As much as I want to spend every hour playing with C, it’s just not possible. For a start I have to go out to work three days a week, then if I’m not at work there’s the housework; laundry, hoovering, dusting, ironing, cooking which all take up far too much time, then I have to walk the dog, make sure we visit the grandparents, take the library books back and do the food shopping.
Now obviously I sometimes just stick the washer on and ignore the pile of dishes in the sink but I can’t do that every day and, like most parents, can often be found saying things such as ‘in a minute’, ‘wait ’til I’ve finished this’ and ‘don’t you just want to watch Snow White?’. The guilt of a mother.
On Sunday, the husband was working so I decided to take C swimming as we hadn’t been for months. We got everything loaded in the car then the damn thing wouldn’t start. C was not happy so I, once again, felt guilty.
To make it up to her I said I’d help her build with her Lego Duplo which is in a quite enormous plastic tub. We’re part of the Duplo experts programme so have accumulated rather a lot now.
We built houses, bridges, and police stations,
we made patterns with the bricks
and we practised our alphabet (with lots of help from mummy)
We played with the Duplo for about 2 hours with no distractions; no tv on, no laptop, no phone, and it was just really nice to be able to play with her without thinking about the things I’m not doing.
I should do it more often.