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January 11, 2017 at 6:25 am by Angela

Just before Christmas, the awesome Josefine from My Danglish Family tagged me to take part in White Camelia’s ‘Rocking Motherhood Tag’. Not only was I excited to be tagged but I was also excited to do something which made me think about all the great stuff I do. As Josefine mentions in her post (which is fantastic so do go and read it once you’ve read mine!), it’s really easy for mums to focus on the things they feel they haven’t done. Right I’m going to wing it so let’s see what I can come up with!

One: I add an extra 20 minutes to every walk so Little H can dawdle and explore the world

Right now Little H is fascinated by stomping on fallen leaves (even though they are now soggy and no longer crunch) and looking for any available puddle to jump in. She also loves to look at birds, stops and wave hello to dogs and cats and point out every single car. But I want her to be able to explore the world and not have to rush through everything like I generally do so when my time is hers, we’ll spend it how she wants to. Well, within reason…haha!

Two: I make her elaborate meals

What mother doesn’t want her child to eat well. I try and make Little H hearty meals as much as possible. I’m very fortunate that she is both a good eater and a vegetable lover. So there are so many things I can and want to make for her. Her favourites dishes are risotto and stew. But I also let her have some cheeky favourites (and toddler staples): cheesy pasta with peas, pizza toast and fish fingers with beans and sweet potato!

SalmonRisotto

Three: When she needs cuddles, she gets cuddles

Sometimes it’s when she falls over. Other times it’s when she can’t get to sleep or wakes in the night and just needs some company. But my little girl will always get a cuddle from me when she needs one!

Four: I warm her milk for when she wakes from her nap

Little H is a big milk lover still. I’m not surprised because I love milk too so… Anyway, when she had a cold once, I warmed her post nap milk to help her soothe her throat. She laid in her cot and guzzled it all down. So now I always warm up her milk to take her when she wakes. On his more serious days, Sam tells me I’m mollycoddling her. But I don’t care even if I am. She likes it so she can have it. Plus, if someone gives me a subpar cuppa it really ruins my evening so I don’t see how this is any different.

Five: I’ll push her on every swing at the park

When we go to the park, Little H will usually want to go on every single swing that is available. So I will dutifully move her from one to the next under her instruction and push her on each. At times it can be a little dull, but heck, it’s only 10 minutes!

Swinging

Six: I let her pick her own clothes

I don’t give her complete free-reign; we’d never ever leave the house. But I give her a couple of choices everyday so she’s in control of what she wears. She regularly surprises me by going for the top or trousers I hadn’t expected her to go for, proving why it’s good for her to have the choice.

Seven: I’m patient with her

Sure I have my moments where I snap too quickly. But as I watch Sam or other relatives with her when she’s being ‘testing’, I realise how patient I have become. I was never a very patient person by nature but over the last 12 months I have learnt to just take a breath and give her time to get there. If she needs to spend an extra 2 minutes scraping her yoghurt pot then so be it; if she refuses to let me dry her hair then I let her run around for a couple of minutes. Eventually she’ll come willingly or I have just cause to swoop in and grab her!

(It’s had the added benefit that I am now pretty darn patient in most other parts of my life!)

Eight: I know almost every single line of ‘Frozen’

FrozenFever

My goodness, my daughter loves that film. Admittedly she’s only really allowed to watch that or ‘Peppa Pig’ but she in reality is enthralled by ‘Frozen’ from the opening credits. So we watch it…very regularly. I recently got ‘Frozen Fever’ on a friend’s recommendation; it’s added a little bit of variety to our viewing.

(Secret confession though, I like ‘Frozen’ too!)

Nine: I sing a lot of songs

I’m not a great singer. But a song or rhyme always cheers Little H up, or calms her down. So especially when we’re getting ready for bed I sing her songs. Some of them are frustratingly addictive, but I love it anyway. This week I have made her chuckle so much by doing an animated rendition of “Five Little Monkeys’!

Ten: She’s the most important thing to me in the entire world

There isn’t much more to say than that. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for my girl. From sitting squashed on a cushion on the floor building towers just for her to knock them down; through to waking in the night to check her temperature has gone down when she’s sick. I’ll always be there to support her whenever and however she needs it, over everything else!

So who am I going to nominate?

I really want to hear how the following lovely ladies Rock Motherhood:

Emma from Me and B Make Tea

Sarah from TammyMum

Nicole from The Mum Reviews

I know from reading their awesome blogs that they definitely rock at being mums. Hopefully they all already realise that but if not, they will after doing this challenge!

RockingMotherhood

Tammymum

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

3 Little Buttons

My Petit Canard

Mummuddlingthrough

The Pramshed
 
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Some comments:
  1. Yay! You’re definitely Rocking Motherhood! I love your little confession about Frozen, I’ll confess I haven’t seen it yet, surprisingly enough my other half J has! Who would have thought… oh and he liked it 😉 I too sing lots to Elliot, thankfully he’s still too young to voice if he doesn’t like what he’s hearing! xx
    Josefine recently posted…Cinnamon Swirl Cake with Lemon IcingMy Profile

    • Yes, I love that your OH liked ‘Frozen’. Go Danglish Dad!! I have tried to explain to my husband that there far worse things we could be watching. Thanks for agreeing I rock. We all rock don’t we. Mum’s are awesome!!! xx

  2. I did this tag too – it’s a great way to celebrate our achievements as mums. We spent far too much time beating ourselves up. I know all the songs in Frozen too – my daughter loves the music but she refuses to watch the parts of the film where people are talking! #FamilyFun
    The Squirmy Popple recently posted…My toddler controls my lifeMy Profile

    • Haha, that’s so funny she won’t listen to the words! My daughter was a bit like that when she was younger. Now she often wants to move past the songs because she knows them so well and listens to the talking. She loves the bit where Anna gets thrown off her horse and walks to the little shop. It gets lots of “uh oh”s. Thanks for reading xx

    • Thanks lovely, that’s nice of you to say. Patience is something I have to work on all the time but now we are exhibiting more and more Terrible-Twos type behaviour a bit early, I’m finding it pays off to take a couple more deep breaths!!

  3. Hehehe we tagged each other! His is a fab list and it certainly sounds like you are rocking motherhood. We have to take extra long walks too and lots and lots and lots of singing. Shame I can’t sing though… thanks for joining us at #familyfun

    • Don’t worry, I can’t sing either. But thankfully toddlers don’t seem to care too much! (Although Little H did once turn to me and say “No Mummy” – that was a slap in the face.) Thanks for reading lovely x

  4. I like frozen too 😉 I didn’t watch it for a very long time but them when i did (with my kids) I loved it 🙂 I think it’s fab you give your daughter some autonomy and let her choose her clothes. You sure are #rockingmotherhood. Thank you for taking part x

    • She seems to resist things much less if she’s given a choice so it definitely makes for an easier life! Thanks for your lovely comment and for reading xx

  5. I LOVE this tag! You sound like an amazing mum <3 I love that you allow extra time when you're going on walks. I need to remember to do this as Lilly gets older. It's so important to slow down and go at their pace now and then.

    • You’re so right. I read a little bit about slow parenting when she was a baby. I don’t subscribe to parenting philosophies but I liked the sentiment of giving children time to explore the world. Definitely recommend adding some extra walking time in when you can once your little one is on the go!

  6. Awww this is such a lovely post. What a great idea to get us thinking about all the brilliant things we do as parents, instead of focussing on the things we haven’t done. Love it.
    #familyfun

  7. What a wonderful mummy you are! There’s nothing wrong with giving her warm milk. I can’t see that it’s that much different that my liking a hot cup of tea every 10 minutes to be honest! #coolmumclub

    • Yeh, I know right. Dad’s can be so grumpy sometimes!! Oooh, I could do with a hot cuppa. Thanks for reading and for your supportive comment xx

  8. Ah this is such a lovely post – this is the selflessness that is so special in motherhood and yes! you are most certainly rocking it. Thanks for sharing this with #coolmumclub lovely xoxo

  9. Oh my word you are totally rocking motherhood! I love that you warm your daughter’s milk on waking. My son is 13 and I’ve just warmed up his chocolate milk – still mollycoddling but that’s what mums do! #fortheloveofBLOG
    justsayingmum recently posted…Celebrating All The Bad MumsMy Profile

    • Aww that’s lovely you warm your son’s chocolate milk. That makes me smile and also reassures me that mum’s are meant to mollycoddle. Thanks for your lovely comment xx

  10. Ahhhh this is a lovely list – such mindful parenting! I totally get the Frozen songs one and love that you build time into activities so as not to rush her (like the walk to school). You certainly rock. #fortheloveofBLOG xx

  11. Oh Angela, You really are Rocking Motherhood when your child spends 2 minutes scraping out a yogurt pot. If you could pin down the genetic coding for that trait you’d make a fortune! I’m the only yogurt pot scraper in our house, it’s all “no stay wait, stay at the table, I’ve just found one more spoonful (or rather half)”. Then my finger goes in the pot for the last bit….the kids screw their faces up & run a mile….I’m the only one left standing…but at least I always empty that pot.

    • Haha, I’m completely with you on not wasting! My husband never licks the lid and I always feel irritated at the bit of yoghurt going in the bin! Thanks for your great comment xx

    • Fear not, it’s the fact I sing rather than the quality of my singing voice. Only Little H gets to hear the warble!!! Haha. Thanks for reading xx

  12. This is a great post and as others have said you really are rocking motherhood. I loved your comparison to a subpar cup of tea. makes total sense why you would do that for little H either!

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday
    Tracey Bowden recently posted…Limbo: The World Behind The EyesMy Profile

    • She’s obsessed with Frozen Fever now over normal Frozen which was a nice change. But because it’s only 7 minutes I’m now fed-up of it! Thanks for reading xx

    • Yes it’s a great tag idea. It made me really self-assess and remind myself I get more right than wrong! Thanks for reading xx

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