This morning it was photo day at nursery, now getting dressed in the morning, as many parents will attest to is a battle in itself. Couple that with two children under 5 jacked up on advent calendar chocolate and a range of ‘princess’ dresses to choose from – well it’s like negotiating a peace treaty with over excited politicians.
Trying to get them to wear something festive, clean and not Disney themed is the key. Because photo day goodies will make for lovely festive goodies for grandparents and it means I’m off the hook on making yet another handmade card… Yes, sorry there’s only so much craft one can take!
Obviously there’s that rationale and the fact that you are preserving their dignity, for when years to come and after the photo once purchased, and displayed for ever, they’ll want to know why Mummy put them in an Elsa dress with trainers or a yellow t-shirt with white leggings in the depths of bloody winter.
Anyway, with said negotiations completed, breakfast (kept in the bowl – thank you god) and children dropped at nursery on time and with spares in case the red paint finger painting fun did go ahead (thanks Niki) it got me to thinking.
Parenting is hard – and couple that with Christmas – all this temptation about, Elves on damn shelves, chocolate daily – parents really are held to ransom. Every time I hit a supermarket and it seems to be daily – you always hear ‘put that back… Pleeeeaase!’ ‘It’s Christmas soon, what’s Santa going to bring’ etc normally through gritted teeth because I can only imagine it’s for the 100th time.
This time of year is magical but it can be stressful, expensive and tiresome… it’s also so bloody confusing for our youngsters we are trying to bring up with good values, behaviours etc. It’s beyond comprehension to expect them to understand they have to wait for some dude in a red suit to deliver presents or that it’s ok to eat choc everyday for one month of the year. No wonder we all crash in January!
Parents and toddlers I salute you!
Be kind to yourselves.
See you in the trenches.