Listography-5 Things I want to do this Summer

In no particular order.

1.Not moan or shout at the kids so much-Easier said than done in our busy household,I am going to try my best though.I have certain expectations from all of the children in regards to their behaviour but am aware that I can sometimes be a bit hard on them.

2.Get out and about more with the children-I find I don’t do as much with the kids as I used to.At one point a few years ago we would be doing something everyday.Even if its a trip to the local park or a picnic.We live near the forest but I am often limited due to the fact that I don’t drive so it can be awkward to get there.That said,my 8 year old daughter would love a trip round the Forest on an Open-top bus.

3.Read more to/with the kids-I am very guilty of not reading as much as I’d like to,theres always something else that crops up.I think that maybe if I can find books that will captivate them all,it could be easier.Not sure if that’s possible though with the age ranges.I might have to have 2 reading groups-pre-school and school-aged.

4.Have some quality time with my husband without the kids-This I feel is very important.I don’t think we’ve had a night out by ourselves in about 2 years.A meal somewhere then maybe a trip to the cinema would be nice.

5.Cook more with the children from scratch-This is our current project and we have made or are planning on making:  Cakes,Biscuits,Lasagne,Casseroles.I really want my children-boys and girls to be independent and able to cook a decent for themselves when they are older.Our 4 year old daughter is currently having a few food-related issues-she had become extremely greedy and if we don’t allow her the food she wants she often sneaks out and takes it without our knowledge.I am finding this quite difficult as I don’t want to deprive the children of treats but I do want them all to have healthy,balanced diets.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lou Strachan
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 12:13:24

    A worthy list! Cooking is a passion of mine I am guilty of not passing on x


  2. Reluctant Housedad
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 12:21:41

    Good luck with number one!! NUmber 4 is absolutely essential. Me and the missus try to have a ‘date’ night at least once a month, otherwise you forget who each other is. Hope you have a great summer i.e. both high-achieving and relaxing. Thanks for taking part.


  3. Rena
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 13:57:19

    I think it’s so easy to knock ourselves as parents and we can never be good enough! I think the list is a demanding one but good one too. I have decided to look at the things I do well as a parent and often forget that I always try hard to be a good mum. I think its time to give up trying so hard and just have fun with the kids.


  4. nickimumof5
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 18:02:53

    I love teaching the children to cook,I think it’s important and something I really enjoy doing with them.I’m not sure we’d be able to manage a “date night” once a month as it’s not easy getting a babysitter for 5 kids.We did say after our 4th we were going to aim to get out without kids once every 3 months.That all went to pot but we hope to make an effort to go somewhere as and when we can without the children.I try my best to be the best parent and person I can be but tend to feel stretched very thinly.I agree that sometimes we can try to hard to do things and forget to have fun.Children grow up so fast,we need to make the most of the time we spend with them.


  5. Inside the Wendy House
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 21:57:08

    Good list…cooking and getting out and about more are on my list too! Hope you achieve it all x


  6. Donna@MummyCentral
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 10:47:31

    Great list. I’ve chosen number four as well – me and the Mr haven’t made the effort to get out on our own in three years. Think I might try your number five too x


    • nickimumof5
      Jul 05, 2011 @ 15:51:21

      I think it’s a good idea to write lists about anything you want to achieve.I find once it’s written somewhere it gives me,personally more incentive to carry out my aims.I need a mixture of diary’s,wall planners, calenders etc to try to organize our family life.I always forget something.I think it’s difficult finding time as a couple when you become parents but I do feel it is important.I look forward to seeing your list.


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