Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monster High Doll - Home made rooms

We were looking for an arts and crafts idea to get the kids imaginations going. When we looked on YouTube we found an awesome video which I have posted below. Taking inspiration from the video we created our own version as shown in the photo's below. Lots of craft paper and either cardboard or foam board. Really anything you can find.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Uma Thurman in Motherhood.

Motherhood (2009) Poster

Uma Thurman is a brilliant actress, she is not in enough stuff as far as I am concerned. I decided to watch Motherhood, a story of a woman running around fighting the streets in Manhatten trying to organise her daughters birthday party as well as her usual daily chores and pre-scheduled plans. She is screaming inwardly for help, time for herself, time to be her former self, a career, time to think, not having to do everyone's laundry etc. In some ways it was hard to watch, a little too realistic however, I could not resist. There was a particular scene in the car with her husband, she is distraught and talking about the things she needs to be 'normal'. I related to it instantly, what seems petty to the earner of the house (the husband) has accumulated in her life so much so she can't take it anymore. I, myself and no doubt others absolutely understand this frustration, the constant pick-up, cleaning, fetching and carrying and whatever else is added to the thankless task of housekeeping can weigh heavily to the point of exhaustion and a need to escape.
I have always been a working mum but now I spend more time at home supporting my family's needs but it took me almost two years to settle into the role as a home maker, house cleaner, (I despise mess but I also despise constant cleaning). Knowing, however, my kids will not be small and dependent on me for much of their life, they won't want the cuddles, kisses, hand holding, the need for me to take them and collect them from school, the birthday parties and all the things that come with their tiny-selves, I know that this short sacrifice in my life will mean the world to them in theirs. I can be home for them when they need me, that is more important than the dishes!
I believe that I am lucky to be able to work from home and be their for my kids, I know it is not like that for everyone. 
Do your best mums and dads. Kids want your love and the knowledge that you will keep them safe. You are their world.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity

Sir Ken Robinson once did a presentation at Ted Talks, this particular video has had the most views of any Ted Talk speakers. I have watched this video many times. I think it is so inspiring, so thought provoking, interesting, insightful. It certainly makes you reconsider the schooling systems, teaching methods, children's development etc. Sir Ken is also a great presenter, amusing but serious and not at all patronizing.

 I do believe schools kill creativity not in the early years but certainly at secondary level. I won't give my opinion on this but he makes some valid points.

I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Interview with the kids

Last year I interviewed my kids. Click to view the original blog post.  I forgot all about it until today when I went through my old scribbles. I said I would do this again and now they are a year older it would be nice to see what they say and compare it to last year. Bare in mind that the kids are in a new school so they will have different friends.

Interview with Melissa age 7 and Victoria age 5:

What is your favourite colour?
M: Pink and Purple
V: Purple and Pink

Who is your best friend?
M: Alexis, Saffy, Chloe, Diana, Neha, Ava
V: Cara, Alexis, Enchante, Hoodo, Deenoo

Do you like your school?
M: Yes
V: Yes

What do you like best about school?
M: Having fun, math games
V: Playing with the magnets, playing with Cara and Alexis

What is your favourite subject?
M: What is a subject? Art
V: Art

What was your best thing(s) about Christmas?
M: Opening presents
V: Opening presents

What sort of work would you like to do when you are all grown up?
M: Scientist
V: Go to work on a train like daddy, Ice cream girl

Which toy is your best?
M: Furby, Meh Kah
V: Furby, Bee Bah, love my big teddy

What do you most like about having a sister?
M: Playing on the trampoline
V: Playing pillow fights

Questions for me:

No questions other than they like to have mummy and daddy around.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Valentines for Kids

Valentines in North America is very different to the UK. In North America it is encouraged that children love each other; it is all about friendship which I think is fantastic. However in the UK it is very focused on getting a date and how many cards you receive, very much a popularity contests; it is awful.

We are embracing Valentines by adding to a tree all the people who we love and are special in our lives. For my little lovelies I have picked up this five foot poster with heart shaped paper, you can add names to the paper and stick onto the tree. I can't wait to see what the kids put on it. I have already added to it to get them started.

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Year clean-up

I am trying my hardest to teach the kids to keep their belongings tidy and place them in a spot where they can find them. It is a battle.

However, here is one of my ideas, I would like to call it a solution but it will probably be a temporary solution, kids are notorious for being untidy and have time to play but not for clean-up. Besides, kids should be kids and not have to worry about these things too much but a little nudging helps. But when my girls do tidy their room they are spotless, I love it.

They have a an art desk with draws but instead of placing the art materials in a orderly fashion it is all displaced and spread over several draws. So now we have a paper draw, a pen draw and paint draw and materials draw and these lovely little pots are for easy access for everyday needs, $1.25 each.