Lately I have been suffering from a little bit of mummy guilt.
Mainly it’s about whether I am doing enough for Miss 2’s socialisation.
I never worried about this with my older girls. When I worked they attended day care at least a few days a week. Add on the swimming, dancing or kinder gym lessons and our week was full and their interaction with other children well and truly met.
Miss 2 on the other hand is being raised in a very different situation. I no longer work so she is at home with me every day of the week. She adores her older sisters and learns a great deal from them (both the good and the bad), but I worry that she doesn’t spend enough time with children her own age. When she sees someone her own size she seems so fascinated by them.
She won’t start sessional kinder until 2019 … even though she turns 3 in March which is before the enrolment cut off and could start next year, I’ve weighed up and pro and cons and decided to wait until the following year.
I know her spending time at home with me offers so many great benefits – for both of us – and I feel so grateful to be able to spend so much time with my little girl, however I often wonder if she needs to spend more time with children her own age.
Hello mummy guilt.
A few weekends ago something big happened. I lost my baby girl.
Well, ok, I didn’t exactly lose her but in the space of a day she grew up amazingly fast.
It all happened so quickly. One Sunday morning, I casually mentioned to my husband that it might be time to think about moving Miss 2 to a big bed. She was no longer sleeping as well or for as long in her cot. She was resisting naps and waking earlier and earlier in the mornings.
When my husband said he would go out and pick one up for me that day, I took advantage of the offer while it lasted, did a quick search online, found the bed I was after in stock (winning!) and by later that afternoon the cot was dismantled and sitting out in the garage and my baby girl was ready to sleep in her very own big bed that night.
What? How did this happen? Where have those years gone?
In conjunction with Dymocks
Most nights my children read before going to bed. It’s a bit of a juggling act with three children of such different ages – 2, 8 and 12 – but it’s something we have done together since they were toddlers and it’s a routine I will continue to encourage.
Even though my eldest is nearing high school and usually reads to herself nearing high school, she still enjoys sharing a few pages from the current book she is reading and often asks if she can read to me. I love that she’s getting to an age where we’re starting to enjoy reading some of the same books – there’s some really great young adult fiction out there!
Personally, I can’t think of anything better than curling up with a good book before bed … well anytime really!
So I was excited to be contacted by Dymocks last week and hear all about its new campaign to encourage more children to pick up a book and get reading for fun.
I was also offered the opportunity to ask Dymocks literacy expert and author Louise Park a few questions to help parents of children of all age develop and maintain a lifelong love for reading – in particular she offers some fabulous tips for how to choose the right book for your child!
There’s also a handy list of book recommendations for different reading stages, in case you and your child need help with choosing a book.