it is 9am and there are already two things that preoccupy my mind….well, lets not count the (now) 4-year old tantrum over the bunny bowl, shall we?
Every morning I have the same discussion with my daughter:
Beautiful, sweet and gentle and almost 8, she leaves her things lying around the house for me to pick up and put away. Shoes, PJ’s, undies….. Nothing unusual you say….. however, every morning we go through the same routine of not finding the hairbrush or hair ties. Two things that are essential and that we don’t have plenty of (how many hair brushes does one have in the stash???) . Its 8.30am, the carpool is waiting and we are madly looking for the above two items. This messiness is making me cross, my crossness makes her cry…..and so we part for the day with less than loving feelings. And I am left feeling guilty for my outburst…..
How does one teach tidiness to children (apart from being a good example). What works? Bribes, threats, star-charts? When do kids start to take care of their own room, make beds and put washing in the basket? Ahhh, I hear some say that they should be doing it from the moment thy can walk and put their dirtiest in the basket….But sometimes I am too tired of repeating the same things over and over and doing it myself seems quicker….
Anyway, this is the first of my serious thoughts of the morning. The second concerns the button band of my tiny tea leaves cardi. It is almost done. One button-band to go and I am struggling with it…..I always have struggled with them. I thought by doing the sewn cast off I would avoid the puckering and stretching. Mind you, I haven’t blocked it yet and I am wondering if I can stretch it into shape.
Has anyone got any experience with this? How do you cast off button-bands?
Maybe I should just unpick it and re-do it. What do you think?
For those of you mamas who are into cloth nappies, here is a link to adjust the pattern for a bulkier bottom….how clever of Sew Liberated Mama…..
Have a lovely Tuesday