It works a bit like good cop/bad cop. If your children catch you being good mummy every day they'll expect it, whereas if you slip form time to time and go watch QVC in the bedroom they'll be delighted with you when you return to being good mummy and play with them. Either way you still feel guilty if you're not playing UNO, Scrabble or Hangman ( all EAGs so therefore OK ) non-stop when they're ill off school. I'm waiting for the Times Supplement research that reassures me that all children require at least 2 hours TV a day if they are to grow up well adjusted and socially acceptable.
( EAG = Educationally Acceptable Game - don'y you just hate TLAs ??)
(TLA = three letter abbreviation )
Sunday, 25 February 2007
It's always nerve wracking having time to yourself to do something rather lovely that you've been looking forward to. You know you're always going to have to 'pay' for it in some way or other. As I turned the corner in the car and approached our house, I fantasised about what it might be like to drive past and keep on going. Of course that's not an option so I dutifully pulled up outside the house and wondered what fresh new hell awaited me inside. Actually it wasn't as bad as I'd anticipated but it didn't take long to get sucked back into domesticity, another wash on , what's for tea , have you done your homework yet ? Same old , same old.