper!
Buy them a plastic cooking utensils pack and let them pull the wallpaper off your wall and fry it on the carpet.
Pros - Buys about 15 minutes time and gets you the chance to completely redecorate the whole room!
Cons - Can be costly and your room looks a right mess and you'll find yourself having to look at it constantly, when you do eventually have carpet time, playing with your children. 



Buy a new ornament, if it can be a phone, even better.  Let your children disconnect it from the wall and practice their language skills by shouting for Grandma down it. Don't waste your time getting up and taking it off them, they'll only get it again.  Let them have their fun!
Pros - This one will buy you about 20 minutes, if you don't intervene. The kids are practicing their social skills, so it's all good!
Cons - You may be left un-contactable for the remaining days and weeks that are left of the holiday.  They will break the phone and nobody will be able to ring you, to invite you out on fancy play dates.



Let your children visit an art gallery in your lounge.  Just give them free access to all the pictures they shouldn't be able to reach, but can, and let them look carefully at the artist's technique and the colours used etc.
Pros - They are learning about colour and practicing their climbing technique.  You will be amazed at their abilities.  How did they get that off the wall? 
Cons - they might use the cooking utensils you bought them, to slice through the canvas.



Make them a drink and then sneak off somewhere for some peace and quiet.  Your child will enjoy pouring it all over your furniture and then patting it with their hands so it goes all over the wallpaper that you're going to be replacing anyway.
Pros - you're changing the wallpaper anyway and with a bit of luck, you're carpet will be ruined too, so you can get a new one of those too.
Cons - Don't give them milk - It stinks!
Disclaimer: All of the above pictures were taken when my 2 little monkeys were growing up.  I probably, in all seriousness, only had my back turned for a couple of minutes each time.
Ignorance is Bliss
As they've got older, I still manage to find snippets of 'me' time. The consequences are pretty much the same though.
I sometimes 'accidentally' leave the ribbon off the fridge door, so they can raid it.


I like to pretend that they're not really messing with the outdoor water tap.


And if I leave the lock off Lauren's bedroom door, so they can go in and 'investigate'...


Who knows how much time I will get for me...
If you want to be boring, you can visit my Pinterest page instead. It has loads of  ideas for how to be a yummy mummy, this summer - get your apron out!

 
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15 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

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    1. No problem. Thank you for hosting us 😊

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  2. Thank you for making me laugh! As a parent who home educates, I need tips like these all year round! :-) #bigpinklink

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    1. Thank you. They are a real handful my two boys. I try to see the funny side as much as possible, before I go mad 😊

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  3. Off to but extra kitchen utensils - love it! xoxo #bigpinklink

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    1. Good idea! I promise you'll have hours of peace and quiet, but no wallpaper on your walls 🙈

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  4. Oh my goodness. I think the kids must have enjoyed these activities. #MarvMondays

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    1. They did. I've only just got them to see sense with things like this and they are 3 and a half almost. Hard work 😊

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  5. Oh yes! I often pretend I don't know they're playing with the outside water tap :) #bigpinklink

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    1. I do. They don't cause too much damage playing with it and sometimes you just need a minute don't you. 😊

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  6. Glad I'm not the only one whose a bit crap at entertaining, haha! Love these suggestions. Being 37 weeks preggo and having a 2.5 year old is currently presenting it's challenges. All of the above at least sound more doable than the arts & crafts I come across on Pinterest! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

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    1. Entertaining kids all day long is very hard work. It's no wonder we turn a blind eye sometimes. Mine hate Pinterest style ideas - too much structure involved. Not long to go now before baby arrives. Good luck 😊

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  7. Haha brilliant! Your attitude towards summer hols sound a little like mine. Start out with all the good intentions and then realise how hard it is! Thanks for being a #bigpinklinker

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    1. I'm on day one of the holidays as I type and I'm already exhausted! 😔

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  8. Mine are all grown up now but it did bring back memories thanks for the giggles Although saying I do have a 4yr old granddaughter Oh nooo!! Lol

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