There are lots of things I didn’t think I would do as a parent which inevitably now I do. Before having children I’ll admit I didn’t realise how hard parenthood really is. You only really ever see a snapshot of a parents daily life. There is so much that happens when no one else is watching.

You never know how much sleep the parent had the night before. Whether they had to endure a massive temper tantrum just getting shoes on. Or if they haven’t even had a chance to grab a coffee that morning.

Things I didn’t think I would do as a parent

Let them watch TV

Watching TV face

Before kids I assumed that I would greatly limit the amount of TV my children watch. I had vaguely heard of the channel CBeebies but hadn’t yet appreciated how important it would become in my life.

CBeebies has been a life saver at times. Especially this year during the early days of bringing a baby home, to a house with a toddler. TV became the only way to pacify my toddler so I was able to spend thirty minutes with the baby.

I do try to limit the amount my children watch, but in these winter month’s it’s not always easy. You’ve been up since six, fed them, taken them out, fed them again, put them down for a nap, done an activity at home….tv becomes a very helpful friend to occupy them for an hr or so while you get jobs done.

After all my efforts I probably haven’t succeeded in limiting TV as much as I hoped As at ten months old my baby’s first word was Peppa Pig!

 

Eat anything apart from healthy snacks

With my first-born I was very strict on only feeding healthy snacks. Until her first birthday she had never tasted any chocolate, crisps or biscuits. Snacks included vegetable sticks, rice cakes and fruit.

Move on two years and my ten month old has already pinched crisps from plates, had buttons shoved in her mouth from sister and devoured a biscuit on first sight.

It becomes an impossible task to keep a second child away from ‘treats’ if their siblings are exposed to them. Unhealthy snacks are everywhere and always attract young eyes.

During the Christmas season its harder than ever. To counter balance the treats I try to feed them healthy balanced meals. In the hope that they understand that treats, are treats, and balance is best.

Listen to children’s music all the time

My daughters love listening to children’s music. Everything from nursery rhymes for the baby to pop songs sung by Justin Fletcher (aka Mr Tumble).

Whilst pregnant with my first born, I remember saying to my own mother ‘I won’t be spending all my time listening to children’s music’. She likes to remind me of this, when we have had ‘Head Shoulders Knees and Toes’ on repeat for thirty minutes.

Parenthood is full of choices and decisions, some big and small. Now I am a parent I try not to judge anyone’s individual choices for their family. We all go down different paths and as long as the child is safe, cared for and happy, there are no rights and wrongs.

 

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During the first few month’s of your baby’s life you will spend an awful lot of time feeding your child. Now whilst it’s lovely to sit and stare at your baby for a while and take in the moment, eventually you will want and need something else to keep you occupied. This is when Netflix can become your best friend.

Netflix is brilliant for this as you can dip in and out when you can. There is a lot of choice on there for mum’s.

 

My Mum Netflix Top 10

  1. Orange Is The New Black – A comedy, drama series about a women minimum security prison in Danbury, United States. The plot follows the life of the women whilst in prison, and reflects back on how they got there. One to watch when your child is still young enough to not understand the plot (if they are in the room) as contains a fair bit of nudity and bad language.
  2. Mad Men – An american drama about an advertising agency mainly set in the 60s. The plot concentrates on one main character Don Draper, but also follows a number of other employes of the agency. Slick and fun, a great one to watch but a commitment as there are seven seasons to get through.
  3. Gilmore Girls – The story of a single mum and her daughter. The pair is both witty and smart, and very ambitious. As it’s a mix of comedy and drama, this is an easy watch.
  4. The Crown – A biographical story of Queen Elizabeth II. Excellent acting and amazing costumes, this one will take you right back to the 50s and 60s when our Queen married Philip.
  5. The OA – An American mystery drama series, which has an element of supernatural. The series is based on the story of a woman called Prairie, who reappears after going missing for seven years. Strange at times but actually quiet compelling viewing. An easy one to get into as there is only eight episodes to get through.
  6.  Chewing Gum – A British sitcom about a 24-year-old girl named Tracey who lives in London. She works at a small newsagent, and lives with her mum and sister. Silly at times but very funny, another easy watch.
  7. The Good Wife – This series focuses on the life of a woman called Alicia. She returns to law after being a stay at home mum, when her husband is involved in a scandal. Another one which requires some commitment as it ran for seven seasons, but worth it as its witty and has plenty of twists.
  8. Making A Murder – A documentary set in the states, which has become a cult hit. Filmed over ten years, the documentary follows the life of Steven Avery. He served time in prison for a crime he may or may not have committed, which the documentary explores.
  9. Black Mirror – Black Mirror is an interesting one, as it’s a British science fiction show. Each episode stands alone and explores issues in modern life. Strangely compelling.
  10. Glow – Based in the 1980s it looks at a women’s syndicate wrestling circuit, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wresting. Episodes are only 30 minutes so easier to squeeze in. Funny, smart and topped with glitter.

Last year I took on the challenge of getting my daughter Rose’s 2nd birthday card on TV. We were thankfully successful and she appeared on Milkshake on the big day.

The effort of making and sending the card was so worth it when she saw her face on TV. I was surprised by how emotional it made me seeing her on the big screen and we still watch it once in a while!

I’ve been doing some research on what to do this year now we have two birthdays to celebrate.

 

 

The options for channels you can appear on are:

Milkshake

Cards need to arrive a month before the big day.

CBeebies

Cards need to arrive 4 weeks before the big day. They receive a lot of cards so only show about half!

Disney Junior

They have something called the Disney Junior Birthday book. To get in this you need to upload a photo by the 1st of the month, a month before the little ones birthday.

Nick Jr

Nick Jr is slightly different as they offer a free Birthday phone call from one of the favourite characters. The call is from your pick from Shimmer and Shine, Blaze, Paw patrol, Dora, Bubble Guppies, Peter Rabbit, Wally or Sponge Bob. Just sign up online for this one.

This year Rose wants to appear on CBeebies, so I have started the card process for both the girls. I better make sure they are good though with a 50% show rate. One plus is I can get away with posting both together as their birthdays are so close. Fingers crossed we get on TV in January!