I find some parents can be a bit snobby when it comes to letting their kids watch TV but providing its in moderation then I think cartoons can be great at enriching their imaginations and to give them an opportunity to sit and relax.
Recently my wife discovered a great little site that has lots of free cartoons that you can stream straight to your iPhone or other smart phone which means that you always have something to distract them when out and about.
Big J’s favourite is Transformers Rescue Bots.
As the kids are now in bed I thought I would take this opportunity to do a quick post about my favourite bedtime stories. From an early age I’ve tried to introduce the kids to as many different books as possible, helped enormously by the wife’s huge collection of kids books.
I have to admit I’m quite picky about the books I read them as I hate books with really dark pages and black text as in the low light of the bedroom they are a real pain to read. With that in mind here are some of our favourites that you might wish to try.
(1) The Tiger who Came to Tea
This is arguably one of my favourites, very clear text, simple story and beautiful child like illustrations. My son who is 3 has loved reading this for the last 2 years.
He know’s this book so well he can tell me the story nearly word for word which always impresses me.
(2) Mr McGee Goes to Sea
Mr McGee is from the Australian writer Pamela Allen and its a beautiful little story with very clean pages and a nice rhythm to to the narrative.
The illustrations are quite simple and have a certain retro charm which adds to the character of the book.
(3) The Rascally Cake
This book I only read because Big J kept pestering me to and whilst I was initially put off by the clarity of the text the excellent prose more than makes up for it.
This is a great book for boys as it has all the gruesome stuff that they love as well as great illustrations and a good sense of humour.
Of course it does not matter what book you read to kids as its the act of reading that is most important and nothing settles them for bed better than listening to your voice soothe them to sleep.
There is nothing more beautiful than the face of your son when you tell him that you are going to let him go up in the loft for the first time.
Up until now the loft (or sky parlour) had been a mysterious place where daddy disappeared into with boxes only to come back with dusty objects that he had forgotten he owned. It was also a magical place where at Christmas time you can hear Santa walking around making reindeer noises.
Holding tight to the ladder he climbed up and entered the wooden palace in the roof. His initial words were of awe and amazement which quickly turned to curiosity as to what was in all the boxes.
3 year olds are pretty easy to impress but this was a big day for him and one I’m sure he will remember fondly in the years to come.
Now I just wish I had a house with a basement so I could give him that experience as well.
All you need for this simple tip is a tree or other high platform.
Step 1: Break up the fight
Step 2: Take ‘Child B’ and lift out of the way of ‘child A’ by placing them out of reach
Step 3: Stand back and enjoy the brief peace and quiet