Have you ever lost your rag with your kids? Been bad tempered? I know that I’m far from the perfect mum. That’s not to say that I don’t try, I know that I’m doing my best and sometimes I am pretty great too, but with several years of sleep deprivation behind me there have been days when I couldn’t manage great behaviour with anyone. Then last Christmas I spoke to my son and started to say something so stupid, so amazingly bad that I made me question how I talk to my kids entirely. The good news is though that by just changing one word I instantly improved how I see my kids and how I cope them and nearly a year later this one little word change is still working.
If you’re anything like me you’ll be looking forward to the summer holidays with a sense of excitement and mild fear. Hurray you get to spend more time with your kids but, uh-oh! How on earth are you going to cope all summer now the Big Kids are everywhere and oh my days how are you going to afford it too?! I love looking through summer bucket lists and bored jar lists for ideas on what to do with my kids, but as they’re often aimed at older kids they’re not always that great for me, I can’t tell my preschooler to go read a book or write messages in invisible ink! With that in mind I thought I’d share some ideas for a summer bucket list for preschoolers, this isn’t possibly the one my kids would write (that’d include EuroDisney, Alton Towers and Legoland) but it does have loads of achievable but fun things to do with your kids. I’m sure there’s lots of them that you could do with older kids too and do feel free to leave your own ideas at the end – us parents have got to help each other!