Exciting news! WaterbirthPlease is very happy to announce that it will be working closely with two companies. Firstly, with Parragon Books as an official “Book Buddie.” I am thrilled about this. Reading together is such an important activity, both for your little ones development, and for your relationship with them. Story time has been a bit unpredictable in the past (remember this post?!) but it’s settled down now and become my absolute favourite part of the day.
I worked for a book company for many years and was lucky enough to run the children’s section for a while. Something I loved doing even before I had kids. Parragon will be offering us the chance to review two new titles each month and recommend them (or not as the case may be) to you guys. It’s easy to get stuck in a book rut isn’t it? So I’m really looking forward to working with them and discovering some new titles.
Second . . . drum roll please . . . “Official Butlin’s Ambassador!”
“What’s an official Butlin’s ambassador?” I hear you all cry!
Well, Butlins as a company are keen to ditch the old-school Hi-Di-Hi, knobbly-knees contest, kind of image that so many people still associate with them, and have selected bloggers to try out exactly what a Butlins holiday is all about in 2014! I must admit, I’ve been pleasantly surprised and excited just checking out the brochure, so this is a fab opportunity and I can’t wait to tell you all about it when we go. (Although – if they did still have a knobbly knees contest, my husband reckons he could “smash it!” . . . sigh.)
Sometimes, a little hero can pop up from the most unexpected places. Sometimes people and especially kids – have this uncanny knack of springing something on you so casually, but it completely blows you away. Let me explain:
You may be the kind of parent that can’t bear mess.
I did not fully understand the true meaning of the word guilt until I had my daughter. It comes hand in hand with parenthood. It is as much a part of me now as my heart beating, my eyes blinking, or the love I feel when I look at Grace. It is sometimes hugely prevalent in the forefront of my mind and it is sometimes just lingering a little, very deep down, but it is always there.
I know at heart that I am not a bad parent. But none-the-less, guilt nips away at my heels like an incessant little gremlim, forever nagging at me that I “could be doing it better.” I look at my parent friends, or other bloggers, and there it is again . . . nip nip nip . . . “they’re doing it better than you.”
I asked other Mothers what they felt guilty about. I asked them to show me in the form of a photograph. I expected a mixture of responses, from the humorous/tongue-in-cheek, to the more heartfelt. The results shocked me: Partly because some of these women I know and deemed to be super-confident parents, surely with nothing to feel guilty about? Partly because some of these women I do not know, yet they welcomed the chance to bravely share things so deeply personal. And partly because I was surprised how many chose to be anonymous and not include their face in the shot.
There was a distinct lack of the humorous/tongue in cheek. I can’t help but wonder what this might imply. . . Maybe that we should never assume other Mums are doing a better job. We are all – for the most part – just doing our best, and that should be something to feel proud of, not guilty about. Maybe we have not “committed a wrong.” Maybe we have not “Failed in an obligation.”
So why do so many of us feel like we have?
Perhaps this last photo sums it up . . .
Is it time we started forgiving ourselves a little more? And if anyone knows exactly how you do that, please let me know.
As promised – because I just know you’ve all been on tenterhooks – here are the results of Gibbys efforts with her disposable camera on our holiday in Mevagissey, Cornwall. (One of my favourite places. ) It’s funny seeing things from a half-pint point of view . . .
“Study of Daddy with the Very Funny Croc Person”
“Beach Where I like to Catch Crabbies in the Rock Pools”
“What I See In The Car”
“The Pirate Shop Where I Like To Run In And Shout Aaaaaaaargggghh!”
“Beach. Because Mummy and Daddy Seem to Take a lot of Pictures of it so I Though I Better Had. ”
“Man In a Boat That Didn’t Hear Me Shouting ‘Say Cheese'”
See you soon I hope Mevagissey. Keep clicking Gibby! X
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Gibby loves taking photos. We got her a brand spanking, kid-friendly digital camera for her birthday, but as the makers felt the need to include a load of naff games on it, that’s all she wants to use it for.
However! On a family visit to the small but pretty town of Caistor in Lincolnshire, a little gift from Grandad has re-kindled the photography passion. A gift in the form of a cheap, disposable camera. She held it in her hands. she looked at it intently. She turned it this way and that.
“What’s this Grandad?”
“A camera Grace. Just for you.” She is shown how to wind it on and hold down a button to activate the flash. She immediately takes a picture and looks at the back of the camera.
“But where’s the picture?” Continue reading