As time has passed, there have been things that I’ve been dead set against either before becoming a Mum or when Elliott was younger that I have since allowed. So far nothing untoward has happened and I wonder what I was so concerned about.
6 Things I Never Thought I’d Do As a Mum
Let Elliott watch the iPad
Seriously, I tried the whole busy bag thing, colouring in books, books, toys etc. to keep Elliott occupied if we were somewhere like waiting in a Doctors surgery or going on a long car drive but his attention span was always so short and they just didn’t interest him. In the end, Mr. G and I both caved in and let him watch the iPad on occasion. The fact is, most kids are going to be using one of these things in school every day soon and so all of our work of not letting him use an iPad will eventually be undone. Our role is to moderate its use and expose him to the things that he can learn away from the screen.
Let Elliott watch as much TV as he does
I remember before having Elliott that I very much had the ‘I will not use the TV as a babysitter’ mentality. Ha ha ha!!! Yeah right! I honestly don’t know what I would have done without the television and good on anyone who has managed to eliminate it from their childrens lives almost completely, but in our house it’s been a sanity saver. It’s helped when I’ve had to make the dinner and Elliott isn’t keen on playing, it’s helped to chill Elliott out when he’s refused to sleep. There have been times when I’ve been so sick that I couldn’t get off the couch and the TV has been a lifesaver and the days when no matter how hard I’ve tried, playing, crafting, colouring hasn’t worked and it’s been sweltering heat, the TV has been my saviour. As with the iPad, it’s all about moderation and being strict on viewing times.
Let Elliott drink juice
It’s only been in the past few months that Elliott has started having juice. Up to this point I was so against it and Elliott would only have milk or water. I don’t know what it was that made me add a little bit of orange juice to his water one day, but I did it. He doesn’t ask for it, to him it’s a bit of a treat when he does get it.
Put Elliott into a childcare center
I was always set on the fact that Elliott would only go to family daycare because it was homely, more intimate and focussed on a smaller group of children. For some reason I always had the image of a childcare centre being more like a mini-factory for kids….who knows why I thought this, possibly someone elses experience. As much as a family daycare worked really well for Elliott when he was younger, I realised that when he was two, he needed interaction with more children of his own age group and a more structured environment. By the time he was two, he had developed more and his personality and needs were more apparent, especially with his speech development. This is when I decided to give a childcare center a go and it’s been a great decision and I’ve noticed the change in Elliott.
Let Elliott sleep in our bed
This is another very recent change. For a very long time I’ve always been the one wanting to co-sleep, however, Mr. G has always been very much against it and so from Elliott’s first night at home after he was born, he’s been in his own room. I love the feeling of cuddling up with Elliott and making him feel secure, when he’s older I’m not going to have this opportunity.
Elliott has been going through a strange phase recently where he will not self settle to sleep anymore and wants me to cuddle him to sleep and so I’ve been doing it. He’s also recently come to my side of our bed during the night and I’ve quite happily had him snuggle up with me in bed. It was a good nights sleep for all.
Let Elliott eat lollies
The first time I think Elliott had a lollipop was when we went to New Zealand last year, we gave them to him for when we took off and landed, luckily he was a good little boy and didn’t have to give them to him during the flight to keep him happy. More recently when it was time to leave a certain playcenter and Elliott decided to throw a huge tantrum in front of all the other parents, I happily took the lollipop from the lady offering it at the exit gate and it instantly stopped the tantrum. Lollipops can be a lifesaver but party lolly bags usually get eaten by me so to save myself from a hyperactive toddler with a sugar overdose.
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