Dinner is served

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So another wet summer weekend. More inventive games needed.

Try this one – either as a standalone task, or  close to meal time if you’ve run out of meal ideas. For me, dinner was taking a little longer to cook than I had hoped, and the boys were getting restless. So as a distraction, we decided to draw what our favourite meal would be on a cheap paper plate.

Dinner is served

See if you can spot no.1 son’s favourites:-

  • blueberries
  • spaghetti hoops (see previous post!)
  • cheerios
  • green grapes
  • black grapes
  • an apple
  • a rainbow bar (muesli bar in a rainbow wrapper)
  • piece of toast
  • and a banana!

That’s got to be his ‘5 a day’ in one meal!

The Great British Summer

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Did I blink and miss it?

It brought it home to me yesterday, just how awful the weather was, when this is how my boys chose to dress before putting on fleeces for a trip to town in late August…

The Great British Summer

You can’t miss a spaghetti kiss!

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Picture the scene; a miserable wet weekend, boys are tetchy, tea time arrives and they want ‘real spaghetti’ (tinned rings in tomato sauce), not straight spaghetti (with home made bolognese).

The tension rises, the whining reaches glass shattering pitch and then, I table the idea of a spaghetti kiss. I can’t believe I never thought of it before. We’ve done the ‘who can find the biggest spaghetti worm and slurp it up’ thing before, so this was just an extension of that idea. A child on one end, and adult on the other, then both slurp as fast as you can till you get to kiss in the middle (the louder the lips smacking, the funnier the result).

2 clean plates, 2 satisfied children – a result!

Toilet humour – number 2!

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I know this is the one you’ve all been waiting for.  It’s often the one my boys have been waiting for… if you see what I mean! There’s no holds barred, so if you are even slightly prudish, then don’t read on. You will be offended!

My approach to this has always been an open door policy. By that I mean the boys will ask if I’m doing a poo and if they can see it. Now I know this sounds vile, but it helps them to understand that it’s perfectly natural and we all do it, particularly if they have a phobia about it. So then we have a couple of tricks to get the troublesome item out –

1. As recommended by Grandme, a good old rub of the knees to try and encourage it out.

2. As recommended by me, we listen to see if we can hear their bottom ‘creaking’ – the sound the poo makes as it’s making it’s entrance (I told you this is not for the faint hearted!)

3. Show them how much quicker it is to do the business on the toilet/potty rather than soiling themselves, therefore they have more time to play – a stopwatch works well with older children to indicate the difference.

4. If they manage to do something, have a look and try and describe it. I know this sounds weird, but it is quite amusing and helps to de-stigmatise it. Rabbit droppings, like raisins, logs, a snake – and magic (when it disappears round the u-bend as it’s so big!) are all things my boys have come up with.

But most of all, try not to let it get to you. Now I know this is much easier said than done. 5 pairs of soiled pants in one day is the record in our household – my colleagues even used to have a guess every day in an attempt to bring some humour to my seemingly never ending situation. It did come in the end, but I was at hair pulling out stage by then (that’s usually when it does all click for them). Oh, and don’t forget, you’ve always got bribery – find out what they would really like (not too expensive!) and work towards it – a sticker every poo or day without an accident, some small treat after a week, and work up to the big one. Anyone in business knows bribery and corruption rule!

Toilet humour – number 1

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There’s nothing us Brits like more than a spot of toilet humour. But there’s nothing us parents like less than being driven up the wall by the the frustrations of toilet training. It’s enough to make even the world’s funniest person lose their sense of humour. Anyone who has faced or is facing this situation will know exactly what I mean.

 So a couple of tricks to try and inject some humour back into toilet time – bearing in mind that I only have boys, some of these may be slightly less successful for girls!

Firstly, when it comes to wee time, trick number 1 is to put a cheerio or two in the bowl and see if they can hit them. They will flush away after a few goes, just make sure they don’t try to fish it out and eat it! Another one on a similar vein is to put some food colouring in the bowl and watch it change colour as they wee on it.  A different tactic is to get them to try and guess what colour their wee will be eg if they have been eating beans, we look to see if it’s orange…blackcurrant squash would be purple etc. etc. Naturally it should never be those colours! (but it is a good way to check how well hydrated they are, particularly in hot weather – the paler, the better).

Then you’ve also got wee a hole through the toilet paper, or if your son has an older brother, sword fights are very popular – try and hit the other persons wee – though we do have a very strict ‘in the toilet only’ policy and any misfires result in instant disqualification!

If you’re strong enough to stomach that, keep checking for the inevitable number two, which will be coming soon (ewwww…)