Games and bedtime stories

I’ve had a very productive day today; my self assessment tax return has been submitted at last, I’ve sent my second psychology assignment to my tutor and I’ve been out on one of my walks getting some exercise and fresh air.  It was lovely to see the sunshine  and blue sky, but the air felt bitterly cold against my face. 
The girls have been very patient with me today with all the tasks I had to do.  Every time I tried to do something they would appear by my side and cry if I said I didn’t have the time to play.  They just wanted my attention, so I decided to get out their colouring books and start colouring in.  Within seconds the crying stopped and they joined in happily with mummy
Just before the girls’ bedtime, my eldest asked if we could play a game she’d made up called ‘hide and find’, which is a bit like hide and seek but one of you hides an item instead and the rest of you have to find it (in our game it was a drink mat).  We had several goes each and laughed so much at the places that the mat was hidden.  The best part of the game was towards the end when my youngest daughter decided to tell us where it was before we started looking.  We were in stitches. 
They went to bed tonight like little angels, doing everything I said including tidying their room, cleaning their teeth and listening to the stories so nicely.  Bedtime stories has got to be one of my favourite times of the day now.  I’ve always done it since they were babies but through the years it’s felt rushed as there are so many things to do afterwards (i.e. you know you can’t possible start your evening until they are in bed).  Recently however, I’ve started to read slower and savour the words, more so than ever before.  I don’t know why, it just feels so special. 
 My tip:  Try some of the simple but fun games that you used to play when you were little, like hide and seek, making up songs , chinese whispers etc.   
If we play any more fun games I’ll add to this blog….
Until next time…

About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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