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#StayClassyMama 35

Hello and welcome to the #StayClassyMama linky.
Life is pretty manic right now, counting down to the summer holidays!
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Let your blogging friends know about the link up and encourage them to join us! Last week had more linkers so thank you so much for your support.

  • Add 1 or 2 posts (old or new), any topics welcome but a focus on the highs and lows of parenting is preferable: what meals and recipes have worked or not? what new toys have you discovered? where have you taken the kids this week? have you done a craft and got glitter everywhere? what gorgeous item of clothing is covered in snot?
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Yes, I will parent your child if you don’t!

On Sunday, I went along to a soft play birthday party for my niece. Not my idea of fun at the best of times but with Zach’s broken wrist, my enjoyment levels were at a minimum. I was closely supervising him whilst the others ran amok.

I spoke to some of the bigger boys, my son and nephew included, as they were racing through the little children’s area, reminding them to be careful and stay in the designated areas for people their size. There were some really tiny children there and they could easily have been knocked over or injured.
At one point a little boy snatched a cushion from Anya then climbed up the steps and barged Zach out of the way with it. Seeing no parent around, I spoke to him firmly but softly to say his behaviour was not kind. He promptly burst into tears and ran for his mum wherever the heck she might have been.

I didn’t mean to upset him but don’t regret speaking to him. Truthfully, I would expect another parent to step in and help my children make the right choices if they were behaving in a way they shouldn’t.
On school trips I have noticed that parents fail to monitor their children properly and I have stepped in to speak to them earning myself a dirty look from their ‘supervising’ parent.
The same is true for the school run. Children on bikes haring down pavements, heedless of pushchairs, small children, pregnant women and the elderly or disabled. I have told children and teenagers off for swearing and dropping litter.

Unfortunately, I hideously embarrass my own children when I do this but I want them to learn to speak up for what is right. I set clear boundaries for my children that I don’t think are unreasonable so if I spot others behaving in an anti social way then I will call them up on it.
I would be horrified if my child dropped litter deliberately and would want a member of the public to challenge them.
Of course, it isn’t always negative behaviour that I will address. If someone behaves beautifully I would also comment on that. Injuries and sadness, offering comfort and reassurance. At the soft play party, a girl fell off the steps and was screaming in pain and panic so I instantly went over and checked she was ok (it was a really scary tumble!) then guided her back to her mum. Again, I would expect others to help my children in the same way.
The saying goes ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.’ I wouldn’t say I’m ‘good’ but I try my best and I will speak out because I feel passionate about producing the next generation with love and respect for humanity and the planet. (Read here about what I think is important to instil in our children)
Children learn by example. They push boundaries and need to learn from mistakes but they do NEED to know when they are making those mistakes otherwise they will continue to make them.
Seeing some of the teenagers in the exams I invigilate, it is obvious that no one ever tells them no. They come into school with incorrect uniform, no equipment and a smug attitude. They are in for a shock in the real world…
My children aren’t perfect. My parenting certainly isn’t either. But I am trying and that it what counts. Are you?

#GlobalBlogging 115

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Global Blogging!
Wherever you are in the world, come and join me and Heather at Shank You Very Much! You can link up any 2 posts then please comment on both host posts and the one in front of yours.
Please encourage your friends to join us by sharing on social media (or send them a DM and insist)! Linkies are a great way to discover new blogs and blogging friends as well as promote your own posts and raise your DA so please visit us each week!
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So why should you use this linky? We have fascinating bloggers join us every week, Heather has an amazing sense of humour and every week we pick our favourite post so link up now to get the chance to earn our featured blogger badge and a precious backlink.
My favourite from last week’s posts was from Mummy of a Square Peg, a beautiful read about the autism journey that parents may encounter. Heather has chosen a post from Tired but Crafty Mummy with her exploration of our wonderful oceans using a book as a starting point. Please add your featured blogger badge! :
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Also, remember to link only two posts – all others will be removed and may result in you being blocked from future linkups due to spamming activity. Heather and I strive to make this community as positive and friendly for every blogger who chooses to join, but we can only do that if everybody has the same intention. We have also noticed that some people are linking up their own linky which is a bit cheeky really 🙁 As always, all other post topics are welcome!
I look forward to reading your posts and getting social! Have a great week everyone!

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Face Paintoos: let’s get the party started!

We were thrilled to be invited along to the launch party for Face Paintoos at Beale Park this weekend.
I often comment on my lack of creative style and face painting is something the children have not ever experienced at home (although as you may have see from #Project365 they have done it at school.)
When I heard about temporary face tattoos that could be used as an altenative to face painting I was excited that’d I’d finally be able to create designs and delight the kids.

We were sent some patch tests before the event to make sure that the children would be comfortable having the designs applied to their skin and I’m pleased to report there were no issues.
We arrived at the Beale Centre within the park and met up with the wonderful Dawn, Alex and Bella from Dear Mummy Blog (I’d last seen Dawn just a few weeks ago at The Odyssey in Winchester and Anya had met Bella at the Lush Spring Party.)
The party organisers had given so much thought to entertaining the children. The main event was the Face Paintoos and Anya chose the unicorn option from the magical pack. All you need for application is some water and a steady hand!


Sadly the boys decided against having the Face Paintoos applied. I’m sure Matt would have been a fab dinosaur or dragon and Zach had wanted to be a cat but refused to cooperate!
The rest of the party was a blur of fun. The magician and balloon man were superb and kept both children and parents entertained. We went away with a giant buttercup, gecko and monkey.

Other tables around the centre had Fuzzikins including cute new characters. Matthew based his on Harry Potter characters and just look at Zach’s concentration!

There were also games, nail art and so much more. The children had a lovely time and it was great to meet up with other bloggers and their families.
Just to show what a small world it is: on Sunday we went to my niece’s birthday party and guess who was there…Bella!

*We were invited to attend this party. There was no expectation of a blog post or social media coverage. All opinions and photos are my own

#Project365 2019 week 23

Day 153: first ever theatre trip for the children and a trip down memory lane for me with Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels

Day 154: the children had an inset day so we soaked up some sun by the river opposite our house and they rode their bikes

Day 155: my dad gives us tomato plants every year and 2019’s arrived and need to be planted out

Day 156: I fully admit that I am a pasta addict. Chris honestly can’t believe how much of it I can eat! Here I teamed Linda MacCartney meatballs with a homemade spicy sauce and the Garofalo pasta that was in the Blog On goody bag (all vegan and wheat free of course)

Day 157: guess which non potty trained child has climbed INSIDE my duvet cover whilst wet and naked after bathtime…

Day 158: Anya’s class did face painting on each other and I’m impressed! When Matthew did it 3 years ago he came out with what looked like army camouflage!

Day 159: never had face painting done before and then twice in two days! We were invited to the Face Paintoos party at Beale Park and the kids had a wonderful time with a magician, balloons and the main event: face temporary tattoos!

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