I write this on the sofa, with Husband and the kids nearby in the kitchen and garden. There is A LOT of shouting and shrieking. If you lived next door, you may even be tempted to think that there were six or seven kids being tortured. There is fighting and crying and the yelling of ‘Mama Mama’. Now, I love being a Stay-At-Home-Mum but at the weekends I do like an hour to myself on the computer.
Maybe I should hide in the guest room, but I don’t. I stay in the living room (our sofa is really comfy) and listen to World War 3. Husband says that it is not his fault. He is not used to taking care of the kids. He does not know how to handle the kids like I do. The children do not listen to him like they listen to me. So, this post is dedicated to my Husband. If any of you go through a similar issue, please feel free to pass this on to your partner. This obviously isn’t just for dads, but for the parent who spends less time with the kids.
A Beginner’s Guide to Taking Care of Children
1. Put Down Your iPhone/Smart Phone/Newspaper. It is tough taking care of children if you are not paying attention to what they are doing.
2. When you see your children misbehaving, kindly ask them to stop. Perhaps offer them instruction on how to act nicely.
3. Take note of the time of day that your children eat every weekend. Your toddler might be less grumpy if you don’t wait until 1pm to figure out what to make them for lunch.
4. Children require a certain amount of water to stay hydrated. Expect some lethargy and leg pains come bedtime if they only drink one glass of water during the day.
5. Although children love fruit shoots and crisps, this does not constitute a healthy meal. Children should be given fruit and vegetables. Really. They. Should.
6. You may be tired from working all week, but you are not the only one. Do more than your share, without being
pestered nagged asked.
7. There is no need to shout at the kids. Yes, it has been a trying weekend of activities, tantrums and lack of sleep. But the shouting leads to crying which leads to the yelling of ‘Mama Mama’. This leads to Mama getting grumpy.
8. Children do not need to watch television constantly. They actually enjoy drawing, or playing in the garden, amongst many other things.
9. Learn where your children’s clothes are kept. Is there anything more annoying than your partner asking where the kids’ pyjamas are located? I think not.
10. After spending a day/weekend helping take care of the children, do not make any comments about how you are looking forward to going back to work on Monday. Not. Funny. At. All.