Every month I have decided to pop up a post all about my two. It only seems fitting considering this is a parenting blog. It’s rare that I blog about G and H specifically. I blog about how hard I find parenting and the struggles […]
Andy founded Weekend Box after looking for gift ideas for his four nieces and nephews: nothing seemed to embody the mix of healthy living, green and creative content that he feel is so important to child development so he quit his job and launched Weekend Box – the rest is history!
Everything you need for a weekend of fun activities with your children is delivered directly to your door. The hard part’s done. All you need to do is enjoy time with your children.
The weekend box have now partnered up with Snazaroo. If you have not heard of them they are considered by many as the “world’s favourite face paint”. Snazaroo are also sellers of face painting accessories and kits, from all different styles, colours and themes.
This is the second weekend box I’ve received and I have to admit, it’s just as good as the first. This time the contents included were some samples of the new Snazaroo face painting sets.
Both G and H love face paints so they were really eager to get stuck in and use them. I have to admit, I’m a face painting novice and we very rarely have it at home. We take full advantage of it when we are out and about at fetes, carnivals, parties. We have a huge collection of face painting pictures to cherish of faces made of of butterflies, lions, tigers, cats and many more.
I tested these particular paints out on H as G would not cooperate. H wanted a dinosaur but my artistic skills would not stretch that far. So we went for the trusty tiger instead. We both really enjoyed doing this together. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the paint went on, and how easy it was. I liked the thickness of the paints. The other brands I have used at home have always been weak in colour and not vibrant but the Snazaroo paints are full of colour and went onto the skin really well. I was impressed with the final outcome and H was a very happy friendly tiger!
Snazaroo face paints are fragrance-free and specially-formulated to be gentle on the skin. They do recommend that before you start, you swipe a small test area on the inside of the arm or elbow.
**I was sent a free weekend box for the purpose of this review**
On Friday, G and H received their yearly reports. Now, I am not sure about all schools, but we get a termly report along with our parents evening. Where they are expected to be and a mention of how they are doing that term. The end of year report is more in depth and its something I really look forward to reading. I love to know on a whole scale of what my children are capable of and I think its a real insight of how other people perceive them.
This year G has had major confidence issues. So much so she has been taken out of class to have confidence boosting session once a week. It pains me that she lacks it and I am really working hard with her teachers and assistants to push her to really break down the barrier and make her as confident as she can be. I have noticed a huge change in G and I am so grateful that the teachers took the time and effort to help her, and it shows as her teacher even stated it in her report, her confidence has really grown this year.
I am so so proud of G this year. She has done amazingly and I just can’t put it into words how impressed I am at how she has progressed at school. Her teacher said she is a friendly, caring, thoughtful girl who always behaves impeccably. This makes my heart literally burst. She always gives her best to learning. I couldn’t ask for anything more. I have always told her to try her best and her report was full of praise at her trying and succeeding. I don’t think she realises just how proud of her I am.
H has had a pretty bad year. Not him personally but just as a whole. At the start of the year he had a new teacher who unfortunalty only lasted 3 weeks. So with a supply teacher bought in, we finally felt like we had some kind of consistency. Until we were told she was actually leaving at Christmas. So January saw us with another new teacher. Luckily she has worked wonders and has managed to stick out the rest of the year. Unfortunately she won’t be staying on at the school, which is a real shame as she really is a lovely teacher and H has taken a huge liking to her.
I don’t think I managed the first sentence without tearing up, he is a quiet, shy, gentle child. You know then that its going to be a hard report to read. I have worried about H from day one of starting school. He is a sensitive little soul. Like his sister he lacks the confidence to really throw himself into it. He worries about making mistakes, I think he takes after his daddy. He is going to be a boy who aims for perfection, even though thats a good thing I worry that it could put him behind. At the moment he is sitting right where he should be.
The end of the report literally had me wiping away the tears, well done H, I know that you tend to worry about making mistakes, but remember mistakes are how we learn. Be brave and have a go. I am not sure why that got me, but I fully get why she wrote it. I think its also because I know how much H likes his teacher and I know she won’t be there to see him progress and see how she made a huge impact on him.
The end of the report has a little mention from the headteacher and G’s was basically about how much her confidence has grown and how proud she was of G for doing so well. H’s again was a tear jerking moment. Everyone comments on his big smile. How lovely it is; H, your little shy smile that you have always puts a smile on my face. This was just wonderful to read.
When I read such lovely things about two humans I have bought up and raising, I think maybe I am good at this parenting business. Maybe, just maybe I can do it, because, you know I always have doubts I am pretty rubbish. But at the moment, after reading both G and H’s reports I am thinking, this is the job for me, this is what I am good at.
Every month I have decided to pop up a post all about my two. It only seems fitting considering this is a parenting blog. It’s rare that I blog about G and H specifically. I blog about how hard I find parenting and the struggles that come along with it, but not individually on how they are doing. I used to do updates every few months on how each were doing but I’ve decided to do it slightly different with how I go about the blog post. Monthly posts I feel will work better, and it’s a prompt for me to take more photos. Which is what I am lacking lately!
April has been a funny old month. We have spent quite a bit if time together as a family, thanking the Easter holidays for this. We made sure we made the most of the glorious weather and got out quite a bit. It meant i was able to take some photos of my two together.
This month G has managed to become Star of the week at school. She moved up in her swimming class and she also received a few extra awards school for her writing work. Academically this girl tries her best at everything. We know the subjects she struggles in and we work with her teacher to try and push and it has really shown. Her confidence since moving up to juniors has sky rocketed and she makes me so proud.
H has done just as well in school. He has taken a real liking to reading and constantly has his school book to hand. He loves to read with me and over the past few weeks I have seen a huge improvement. It has definitely paid off. As soon after the Easter break he was moved up to the next reading level at school. I worry about H academically, he isn’t as quick as G and rather lazy when it comes to writing and school work. After having a chat with his teacher at the end of term I feel much more confident that he does actually knuckle down at school.
In February I mentioned about the sleeping routine and how it had basically gone to pot. We decided to put both G and H to bed a little later of an evening and its actually worked really well. We don’t have them messing around in each others rooms. The extra hour they are awake we use as wind down. They watch TV with us or if the weather is nice they get to play in the garden a little longer. Its working really well and so far we have had a much better bedtime routine.
With half the month being the Easter holidays we met up with friends and family. We had a few play dates and G had a few sleepovers. As a family, we managed to spend some quality time together which was lovely.
We have had a few sickness this month. H had a virus which resulted in a rash and the odd sickness spell. G had a terrible cough which seemed to last for days. It wasn’t fun and I ended up making a mad dash to the pharmacy to get supplies!
I have loved watching these two in April. They have been a complete and utter joy to watch.