I thought I would check what cheerfulness means partly as inspiration for today’s post as for a variety of reasons I am feeling tired.
Google tells me that cheerfulness is the state of being noticeably happy and optimistic. I am happy enough at the moment but more importantly I am optimistic with a real feeling I am in charge of my own destiny. I think it is a long time and possibly over 10 years since I last felt quite this way.
This year will bring great changes and I have 2 options both of which would improve things for myself and my family.
Happiness this week came from again listening to my mind and body and giving them what they need. This enables me to be more present for my children and to get things done efficiently too.
My oldest son is recovering steadily after his operation and it is nice to have him around more.
My daughter continues her mix of creative brilliance combined with strong opinions on current affairs.
My youngest son and I have had huge joy this week playing with fire!
Apparently cheerfulness also means the quality of causing happiness. I am discovering by allowing myself to be happier, it almost inevitably results in those around me being happier too.
It’s a time for snuggles and lazy hours in between spurts of creativity and brilliance.
More mundane thoughts include being over the moon that I have several bin bags ready for the tip tomorrow and more for the charity shop. I am finally working out that streamlining the house a little makes housework so much easier.
What cheerfulness means varies from individual to individual and from week to week. Will you celebrate that will the Reasons to be Cheerful blog hop?
How are you cheering others?
Playing with fire is dangerous. Should we do it and if so under what circumstances?
I like candles and my son was watching me light them the other day. He wanted to have a go. All my protective instincts screamed no. Then I reflected that he will need to strike a match (and out on his own!) at some point in his life. So I let him try and after a few failed attempts he was delighted to see the flame.
Today he said he wanted to do some science and burn different types of material. Again, this sent me into a panic and then I decided to just go with it. We had over a hour of playing with fire and noticed how different materials really do burn in a very different way and at different speeds. He even learned what a Tampax was for the first time as I had heard they are great for getting a bonfire going.
Whilst we marveled at the different shapes of flames we listened to a Horrible Histories audio book about the Rotten Romans noticing how often humour was used and also alliteration. There may have been a role-play session on the murder of Caesar!
In the end we had a full morning of full on fun and learning.
So as I have a cuppa and a think, I compare home education to playing with fire. So many people tell you it is dangerous to go down this route and nobody more so than yourself sometimes. Yet when you stop stressing it and throw yourself into it with gusto, it is a delight and memorable learning takes place not just for the child but for the parent too.
There is movement and laughter. There is risk-taking and caution too. That sounds pretty much life life really and that is what we are educating our kids for right?
There was a sad woman on telly
who hoped she was shrinking my belly
She said Brand New You
I escaped to the loo
And went to the kitchen for jelly!
Dedicated to Lorraine Kelly.
Treating nosebleeds is something most parents have had to do at some point. Do you now what to do if your child has a nosebleed?
I find my daughter is prone to nosebleeds. She used to have the odd idea that they came every Halloween! My sons don’t have them often at all. In fact my 11 year old had one this morning and it took him totally by surprise.
I remember the first time my daughter has a nosebleed my husband said she should tip her head back and I disagreed drawing on some distant memory of my first aid training at Brownies.
So here is what you should do when you are treating a nosebleed.
If your child is under 2 year of age, seek medical advice immediately as this is rare and may suggest something serious.
Encourage your child to sit down and firmly pinch the soft part of their nose just above the nostrils.
Don’t rush it – they should do this for at least 10 minutes.
I was right. Your little one should lean forward and breathe through their mouth so the blood does not go down the back of their throat.
You could place an ice park (or pack of frozen peas or veg of your choice!) on the bridge of their nose covered by a towel.
Staying sitting up discourages further bleeding.
One of the most vital things you can do for your child is not to panic. As in any situation if you act confidently they feel safe and secure.
If the bleeding does not stop are your child has recurrent nosebleeds, seek medical advice.
Once your child has stopped bleeding, recovery and prevention of infection is helped by:
- Not blowing or picking their nose
- Not engaging in any major exercise.
- Avoiding hot drinks for 24 hours
- Avoiding anyone with coughs or colds
For help on any health matters, check out NHS Choices.
What is your experience of treating nosebleeds in the family?
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I have a lost bank card. It has gone off on some adventure and at first I did not realise it was missing. My purse has a broken hinge and kept popping open. I knew this was an issue but instead of moving everything into another purse that I had upstairs, I was silly.
I went to my purse this morning and my bank card was missing. Bank cards are like gas, electricity and water, taken for granted until they don’t exist any more. Perhaps my bank card was feeling unappreciated and went in search of a more loving owner.
I retraced my steps and visited several shops and a cafe to see if I could find it.
I tried cancelling the card but initially had problems as the bank was experiencing technical difficulties. You and me both mate!
When I finally got through to the bank a lovely woman called Zoe helped ensure the card got cancelled and ordered me a new one.
Facebook friends told me I should have cancelled it immediately but of course I would lose the card on a day when the banks are closed!
Of course, with the right care I would not have lost it in the first place and here are some quick tips so you don’t lose yours.
- Ensure the purse or wallet you are carrying the card in is secure.
- Keep an eye on your card and have it in sight or at least the place you keep it in sight.
- Never write down PIN numbers. It is tempting but it is silly and keep PINS secret from family and friends too.
- Have an emergency cash account and leave the card for that at home until you lose your first card which you won’t because you are not as daft as me.
- Ensure your card is signed as soon as you get it. Don’t make life easier for potential thieves.
- Have lost card numbers readily to hand or check the internet site for the bank which will give you the number
Of course knowing my luck the lost bank card will now be found but it is not worth taking the risk of it being misused. Cancel your cards as soon as you know they are missing.
If you need money advice generally, check out the Money Advice Service.