Not that I am a really old lady or anything but it is over 17 years now, with nine of those here with my own kids, and the one thing I have always held to is actions and consequences. In fact if you offer Babyman & Princess C-W the prompt 'actions', they will undoubtedly respond with 'consequences'. Via don't try this at home I found a mother who really practices what she preaches!
Sometimes I feel a little mean when I look at other parents relating to their childer - lots of laughing, funny games and general silliness but then I think that I would rather chew on my own elbows that put up with the rudeness, incivility and general pissiness I see the grown-ups get from these same kids.
Don't get me wrong - we have fun. We laugh, play and be silly. Quite often. (It is scheduled into our daily timetable under Spontaneity: fun variety).It is just that I have expectations. And they are set fairly high. I reckon that children will try and reach for the level you expect. Nothing clever or huge just the childcare antithesis of 'dumbing down'. I suppose another way of phrasing it is 'encouraging independence'.
As I say on a regular basis (whether to salve my own conscience or someone else's) "I like to get a tick in the 'bad mummy box' before breakfast." I like and encourage manners. Whether they are my own children or someone else's I like manners because from there comes a sense of self and your effect on others. It is also a fabulous structure for enabling a child socially. I would be mortified to think my children went out into the world and acted as wildly as I have seen some (and I include my 'borrowed' children, although to a lesser degree[in both manners and wildness!]).
Have you noticed this post is all about memememememe and I? That is a bit over the top and really needs to be addressed. So enough about me. Let me show you about some of the shopping I bought today!
Is it not truly beautiful? And a large thank you to our delightful hand model! The colour as shown in this pic is a bit dark. Really it is kind of a dark school trouser grey. And the sequins are almost dull brass. It is truly a beautiful thing and I love it. Not quite but nearly my favourite bit is that it cost me a whole £8!!! There is a little shop in town which has decided not to be there after Saturday. It is filled with beautiful things (well actually it is not filled any more - most of it is in my car!).
I would post pictures of the other things I bought to give money to the shop which is off on holiday on Saturday but I can't because a) they are for my secret cocoa swap and b) I didn't take the pictures!
As I type this 'Gallipoli' is on and they are just at the final scene. I don't know if any of you have seen it but for a whole generation of Autralians it is our equivalent of the final scene in Blackadder Four. All should watch it.