Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I Don't Know How You Do It

When people find out I have four children two things happen:

1. They look at me like I have two heads and think I'm crazy (actually, I've been told I'm crazy because of the number of children I have before)

2. They say "I don't know how you do it"

Actually this doesn't just happen after they just find out I have four kids, not a day goes by that I don't get told "I don't know how you do it".

And I'm still not sure what exactly IT is.

Is it waking up everyday, leaving the house with all four of them dressed, making it to school on time?

Honestly, I just keep on keeping on and things, IT gets done.

My house might not always been tidy, but the kids are always in clean clothes.

I might yell more than I like.

There is dinner on the table every night and lunches packed everyday.

That doesn't mean I'm not struggling to get IT done, it just means that when my head hits the pillow every night I'm not going to waste time falling asleep.

It means I say no to things and I'm not on any P&Cs or on any of the kids sport club committees, because I know what my limits are.

I just keep on keeping on like everyone else and do all the things that we need to do to keep our kids happy, fed and loved.

Having four kids doesn't make me super mum, or better at this parenting gig than anyone else. And when people tell me that they don't know how I do it I always feel uncomfortable. Having four children isn't anymore special than having one, two or three (or even five or six) children. We are all doing our best and the number of children that call us Mum isn't what matters.

Monday, March 16, 2015

On my bedside table

This pile of books has been staring at me for weeks and saying read me, read me but I am still slogging my way through book 5 of the Outlander series, I don't know why, but this book is taking me for ever to read. 

The above pile includes:

The Rosie Effect- was bought by my Granny, she read it when she was here in November and then left it for me to read. Yep, I still haven't read it.

The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook- I'm looking for some ideas for Darcy's meals as some night he can't eat what we are eating.

Baby-Led Weaning- I never did baby-led weaning with my other kids so it's all new to me and I really need to read this book fast. 

How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm- One of the mums in my online mothers group is reading it and it sounds really interesting so I can't wait to get started on it. 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland- Rachel suggested this in last months ASWC book club. I'm looking forward to reading it with the kids. 

What are you reading at the moment?

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Books for 8 year old boys

I put a call out on the Actually Amy facebook page recently to try and find some books for C to read. He doesn't particularly like reading, but it's something that I would like to encourage him to do more of.

Anyway, I received many great recommendations snd it reminded me of some authors names that I just couldn't for the life of me remember.

Are there anymore books you would add to the list?

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