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post #201 of 212
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Originally Posted by Deefodil View Post
Also, I am jealous of parents that enjoy setting up and doing craft projects with their kids. I like to do MY crafts - but I'm a perfectionist and can't stand the mess that the kids make, or their imperfections, or the fact that after they make something, they RUIN it!! I'm always wanting to snatch the painting away from my DDs and say "STOP! It's perfect the way it is! Stop adding more!"
This is why we don't do more crafts. If I'm in just the right mental space, I totally love it. The rest of the time, my prefectionist streak mucks everything up. DD1 is mostly content to draw, colour and craft on her own, though.
post #202 of 212
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But the thought of hodling a 1 month old over a toilet, carrying a potty chair wherever we go, constantly spraying our carpet with odor/stain remover, and walking around with a cloth dipe spread over my hip just in case baby pees/poos on me? No thank you.
thats not quite what it looked like for us...!
post #203 of 212
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Waiting around while DD takes a class. I had to limit her to 1 activity a week like this.
I loved that when I only had one. It was reading time, and I didn't feel guilty! Now, while dd1 is in ballet, I have to entertain ds2. It's not bad right now, because there's a playground outside. But, once the rain begins in earnest, it will be different. I don't like taking him in the car covered in mud, and he will be covered in mud if I let him into that playground when it's wet.
post #204 of 212
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Oh, and ditto for kids' music. DD's favourite music is Billy Joel, Rent and Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Oh, and rap. We don't listen to rap, but if it comes up in a movie she's start bopping and head-banging like nobody's business. Whitest kid in the world. Don't ask me.
Stand back everyone, nothing here to see. Just imminent danger, in the middle of it, me! Yes, Captain Hammer’s here, hair blowing in the breeze, and the day needs my saving expertise.

10 y.o. ds loves Doctor Horrible. Well, we all do.
post #205 of 212
overscheduling. I have no intention of making a job out of signing my kids up for 9000 out of the house activities or groups. If I have 4 scheduled things (including doctors appointments) in a MONTH I feel busy. I can be busy all day at home without feeling totally warn out. Leaving the house with kids just sucks the energy out of me.

I'm not sure if this exists IRL but I see it on TV and in movies. Those groups where moms sit around in a circle with their babies in their laps singing "the wheels on the bus" while flapping their babies arms around to the beat of the song. GAG! I love to sing and be silly with my kids but, that scenerio erks me.

Hosting playdates at my house. NO WAAAAAY! Bratty kids messing up my house! I'm sorry but, there seems to be a lot of children who do not understand how to treat material items or other people's homes. Stomping on things, throwing stuff, breaking things on purpose, spreading junk everywhere without any intention of cleaning it up, screaming, spilling carelessly, demanding things, terrorizing my dogs and cats .... no thanks! I like a calm household.

Homeschooling. Nope, just not my gig. I love doing art projects, going on science oriented outtings, reading books, teaching about the world, animals, nature, numbers, writing, and such.... but not for hours on end. Several hours straight 4 to 6 days a week would drive me batty.

Subject myself or dd to kids music. Kidz Bop (kill me now) or similar music directed at kids. No cartoon soundtracks or singalongs. There are plenty of kids friendly songs to listen to that I like too. Dd's definatly has preferences though. Slowly she is starting to branch out a bit from upbeat, fast, and fun stuff to more mellow and less mainstream stuff. This week she has been requesting an odd combo of Imogen Heap and Patti Paige.
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things I do like that others seem not to:

sports! Watching or coaching. Dh is really into this as well. He coaches several people, 3 days a week, IN our house... for FREE and we're both ok with that.

art projects. I do hate the clean up though. I love art and spent lots of time with it as a child so I can relate.

Pretend. I like escaping reality for a moment to play pretend with dd. I was ALWAYS playing pretend and using my imagination as a child. We play with dolls or stuffed animals and yes, I give my characters a silly voice and personality. I find it extremely entertaining to hear what sort of plots dd comes up with and how her characters react to the nutty things my characters do or say. I always thought acting would be fun and as a mommy this is about as close it gets. Now that dd is 4 I think we're going to start making movies together too. Something I used to do for fun in the late teen years.
post #206 of 212
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Once they get older though, I think we will have a blast traveling, but not until they can can feed themselves, put themselves to sleep, and wipe their own butts .
Plus, they won't remember any of it now anyway. Wait till they're older and can appreciate it more and will make memories for their adulthood.
post #207 of 212
I don't like kids music- My kids ask for rock n roll!
I also don't like bathtime, i am so thankful ds is old enough to take a shower by himself now and dd likes short baths.

I also hate the park- sooo blah for me now that my kids can do everything. At least when they were younger i could help them out, now i just sit on the bench and read or be bored outta my mind!

Amusement parks- fun, water park- no way. Heights+tubes+stairs+ lots of people in a tiny space= no fun for me, i'll let dh handle that one.

and lastly, homeschooling. I hate school, not good at learning, have no desire to do this whatsoever, however, if for some reason either kid needs out of school i would immediately pull them and have my mom home school (she already said she would )

Love reading this thread!
post #208 of 212
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Originally Posted by FondestBianca View Post

I'm not sure if this exists IRL but I see it on TV and in movies. Those groups where moms sit around in a circle with their babies in their laps singing "the wheels on the bus" while flapping their babies arms around to the beat of the song. GAG! I love to sing and be silly with my kids but, that scenerio erks me.
They exist. We've done it. Thankfully now my DS refuses to participate in "singing time." A huge relief to me.
post #209 of 212
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My family doesn't know Chuck E. Cheese exists. :
Oh how I wish. Dh insists on taking dd there all the time. I don't see the point. If we had saved all the money we've wasted going there, playing the same games over and over and eating their awful food, we could have taken a trip to Disney. I love Disney.

I tried a playgroup at the park once but I got sick of listening to the other Moms moan and groan about their lives and planning 'girls nights out' to bars and dance clubs. Not my cup of tea. McDonald's playland was much more up my alley, dd always had someone to play with and I had A/C

I don't do camping. Period. I dislike the beach but dd loves it so I suck it up a few times each summer. I'm also not very sporty, but luckily dd isn't either. I do like doing crafts and cooking with her, playing board games and cards and reading books. The library is our home away from home.
post #210 of 212
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I'm not sure if this exists IRL but I see it on TV and in movies. Those groups where moms sit around in a circle with their babies in their laps singing "the wheels on the bus" while flapping their babies arms around to the beat of the song. GAG! I love to sing and be silly with my kids but, that scenerio erks me.
We do this. Mainly Music, it's called here and it's very common - mothers, the odd father, plenty of grandparents and nannies take their kids.

I hate it a lot less than I expected to, actually. It's fun ogling the other babies and it makes me feel like a Real Mother, because I'm pretty slack about playdates/going to the park/swimming lessons/baby ballet/all those other enrichment activities cool mothers do. Mostly I just hate having to get out of bed, get ready and walk there by 9:30AM. Oh, and remembering to have the $3 cash it costs per week (including morning tea, so by no means a ripoff, I just don't tend to carry cash).
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post #212 of 212
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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post
We do this. Mainly Music, it's called here and it's very common - mothers, the odd father, plenty of grandparents and nannies take their kids.

I hate it a lot less than I expected to, actually. It's fun ogling the other babies and it makes me feel like a Real Mother, because I'm pretty slack about playdates/going to the park/swimming lessons/baby ballet/all those other enrichment activities cool mothers do. Mostly I just hate having to get out of bed, get ready and walk there by 9:30AM. Oh, and remembering to have the $3 cash it costs per week (including morning tea, so by no means a ripoff, I just don't tend to carry cash).
NZD $3, not USD (at least not when we last went in June before going overseas) . But our Mainly Music wasn't the sort of sit around in a circle with the baby in your lap, moving babies arms to music. I know that because that (the circle-type) is the ONLY sort of get-together/class/playgroup thing we can find where we live now, in Sweden. We sit around in a circle, the leader is sitting in the cricle to, we sing, no background music, only get up to dance around with baby in arms at the end (babies are 10 month-19 months old). But afterwards theres morning tea, and then a lovely play room, which is worth it to us (There aren't a lot of SAHMs around here).

Mainly Music was much more open; a large room, no circle, a lot of up and dancing to music, playing with instruments, scarves, parachutes, having theme days with dress-up, photos etc. Kids of varying ages from newborns to 5-yos - so someone to look up to for the little ones. Lots and lots of props the kids got to hold, play-acting. Background music and the leaders wore headset mics. An overhead projector showing the lyrics. New cool songs introduced. And only pay when you are there, don't have to pay per term. Visitors welcome.
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