I’ve been trying to write this post for the past week, but of course keep getting interrupted – so let’s hope it’s not started raining now it’s published!
Recently I’ve been on the whinge again, mainly due to being ill yet again with the flu.
I’ve been trying to combat my exceedingly poor immunity situation – I’ve taken part in the Aviva Stress Less Challenge which helped a lot. I received tips on diet, exercise and de-stressing my life.
But nothing compares to the sunshine. Not only does it make me feel instantly uplifted mood-wise, it also makes parenting better.
By this I mean that there’s more to do, everyone feels better and we also seem to be healthier. It makes it easier to deal with everyday parenting challenges.
I can also get my washing dry on the line. A great mood-enhancer.
Some lovely cygnets following their Mummy at Dunham Massey
Scenario 1 – the post-breakfast “I don’t want to get dressed yet” challenge : An easy one on sunnier days. I simply tell my beloved daughters “Ah, but if you get dressed now, we can get to the park and have the first turn on the swings”.
Scenario 2 – fighting over a toy/piece of food/drinking cup/just anything: The sunshine is the perfect antidote to sibling rivalry. Check this out – “why don’t you fetch the watering cans, while me and your sister get the hosepipe ready to fill it? Then we can all water the plants.” Mega distraction tactic that works every time.
Scenario 3 – the ‘tired and cranky, but fighting it stage’: When the ‘slightly demonic’ stage begins to emerge, I’ve been bringing colouring books, crayons and a plate of snacks into the garden. The shock of being able to colour and eat in the garden seems to calm everyone down.
Scenario 4 – a friend is bringing their children round at short notice: Stick a ball and possibly a net/makeshift goal posts in the garden, with a few treats and drinks. Shove them all outside. Make your friend a coffee – maybe even a glass of wine depending how the day’s gone so far. Everyone’s happy.
Scenario 5 – you’ve got nothing planned that day and are in danger of being overwhelmed by the terror of it: An easy one. There are myriad parks to get to on a sunny day, usually with ice cream vans parked outside. We’ve managed 4 park trips this week and my two have loved it.
Of course, we have some some lovely things on rainy days. Yet on balance, I prefer the sunshine – and I’m pretty sure that my girls do, too.