The past week has been a pretty hectic but hopeful one. We prepared to move house and Daddy started his new job, it has been just Jack and I for most of the week. Daddy is working long days of around 13 hours and Jack is no longer funded at nursery, so I have spent the week trying to amuse a two year old and keep him out of trouble, no easy feat.
Daddy starts work at 6am so has to leave the house at 5:30am, Jack takes this as his cue to get up and drags me out of bed. Monday was spent with a tearful toddler who was missing his Daddy and didn’t understand why he wasn’t at home. We made a den using his pop up tent and had a special indoor picnic that afternoon and enjoyed each others company snuggled in J’s den.
Tuesday we viewed a house to rent which was unfortunately too small for us, but it being such a lovely day we took a trip to the park down the road.
Before we knew it the sky was darkening so we set off home and shared a hot chocolate to warm us up. Struggling to keep his eyes open Jack helped me to make dinner while we waited for Daddy, I did dish Jacks up early but he refused to eat until Daddy was home.
As soon as Daddy walked in he was ambushed by a very enthusiastic Jack who then became a little off with his Dad, possibly because he didn’t understand where he had been all day.
With the cold nights drawing in J’s gro bag has made an appearance to keep him warm and cosy during the night.
Wednesday and Thursday were much of the same but with the appearance of bad behavior from J, he has started hitting when he is angry and by the end of the week hitting for no reason, especially me. I am hoping this will settle down as he eases into the new routine but the naughty step and stern ‘No’s’ are no longer working, much to my poor bruises dismay.
On Thursday night we walked to the little green behind our house to watch the neighborhoods fireworks. Bundled up in coats, jumpers, hats and gloves we had a pretty good view of Grantham from the top of our hill and enjoyed the show before shivering back home to the warmth.
Daddy works four days on and two off so Friday and Saturday were his days off, but by no means relaxing as we had a lot of running around to do and the continuing bad behavior from our boy.
It is Saturday night as I am writing this and here’s hoping for a more settled four days ahead.
Do you have any tips for me coping with bad behavior and hitting in response to a change in routine?
We love Halloween as much as the next family but with childhood obesity on the raise and talk of tooth brushing lessons entering the school curriculum, I wanted to make sure Jacks Halloween was not just a sugar-fest.
As he is only two years old Jack is too young to go trick or treating, but that doesn’t mean he has to miss out on the fun.
We have spent the last few days creating our own toddler friendly Halloween.
We made paper pumpkin lanterns using chalk to colour in circles of sugar paper which we then stuck googly eyes and a sugar paper nose and mouth onto, the glue sticks better if you brush off as much of the chalk residue as possible.
Other craft ideas you could try are hand prints which you could decorate as ghosts or monsters, make your own witches hat and spooky paper chains.
We love an afternoon or evening spent snuggled up on the sofa watching spooky movies but Jack and I did some moving and grooving first to a Halloween hits album. Jack loves dancing and we made an afternoon of it pretending to be a werewolf to “clap for the wolfman” or doing the timewarp.
For a devious dinner we are having a go at these fabulous mummy sausages by organix food, which will go brilliantly with a serving of frogs brains (peas) and a dash of blood (ketchup).
How about trying this tasty teeth? They are easy and quick to make, just spread peanut butter on one side of some slices of apple, pop a few mini marshmallows in between the slices and voila!
Or these ghostly bananas? Freeze your bananas over night then chop in half, spread a little yogurt over the banana and roll in desiccated coconut. Dont forget a raisin for the mouth and chocolate chips for the eyes, a lolly stick works brilliantly for keeping little fingers free from mess.
How do you celebrate Halloween with little ones? Do you let them get the sugar cravings out their system and deal with the grumps or do you try to keep a healthy balance?
Maybe you have more healthy treat ideas, share with me in the comments below.
With Halloween nearly upon us and many spooky parties planned for this weekend, now is the perfect time to pick up some last minute bargains. If your looking for an eleventh hour costume or accessory then look no further!
UKMums.tv and Golden bear toys have teamed up with nurseries across the country to bring four weeks of new activities to our little ones and a boost of much needed resources for our nursery’s.
Week 1 was JCB themed and Jack enjoyed playing with kid tough My First diggers and dumper trucks at nursery then bringing home a colouring sheet and activity book.
Week 2 was Woolly and Tig themed but unfortunately Jack had chicken pox so missed the fun at nursery. UKMums.tv were kind enough to send Jack and I a goodie bag stashed full of activity sheets so we could join in at home.
A very itchy Jack spent a couple of hours happily colouring away and attempting to solve the puzzles and games in the JCB activity book. The children at J’s nursery and those across the country have had great fun with activities such as bring your favourite toy to nursery and wheres Woolly?.
This week (or next week for those on half term) is the turn of Cbeebies Bugbie, with an arty colouring competition and lots of fun toys to play with.
Below are some links to activity sheets for you to print off at home.
Are any nurseries near you joining in the fun?
Award winning toy manufacturers Toyella have set myself and fellow bloggers a fantastic challenge, to write about our children embracing their creativity through play.
Music has been a massive part of my life since I was born, I used to boogie round the living room as a toddler to Queen. At primary school age my mother paid for me to have piano lessons and by the time I was in college the full rocker had appeared, complete with drum and guitar lessons and my own band.
Jack is a chip off the old block, we have never pushed music or a specific genera on him but he has picked up on my love of rock, blues and classic rock and roll.
Here he is at 6 months old, classic animal from the Muppets.
ACDC is one of our favourite bands and we spend the journey to nursery singing away and deafening Daddy.
My mum is exactly the same as Jack and I with the added bonus of the space and wage to own lots of instruments, which we take full advantage of whenever we visit.
My chosen video and picture were taken last weekend. We let our hair down on Saturday night and rocked out to some ACDC, using the guitars from the wii and my real guitar for maximum effect.
They show Jack learning about self expression and that its ok to be unique. He is embracing the rhythm of the music and letting it flow out through his desire to dance away the night. Through music Jack is perfecting his motor skills and we use it as a form of bonding by sharing favourite bands and songs.
Disclaimer: This is my entry to the #ToyellaChristmas blogger comp, hosted by My Mills baby (http://mymillsbaby.co.uk/2014/09/calling-bloggers-win-christmas-toyella-cd-25102014/)
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