I never actually thought the day would come where I would be begging James not to be so helpful. I took the washing in for mum yesterday and he had a full force tantrum because he wanted to do it for Nana. He also wants to dress himself, which is great except it usually means both legs in the same leg, and if you are in a rush and want to assist be prepared for a meltdown. He also wants to put his socks on and then (quite like his mother) loses it when he can’t. Now, I don’t mean my socks of course, but when I was a child, I was a little demanding and impatient to say the least. This morning he wanted to do his own car seat as I tried to explain that the reason he couldn’t was for safety reasons so mummy’s have to do it. I then got told he doesn’t want to be safe, as ‘big, little boys don’t need to be’!!
After I was late for my meeting and I was I missing a few pieces of hair I had torn out I burst out laughing. I have literally spent weeks and months begging James to help Mummy do things and it has actually backfired on me. Like most of my parenting methods I plan on turning it into a game or a story. A game usually involves me timing him which always works and I think a long story about how its ok to lets mums help is necessary for the next few nights.
Its incredible watching the determination, independence and personality develop as they grow and then in the middle of the night my sweet little boy says “Mummy will you just hold my hand as I love you, my best friend”. These moments are what life is all about and too often we’re moving so fast we miss them. My life has been hectic lately and like any parent I have felt bad. I would like to thank everyone for their incredible support, emails and messages after The Late Late show for walk in my shoes. It means a lot and I’m delighted the young people of Ireland will have more access to information and support now in the area of mental health.
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Q: I have bad varicose veins post pregnancy. Any tips on getting rid of them as the summer is drawing closer and I’m embarrassed to bare my legs?
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