How I Thought I’d Parent and What Really Happens!

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How I Thought I’d Parent And What Really Happens!

I wasn’t totally naive I knew it wouldn’t be a walk in the park.It was still a major shock to the system though!

I thought i’d be a bit tired after being woken a few times in the night.I wasn’t expecting to be dribbling on my toast by 8.30 after one or other child decided to throw an all nighter.Inevitably they’d then promptly fall asleep just in time for the school run and have the mother of all screamy,snotty tantrums when you try and wake them up to go.

I thought I would have great fun doing crafty things and making all sorts of nonsense from lollipop sticks but in reality I bloody hate crafting.I hate the mess and I don’t have an artistic bone in my body.Instead of what,in my mind,is an awesome idea made with paint,PVA glue and glitter ends up looking like something vomited on a pavement.Mister Maker I am not.

I never thought I’d have to use the jolly red guy as a bargaining tool with my kids or even download an app that rings on demand when they’re being particularly gittish.Poor old Santa must be sick of the “phonecalls” he has to make.They’ve been on and off the naughty list like sodding yoyo’s!

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I thought I’d be patient but nope.I’m actually a bit shouty and swear under my breath when someone calls me for the 3234567th time in an hour to pass them something that’s actually right next to them!

I said I’d never let them sleep in my bed.I lied.All of ’em ended up in with us at some point (not all together mind you) and at 3am when they’re screaming blue murder and you have to be up at 6.30 for work I confess I regularly said “oh for god’s sake just get in here and go to sleep”.

 

 

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My code word is Yule

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Our Family Christmas Traditions

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Today I’m writing about the traditions we have in our family at Christmas.

We tend to start off by having a bit of a tiff over what we’re having for breakfast.In my family we ALWAYS had Quality Street and in the hubby’s family they had a cooked breakfast.Chocolate or fry-up?No contest in my eyes plus I really can’t eat a full english before putting away Turkey and all the trimmings!

One of the only times my 17 year old will spend time with me is to watch the Dr Who Christmas Day special.It’s something we’ve done for several years.We leave the others to snooze off the monster dinner while we sit in the dark – has to be dark and watch.Lately he has to be surgically removed from his phone so will be interesting to see if he can leave the thing alone!!

I take the kids to the panto every year in Cardiff.I think I enjoy it more than them if I’m honest – oh yes I do!My Mum has come with us every year since – well time began I think -but this year she will be away on holiday so she won’t be coming 😦

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Despite everyone else in my house hating Xmas pudding – what is wrong with these people?!I always go on a hunt for a “free from” one as I have a nut allergy.Harder than it sounds!Mind you I found some individual ones at Morrison’s last year and accidentally put 10 in the trolley.Has to have cream on it too,none of that brandy muck mind you.Good old fashioned double cream for me.

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My code word is baubles

 

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How having kids changed my Christmas

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Here’s how having kids changed my Christmas!

I honestly can’t imagine having a Christmas without kids now,despite the fact that they always decide they’ve just got to have the toy that you traipse around the shops/trawl the internet til the small hours for and can you find it in stock?Can you buggery.

As a kid I was always up early,like your Mum uses a naughty word early.There was one year my brother and I got up aged 5&6 to “cook” Christmas dinner and by cook I mean take everything out of the freezer and let in defrost on a plastic cooker.Words were had I can tell you.My kids however,believe it or not have to be dragged out of bed every year.I’m sat there all excited and they’re all snoring away!!

I always loved opening my presents to find out what Santa had brought me but now that’s transferred to my kids.The look on their faces when they open the presents they’ve had is brilliant.That little jama jig they do when they see “he’s been” is just awesome.Right?

As a kid I ripped off that paper with glee not giving a stuff where it went but now my kids do it too,drowning in Mount Paper isn’t quite so much fun and that blooming glitter that seems to be on everything hangs about for months.You know how distracting it is when someone talks to you with a bit of glitter on their face?!

I used to work in a nightclub back in my younger,could handle the late nights days and loved having a laugh with all my colleagues at all the drunken people trying to drag someone unsuspecting under the mistletoe.There was always a couple hanging on at the end snogging each others faces off and had to be “ejected” by the burly bouncers.Now I’m just as happy staying at home and spending Christmas Eve wrapping the last few presents and making sure everything looks fab for when the kids (finally) get up.

Meeting Father Christmas!
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My codeword is Big 

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