I am writing this post to bring a smile to my face. My son has just brought a friend home. I don’t like the way visiting children act as if your home is theirs. What happened to being a guest and not going anywhere and mouthing off freely? I probably get these feelings from my mum. My friends would come and call for me and we would play out on building sites when tweens and early teens and go to pubs and clubs as teenagers. I did not have people sleeping over. People only came to tea if there family were having a crisis and mum wanted to help out. I know I should be all sweet and yummy mummy like but “GRRRRRR!” and all that. I don’t mind pre-arranged playdates and actually go wild to make these great for all concerned. And yes, I know it is the children’s home too but I still don’t like the invasion of other people’s kids.
Think cheerful Kate!
1. We had a good old-fashioned day out at the seaside on Saturday on our first visit to Bognor Regis. We went in the amusements with Him Indoors playing a fierce game of table hockey and my daughter continuing her obsession with the 2p machines (very much her grandma’s legacy on this front). Then we did crazy golf which is always so much fun. Ice-creams followed and then tokens so the children could go on a bouncy slide, motorbike ride and do a bit of boating too. Then they went in the seaside whilst I sat on the beach taking photos and one particularly pleasing one if I do say so myself.
2. On Sunday we headed to the Natural History Museum in London. It is free although we did pay for an exhibition on Neanderthal man as we are covering this in home education. It was great to see the children making connections between what I am teaching them and exhibits on things like volcanos. We had a good look round but will need to return and want to anyway as legs got a little tired after 3 hours or so. We had lunch there too and said yes instead of no to the children in the shop. My daughter loved the crystals and my son wanted a Mining Kit which gave him hours of amusement (and frustration at times!).
3. I am learning to relax as the weeks go by on our home education journey. I get very cranky the day before my period arrives so I am going to ensure that in future that is a bit of slack day on learning and more fun based to stop me getting all irritable with the children. Sometimes I think we are not doing enough but then I look back and we have done so much on polygons, volcanos, Neanderthal man, Ancient Egypt, poetry, synonyms, similes, alliteration, classical music, Halloween history and commercialisation, Roman Numerals and so much more. We are going to pack the weekends with stuff too so that Him Indoors gets involved too.
4. Him Indoors has an application in for a really well-paid job so we will see how that pans out. He also has a job interview next week. Time will tell and he is OK where he is right now.
5. We have fun things planned for the weekend.
6. I am still enjoying all things Striking Mums.
You see – I feel better already!