Trying to find time to work was hard enough as a stay-at-home mum of one – then he gets his 15 funded hours of preschool time and I produce child number two and now it’s nearly impossible. Even when The Boy is at preschool The Girl can be guaranteed to nap-refuse just as I most need time to get stuff done, or will wait until I finish the housework and then wake up, leaving me with no time to do any work work.
Step 1 – grow stuff your child likes to eat
Step 2 – let them eat it.
That’s kind of it, really. After two years with an allotment (and three with a child) we’ve found this to be far and away the most effective approach. This morning The Boy has gorged himself on his own bodyweight of organic raspberries and strawberries, fresh off the bush via his own (grubby) hand.
You can even make use of them to water things, carry weeds away and drown slugs, but first you need to get them interested 🙂
I don’t know about you, but I find nothing more stressful than trying to find the perfect piece of electronic technology to suit my purposes. Sod the “eleventh hour dress for your best friend’s wedding” – getting the right smart phone/smart TV/smart box is the most anxiety inducing activity I can think of: where everything is smart except – seemingly – you!