It's been 6 months since my husband went to the police academy and in 2 weeks we are getting him back. Don't get me wrong, we've still seen him every weekend, but it's been a rollercoaster ride. People ask me how I do this, how can I be a mum with a husband away for a week at a time and still have time to make things. Well the answer is simple: humor.
1. Oh dear the shorts don't go over your head.
2. Did you not get enough breakfast darling?
3. And this is why I tell you over and over not to touch the nappy cream.
4. An art project not gone like I planned, maybe the paper that I taped was too small for her ideas.
And there has been many many more things that I can't but laugh, like drinking vegetable oil, feeding her lunch to the toys so that they are covered in tomato sauce and brushing her teeth with daddy's tooth brush.
Yes sometimes it's not so funny and sometimes I have cried, but if you take everything too seriously and only worry about a clean house and a clean child, well then you're going to miss out a lot. Children, funny ones as they are, need to try silly things, need to do the opposite of what you tell them to and need to be allowed to be children. And being a child just happens to be all those things, messy and dirty.
And don't get me wrong, she still helps me to clean up after she's made the mess. Just because we let them be children doesn't mean we need to be slaves as mothers. I am very greatful that she knows how to put her toys away (and everything else she's pulled out), take her dirty clothes to the laundry and get the towel when she's spilled something. Cleaning can be fun too when you do it together.
So when do I have time to do crafty things? Well they do sleep too!