Holidays are great but when children are small there’s a real risk of overdoing it with extravagant destinations that they simply don’t appreciate. We’ve now tried both holidays abroad and the increasingly popular staycation with Tilly and we’re starting to get a picture of what’s right for small children.
I recently became aware that we had an addiction problem in our house. My daughter had begun to demand the iPad twice a day to get her fix of YouTube videos for children while I’d lazily become reliant on the time it gave me to get jobs done. When the iPad recently failed I decided enough was enough – we were both going cold turkey.
It’s time to decide. The deadline for making the primary school application for our daughter is here and choosing our preferences has not been an easy task.
You awake to Sonny and Cher on the radio, or rather, as it’s Christmas, Slade or Band Aid. You have all manner of things set up for your small child to have a magical Christmas, but it all goes wrong. The child is horrible for whatever reason and you fear that the holiday is ruined forever. Fear not, though, as next year you just do it all over again. Welcome to Groundhog Christmas Day.
Now is a brilliant time to get small children interested in natural history. New TV series Planet Earth II and Andy’s Baby Animals combined with museum visits get my 3-year-old daughter Tilly hooked.
Transforming a child’s behaviour can come from the least expected of places. When organised play isn’t working, try talking them away into nature. That’s just what we did with Tilly and it worked wonders.
It can be frustrating when your child is the one in the class that’s different to all the others. That’s often been my experience with Tilly. The others sings and dances, while she wants out. It’s something I’m learning to understand and nurture and who knows, perhaps she’s actually has got more sense than everyone else anyway.
When my daughter exploded into tantrums as we attempted to have her passport photo taken at a local shop, I knew our family holiday could be in trouble. It was time to relieve the pressure on our child, step up and take the photo myself in the comforting environment of home. Here’s my DIY guide to how we got our passport photo made and accepted.
The countdown has begun. The schools are back, meaning it’s now just a year until Tilly starts in reception and my time with her is dramatically reduced. This is our last opportunity for term-time fun and I have every intention of making the most of the next 12 months. There are preparations to make for school too, though, such as securing a much coveted place and getting reading and writing skills up to standard. Oh and then I need to work out what on earth I’m going to do once Tilly is at school. One way or another, it’s going to be a busy year.
As the new school year gets underway I look back at two years as a Stay at Home Dad; the highs, lows, tears and laughter.