I did write a post three weeks ago about the COVID-19 situation and didn't get round to posting it THANK GOODNESS because everything I wrote has since gone out of the window!!
I had grand plans of doing Joe Wicks PE every day and scheduling time to sit down with Martin to draw and write. Even thought I'd do a spot of decorating!!!
He lasted 3 minutes with Joe Wicks
I've been a single Mam for over a year now and I've exhausted myself trying to make sure Martin has the best possible life. I've scrimped and saved to take him to Centerparcs, planned outings to fun places around the North East. When December rolled around I had a Christmas activity booked every week!
One of our many Santa Visits.
You see, we see all these places on Facebook and Instagram and see everybody having a wonderful time and feel under pressure to go and do the same. I don't want Martin to miss out on anything just because I'm a single parent so I push myself to take him places even when they make me anxious.
But here's the thing...
One morning last week Martin turned round to and said "Mammy I had the best day yesterday".
We'd been for a walk up Hill 60, blown bubbles in the garden and watched a Disney film on the afternoon.
All simple activities, all of them free! And he said he just likes being with Mammy all the time.
So there's lots of things I intend to do differently post-lockdown such as shopping at my local butchers and greengrocers etc. but I'm also going to put much less pressure on myself to find new and exciting things for Martin to do. We've started a list of places he wants to go when we're allowed and so far it's...
1. Pizza Hut (more for the ice cream machine than the pizza!)
2. The Tea Junction (for cake)
3. Have a pancake party at home (he must have enjoyed pancake day!)
Pancake Day 2020
So with the exception of Centerparcs these are all quite simple things! We have definitely had more screen time than I would have liked during this time but we've also had a walk in the fresh air every single day which wouldn't normally happen so I figure it's all about balance.
What will you do different post-lockdown? Let me know in the comments!