If any of you have been following my blog, you know I have had some health issues as of late. It has meant all the things I had planned to do with my children have been put on hold, or we have had to adjust slightly. It is not great but my children are wonderfully understanding, and at the minute I don’t have a lot of choice. I do try on occasion to take the kids out and do exciting things, but then I spend four days recovering. So on this note, this post today is about my idea of lazy parenting. Obviously, they still get fed and bathed, although just lately, I needed help with that but that is another story. But I am talking about all the fun things I wanted to do with them.
(A very “healthy” but special dinner of pancakes at Poppins – one of our faves!)
It was science week at school and my children got obsessed with space, and we had saved a big box to turn into a rocket. But I haven’t much time at the minute, between working, school runs, out of school activities and just general life as a working mum, as well as spending most days in bouts of agony, meant I didn’t get to make the rocket. And the box just kept getting moved from one room to another, before MR BC got annoyed and threw it out. The children were distraught! What is a mum to do?! Thank goodness for Hobby craft. A last minute run to the store, picked one up and had it assembled within minutes, and then the children spent a wonderful evening colouring together in peace and playing astronauts. Beautiful if slightly lazy but also wonderfully clever of me, if I don’t say so. Now a few years ago, I would have cried at myself. I crave making something from nothing, and we have made some amazing creations from cardboard boxes, but going from a stay at home mum to a working mum and with health issues thrown in, I don’t always have the time or inclination. In the future, we may crack out a box for a boat but for now, I am happy knowing that my children still get to help their imagination along with some simple crafting and I can have a few minutes in peace whilst they work, knowing I haven’t had to do much, but they are still enjoying themselves.
A happy and stress free mummy makes happy and content children!
So I take back the lazy parenting! This was pure genius on my part! When I had the time and inclination to build a rocket from scratch, good for me! Now I don’t have time nor the energy, so I bought a shop made one, still good for me.
I have lived both sides of the parenting debate (stay at home/working mum), I live with an undiagnosed issue that leaves me in pain, I have two children in school who still need my undivided attention on occasion and I gladly give it. We still have sleep issues with one and food issues with the other, and we live our life the best we can, with the cards we’ve been dealt and that is pretty good for us too! So, if I have learnt anything these last few months, it is to live how you want to, find happiness where you can, do things to make life easier if you can, enjoy time you have together and most of all cherish everything, all the time. I may not have built a rocket from scratch but my kids still think its a good enough rocket to get them to Mars and that is good enough for me.