Happy Summer everyone! The sun is out (for now at least), I have a tan (for now at least) and it’s time to relax and enjoy the long days, warm nights and all the fun and games summer time brings. For this months Oh My Blog series, we’re finding out what bloggers from all across the country have to say about holidays. Be them in the UK or abroad, it’s the season to kick back and relax. So what does Jo from the wonderful Pickle & Poppet get up to before the kids head back to school?
I caught up with her to ask fifteen burning questions about her summer holidays.
Soooo I’ve been banging on about it for ages, but I’m finally on holiday! Wohooo! So, I’ve called upon some of my wonderful fellow bloggers to babysit The Mighty Duxburys for me whilst we’re away (the blog, not our actual family, that would be weird). Today, I’m hosting a post I absolutely love from the wonderful Hayley over at Devon Mama.
When it comes to be a parent, one of the first things you learn is that everyone has an opinion. Worst of all, that opinion is almost always right. Yep, rightly or wrongly, parenting brings with it a whole raft of comments, thoughts and opinions on how things should and shouldn’t be done. None more so than from those nearest and dearest to you.
Now, some of the time those little tips and insights are going to be singlehandedly some of the most useful things you learn. Some of the time. Because the shame of it is that the majority of pieces of advice you’re offered aren’t. They’re not wrong (well, sometimes they outright are), they’re just different to yours and it can be hard feeling like you’re making the wrong choice for your child or parenting incorrectly.
How do I know that? There’s no such thing as parenting incorrectly. On the whole anyway. Yes there are always going to be extreme examples of people who frankly shouldn’t have been allowed to have children but that’s a whole different matter. What I mean is, you could take a thousand different parents and each one would raise their child with a slightly different blueprint, different rules, different methods and yet each and every one of them is right. Because the idea is that parenting has to be right for you and your family. Not anyone elses.
There’s no opinion more divisive in a family than that of a parent and unfortunately it’s usually the mother in law who bears the brunt of this. Having raised her own child (clearly well enough for you to decide to have a child with them!), she’s primed to pass over information about how to do it properly. Especially if your mother in law is akin to mine and has raised a number of children already, she has an opinion that she’s not afraid to share and frankly, does it one too many times. She’s close enough for it to feel like a personal comment and yet not close enough for it to feel as well intentioned as it was probably meant and I’ll admit that it’s the source of many an argument between my husband and I.
The truth is that regardless of how she, or anyone else for that matter, feels about my parenting techniques they’re exactly that. Mine. Well, mine and my husbands. And we intend to keep them that way. After all, my child, my choice.
Devon Mama is run by Hayley – a 30 year old mama, wife and recovering sleep addict. Living with her husband, son and the world’s bounciest dog in rural Devon, she can usually be found attempting to cook, Googling everything and embracing the strange new world that is parenting. Add in a house with ‘a lot of potential’ and a return to her ‘real’ job as a Company Director and it’s organized chaos at the best of times.
You can follow her adventures here:
Winning the lottery. If you had a genie granting you three wishes, this one would be up there for a good portion of the population and you can see the appeal. Pretty much every time you see a news article about the latest winners and their plans for spending the money. Whether they intend to blow the lot, or go back to work the next day (yeah, right) there’s no denying that most of us would love to be in their shoes.
I’ve recently started playing the lottery properly. It was once a rite of passage for any sixteen year old to go and buy a ticket on their birthday (I was ID’d by the way) but now, you can play the lottery online rather than trotting into a shop to tick your numbers off. Over the years, lotteries have evolved all over the world and the great thing is that now you’re not just stuck with the UK Lotto and have access to lotteries all over the world thanks to the advent of playing online.
Technology is responsible for making all kinds of tasks in life easier and smoother. One area where this is especially true is the way we approach learning. E-learning has really blown up over the past few years, offering people new and streamlined ways to earn a diploma, degree, special credits, and more.
Thanks to the tools offered through e-learning, it’s truly changed the way people approach everyday tasks.
Snacking is beginning to get a bit of a bad name these days. Over the past couple of decades, kid’s diets have seen snacks take on more and more of a significant role. Sadly, the increasing role of snacking has been met with a delayed increase in attention from many parents. Dinner is still the main event and it is where our focus lies.
The dinner table is where we try to educate our kids about food and trying to get nutritious fodder into our unappreciative dinners that would rather be eating beige food in front of the telly! There is a lot of pressure at the dinner table these days. Snacking is often something that our kids pester us about (sometimes whilst they are actually eating their dinner!) and is met with quick, easy (unhealthy), on demand fixes.