Between the hours of around six to eight in this house there is a complete meltdown and the children all turn into tantruming, moany demons.
It starts with mealtime. The older ones switch to “Kevin and Perry ” mode and look at their meal like I have served up pond water whilst the younger ones cover every available surface with theirs.
Once I have bribed them to eat what I can then comes the painstaking process of trying to clean the bomb site of the kitchen whist trying to brake up several argument that are being caused by over tired, ratty children.
Next on the agenda is bathtime. The youngest ones will generally flood the entire bathroom every evening and then whale like mad when it’s time to get dressed. Followed by a night long battle to get my water phobic teenagers anywhere near a bar of soap!
Bedtime begins with the older ones trying every trick in the book to get to stay up that little bit longer. They all of a sudden become wonderfully helpful children that offer to do any chores they can think of to get a few minutes more downstairs. Number three’s favourite is to bribe me with a foot rub, which to be honest normally works. It’s a constant stream of running up and down the stairs with the youngest two with the usual screaming, crying, toilet and water requests.
After my blood pressure had shot through the roof and I’ve sprouted a few more grey hairs, I look at their little faces all calm and peaceful and all is forgiven until tomorrow night!
Children are a challange at every age. Sleepless nights with newborns, tantrums with toddlers, strops and arguments with teenagers; but none of us would have it any other way.
Children growing is a learning curve for both the children and parents. They are experiencing things for the first time as we are as parents.
With my eldest turning 18 next month I can say that we have taken on every challange along the way and both got lots of them wrong!
I’m sure there are many more challenges to come but for the most part we have got through all the big milestones together and they given us the parent/daughter relationship we have today and I wouldn’t have it any other way X
Since starting my blog I have found a new found love of photography. I have even been looking into course to really get to know what I’m doing.
I had even considered a bit of a career change into photography.
That was until I tried to take some special pictures of the kids for Fathers Day!
Number one and two outright refused number fours came out ok, and as you can see number three and five were a disaster!!
Trying to get number five to sit like an angel whilst holding a card was never really going to happen and the bright idea of number two lying on the floor to depict her flying away with a balloon looked more like I should have been drawing a chalk line around her!!
I had better get on that course and hope for some better ones next year!