All Hands on Deck

The past couple of weeks have been very busy. Probably just as well, or I might well be wallowing in some kind of odd depression regarding the boys behaviour, his speech problems, lack of willing to go to school and the impact that Local Government cuts may well have on my future.

However, some fab things have happened, I got to visit the Sanctuary Spa, thanks to Kelloggs. I also went to see Love Story at the Theatre (more of which to come), but best of all I got to look after my gorgeous little niece for a whole day. She was a joy to look after and made my hormones ache, just a tiny bit.

One of the best things I did was to pay for a personal training session to help kick start my running. The idea was to get some tips on how to warm up and cool down. However, we did get some boxing gloves out and do some boxing. Now, I have to admit I absolutely love boxing, before we had kids me and the husband used to have hours of fun swapping the pads and gloves between each other and imagining people to punch. It strikes me though, that this is the time to resurrect this activity. In fact, all mums need to invest in some gloves and pads (and someone to hold the pads). I helped work out all sorts of angst.

But really, how am I going to find the time for a fitness drive coupled with the constant demands of Fifi who seems to want to bake endless cakes and the boy who now has a penchant for building Duplo spaceships? Things need to change.

It’s time for everyone to pull their weight. Yes, the children did help the other day by helping to load the washing machine. The addition of a balloon (yes, you have read that correctly) was like a stroke of genius because it means that I don’t need to test that particular brand for safety and long lasting purposes again. However, I need to resurrect ‘bob work’ for the children. Based on Bob the Builder phrases this generally involves them going about with a duster and picking up their toys. It’s totally ineffectual but it keeps them from under my feet. For the husband there are other plans. Mainly involving teaching him how to iron his shirts quickly and efficiently, these will draw upon all of his ninja skills. Perhaps. What do you get your husband to do in terms of helping about the house? Any ideas are welcome here.


4 Responses

  1. TheMadHouse 25th January 2011 / 10:50 am

    I am a great beliver in making the children pull their weight. Mine have got out of the habit and I need to retrain them!

  2. The Princess Poet 25th January 2011 / 10:52 am

    Hi there! I just discovered your blog! I was searching for UK mummy bloggers &amp; there you were! I do love your blog! <br /><br />To answer your question, My hubby does MOST of the housework purely coz this pregnancy is whooping my a*se! I still cook dinner occasionally. I don&#39;t know how our division of labour will change once this lil&#39; bean arrives, we&#39;ll see!

  3. Alex 25th January 2011 / 11:10 am

    I seem to child wrangle while you do the chores without 2 small children under your feet. Since I don&#39;t get much time with them during the week, I&#39;m happy to do it but it doesn&#39;t seem a fair apportionment of the chores.

  4. Metropolitan Mum 25th January 2011 / 1:17 pm

    My husband buys his way out of it wherever he can. Usually he doesn&#39;t do much of the cooking, unless I have a little meltdown, after which it&#39;s getting better for about four weeks or so. And then I have another little meltdown…

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