Screen Queen

Even more than my assertions about diet and food, the thing that really draws a raised eyebrow, a head tilt and a laughing “oh really?” is when I talk about the fact that baby Broccoli won’t be on too-familiar terms with Peppa Pig or Mr Tumble, because they’ll rarely be sat in front of the telly.   

 

To be fair, this is the one thing that makes me wonder if I really am being naïve when I think that they won’t be watching too much telly, or constantly seeking out an ipad or iphone for constant entertainment.   I know that times have changed and all that, but when I was a kid, we hardly ever watched telly. We had the radio on constantly (or whichever album my mam was obsessing over at any point), and we read, or played games.  Or just listened to/sang along (badly) to whatever music was on at the time.

 

I know that kids need to learn to use the technology that is all around us, and I love the “coding for kids” stuff that’s around, but I don’t want to use a screen as the default way to keep Broccoli occupied and/or distracted.  And I also think that this tend towards making sure kids always have something to distract them at all times is not a good thing. A bit of boredom is good for you – it gives your mind time to slow down, and to process how you’re feeling/thinking.

 

Las Ketchup

I find it irrationally annoying that there is this whole thing about parents “disguising” vegetables with copious amounts of tomato ketchup.  Why?  what’s that all about?  this one I’m really confident that I’ll still be sticking to once I’m a mama.  for one thing, I don’t like ketchup, so it’s not something I’ll have in the house. 

 

easy, right?

Have baby, will travel

“Oh, you’ll have to stop gallivanting” has been a pretty common response when I’ve told people that I’m going through the adoption process.  Because nobody with a baby ever goes further than a mile radius outside of their home, obviously.

But come on, babies travel free pretty much everywhere, including planes, where you also get the added bonus of being seated in the bulkhead, complete with travel cot – why wouldn’t you make the most of that?!

A raised eyebrow and a knowing look from my sister led into warnings about the sheer amount of stuff that I’d have to take with me everywhere – nappies, bottles, sterilising kit, half a dozen outfits (at least) per day, toiletries, toys,and on, and on, and on.  Unless I’m going to the middle of nowhere, it’s not like I won’t be able to buy all of that stuff when I get there though – all I’ll need to take is just what I’ll need for the journey itself.

I’m pretty confident that all I’ll need to carry is the baby, and the one big rucksack or suitcase.