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wife swap

I have been watching the new series – wife swap australia, every family seemed to have an interesting quirk: be it super lazy, super clean or super fit, and its made me wonder what our quirk is?

would you do it?

I joked to my man about applying, he of course said no way, because he would get a wife that made him do everything!! (he can’t/won’t/doesn’t know how to cook!)

But still I want to know what our special thing is? People tell me I do way to much for my family, although I disagree, I know mums who do way more and besides, I’m at home all day, what else will I do?

I do all the cooking, every night, I do the Ironing which there isn’t much of, as I detest it. I do the washing (man will help and hang a load out if I remind him), I do the trash, most of the dishes, and cleaning of the house. But – My wonderful man does help, he does the dishes after dinner if he is here, and like I said he will hang washing, also it has been known to happen that I will leave the house because I can’t deal with the mess and Mister 2 running around, and I will come back to a sparkling house because man got bored and cleaned, (he does draw the line at vacuuming though!)

So I don’t think there is anything to quirky about the household maintenance.

Our personalities match pretty well, I’m the stressed one and he can be so laid back he is horizontal, so we balance each other out really well. Very rarely will we argue, normally things are planned out and talked about before it gets to that stage. Neither of us are lazy, nor are we extremely driven, we just do what needs to be done and have fun and try to educate our children along the way.

I can’t really imagine anything quirky about that either then.

I think our kids are normal? Missy 10 moans and sulks about helping out around the hows and mister 2 throws tantrums when he doesn’t get his way, although they both have relative consequences to these behaviours and neither rule the house.

So all in all I think we are lacking in the quirkiness department. I’m thinking that this is a good thing, but sadly I don’t think we would have gotten on wife swap, even if I did apply!!

How about your family, whats your quirk?

Or are you boringly normal like us?

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How is it that I will stew over an idea for a blog for hours, then when I come up with a mash of sentences that I will sit down and try to order into and intelligeble blog my two yr old suddenly has a need to play with me. I have now forgotten what ever I had planned to write about, let alone being able to form anything because I cannot spell if you paid me to do it.

So now I shall go away and stew for another hour and come up with a topic that might be mildly interesting for you to read! cue the soccer ball being thrown at the computer.

On The Subject of Reading and Child Neglect…

I must admit, I neglect my children. SOMETIMES.

Only when I have a new book… and that’s most weeks. Books are like movies to me. You can’t just stop a movie partway through, to start again the next night and pick up where you left off. You need to see what happens, Movies are best enjoyed if you watch the whole thing in 1 sitting.

This is how I feel about books! Lucky I’m a fast reader, so the kids only have to fend for themselves for 1 day usually!

The child Neglect I’m talking about here is not serious mind you. I still feed them, clean them and most of all sleep them. But I do all this begrudgingly except the sleep part (so I can read uninterrupted.) If I hear “mum I’m hungry” the response is not ‘ok darling what can I get you?’ its more to the tune of “Again? I’m sure I just fed you, go fix yourself a sandwich and while you are at it, make one for your brother!

So I have learnt to only get quick reads, and read on my iPod, that way my book is totally portable, so for one day a fortnight (I also limit when I start a book) everything I do is with my iPod at he end of 1 arm… dinners are lazily cooked and usually half prepared because I have gotten to a good part and forgotten to stir the sauce or something, the housework doesn’t even register, mister 2 will trash the lounge room and I wont even notice and forget about washing… it all can wait!!

The worst case scenario for my family is that I find a trilogy… The Hunger Games was a rough 4 days for my family… here’s me thinking, ‘oh a young adult series, they’ll be quick reads’ and they were perfect… it’s just that I couldn’t stop between books!!

I refuse to stop reading. even if it is detrimental to my family. I love the escape into other worlds and other lives. Books are my bff’s.

Facebook Musings

This morning I read about being friends with your parent/s on Facebook. http://lemonysnippet.com/2012/01/05/parents-on-facebook-friend-or-dont-friend/

That was a mixed bag for me, I have my Step-Mum as my friend on facey, she rarely comes on (that’s visible… I think dad may stalk more than he lets on!!) I have my Mum-In-Law, which we converse regularly through, and I make my daughter be friends with me… although I’m unsure about having my mum there!!

First of all I would have to set up the account for her then teach her how to use it, and then there is the whole issue of: somethings don’t need to be told to mum!! Although if you follow lemonysnippet’s chart I should friend mum, as there is not much I don’t already tell her. Maybe that’s why I like her not being on Facebook… so I have something to tell her!

It also bugs me when people put hourly status updates of what they are doing:

11am: baking muffins

12pm: muffins were yum

1pm: might have a nap

2pm: forget the nap, too hot, going for a swim

I mean really? are they that disconnected from real people? or are they needing outside approval of their lives?

ah well, I might just go and hang out my washing now, before I get to ranty! (I’ll post agin and let you know how it goes!)