How often do you follow through? As parents it's far easier to threaten consequences to our little people but actually following through with them can be the most annoying thing ever.
Please don't teach my child. Those who do not have children or those who haven't had children for a very long time seem to forget how impressionable and clever they are. Someone in our family was so happy that he had showed my 2 year old daughter how to drag across the little chair in her room, stand on it and climb on the bed. Thrilled he was. He came out of the room beaming. The first thing I thought was SHIT. I had already drilled into Billie (my daughter) that chairs are for SITTING ON. I'm like a record player at meal times, "Chairs are for sitting on". "Chairs are for sitting on". And then in half a minute he had not only taught her that it was fine to stand on chairs, but also how easy it is to move the chair around. As a parent we are constantly considering future consequences of our own teachings as well as what we are role modelling to our children. I always put my seatbelt on in the car because I want my children to know that seatbelt wearing is non-negotiable. I always brush my teeth in front of them, non-negotiable. I never stand on chairs (in front of them) as it's non-negotiable.
I now have caught my daughter and her little chair all over the house. Standing next to the just boiled kettle, reaching over the bench near sharp knifes and crayon in hand, hovering over important documents. Not to mention all the times she has over balanced and ended up in tears on the floor.
So I beg all of you out there. Think before you teach! If unsure, ask the parent or do not teach at all. It only takes a few seconds for them to learn and months of torture for me. Thank you for listening to my vent, I'm off to stop my daughter and her little chair, attempting to turn on the stove. 😁
Adding to the christmas festivities is movies. Foxtel currently has a pop-up chanel, 12 days of christmas movies, that I have been watching a lot. Here is a countdown of my favourites...
I hope this gives you some inspiration of things to do with your kids in Melbourne over this festive season. ☺︎
Getting that magic photo with Santa is not an easy task for many families, especially those with children on the autism spectrum. Northland shopping centre is now in its 3rd year providing a sensitive Santa experience for families. This whole project makes my heart melt, jump and flutter all at once. Sensitive Santa is open BEFORE trading hours so no need to worry about the hustle and bustle of being in a shopping centre with a million other people. You need to book in a time for your families photos which also means, no waiting in lines. Santa is of course very patient and kind and aids children in feeling comfortable in front of the camera. There is no extra cost for this experience, you only pay for the actual photographs. It's on right now until December 4 at Northland shopping centre so get in quickly to make your booking.
Northland Shopping Centre
Santa's Woodland Wonderland (in the dome underneath Hoyts)
2-50 Murray Road
Preston, VIC 3072
Click here to book your family in.
Hidden in Gill's nursery Cheltenham, is a very cute little place called Il Giardino café. The magical element of this café is the cute cubby house displays that have been set up allowing children to run and play while parents sit and eat. The cubby houses are perfect for little ones encouraging safe climbing, imaginary play and incidental learning. The space is easily visible from all outdoor seating and has a cute menu for adults and children. (Children need to be supervised at all times). The menu includes an all day breakfast which gets a big tick from me. After having some lunch and a play, you can walk through the beautifully designed nursery for some home landscaping inspiration. This is one of our favourite places to go at the moment. My daughter loves to smell the flowers and we talk about all the different coloured petals there are. If your a local, it's definitely worth having a look.
The cafe is open 7 days a week from 8.30am-4pm.
266 Bay Rd, Cheltenham
Enter via Brixton Rd.
Although we are super excited that spring has sprung, we are also hit with a wall of itchy, water eyes, sneezing and runny noses. I should have shares in Zyrtec this time of year, but it's always just something I've delt with. It wasn't until I had my first daughter that I have started to take more notice of allergy triggers as she has super sensitive skin and has been known to break out in hives after a morning playing at the park. The top five allergy triggers are:
Who doesn't love a good pregnancy announcement? And to go with that, a good gender discovery? With today's social media, telling the world your exciting news is as easy as a click of a button. But what about family? My parents would not have appreciated finding out we were expecting from a Facebook comment or twitter post. I did some research and found these...