Are you a waitress for kids?
Don’t get me wrong! I completely accept that you should ensure your children are fed when they are young but when is it OK to ask them to at least get a quick snack for themselves?
My youngest child is 11 and my oldest is 16. All of them expect me to be at their beck and call every time they fancy a drink or something to eat. So I find myself leaping up often at the most inconvenient moments to meet the need of their bellies.
Am I just getting grumpy and menopausal or are they taking the proverbial?
I have got them to point where they will wait if I am on an important telephone call or in the middle of something but all too often I am only postponing the next whinge/nag/bleat.
When I get really frustrated I find myself saying unhelpful comments;
“Your Grandpa was in the Royal Navy when he was just a few months older than you!”
My husband makes the point that I am too soft with the children but I want to be a good mum. I want them to enjoy their childhood but I would quite like to enjoy my adulthood too!
There is also the annoying issue of how they will take snacks upstairs (and on occasion expect them to be delivered) but always forget to bring down empty cups and plates. Grrrr!
On the other hand, we don’t sit down at a table together often as a family. The children love it when we do so perhaps I should make a New Year resolution to put this in place for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I am managing time better already and this family meal time can add to our home education with stimulating discussion and a sense of sharing.
They also love cooking with me so we can do that more often and that is of course great for learning about science and cookery.
It’s going to be OK even if it was not this morning and blogging it out helps.
Am I the only one who does not entirely love the job description of waitress for kids?