Head to the market

Our little ones should definitely be exposed to everything a traditional market has to offer every now and again. The sights and sounds and smells of a market are so incredible for our minis to experience. Like the cries from the fruit and veg stall holder, the sight of the fish displayed on ice, the strings of sausages, the smell of the fresh flowers . There’s something quite magical about the whole market set up, for adults too. I love the hustle and bustle of it all and to see and hear all the transactions and human interaction going on. I explain to my two that this was how everyone used to shop. We’re observing history in a way. Take your kids, while you still can! Enjoy x

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Take ’em’ for a pick and mix !

I never said we were perfect!!!! Of course, we have sweeties and watch TV and play on iPads here. We just do the ‘slow stuff’ too. This particular ‘slowie’ ticks all boxes. Naughty, nice and slow too ! And a perfect ‘slowie’ when you’re 3 years old! Just scooping and choosing and deliberating can take a good half an hour. And the best bits, definitely the scooping, definitely getting to hold the bag and definitely taking it to get weighed. Oh and the jazzies, white mice, dolly mixtures, pink shrimps and cola bottles! Awesome. I used to love the pick & mix stand at my local Woolworths as a kid. The old ones are still the best ones!

What’s the time Mr Wolf?

One of the mums at drop off was playing this classic game with her little girl this morning and I couldn’t help but smile. Definitely ‘slow mum material’ I thought to myself so I made a mental note to write about it this evening. It’s a wonderful little game, amazingly exciting to play, so simple to set up and a delight to teach. It’s nothing short of genius!! If you haven’t got a clue what I’m going on about, here’s the lowdown. ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf’, ‘Grandma’s footsteps’, ‘123 Piano’ and ‘What time is it Mr Fox’, is a form of tag. One player is chosen to be Mr Wolf. Mr Wolf stands at one end of the playground or hall and everyone else at the other end. Mr Wolf turns his back on the crowd who then shout in unison “What’s the time, Mr Wolf?”, and Mr Wolf will answer with a clock time  (e.g., “3 o’clock”). The other players will then take that many steps forward, counting as they go (“One, two, three”). Then they ask the question again. Finally Mr Wolf will shout out “Dinner Time!” and Mr Wolf will turn and chase the other players back to their starting point. If Mr Wolf successfully tags a player, that player becomes the new Mr Wolf for the next round. Awesome. Get ready for the screams (of delight!!!!).

Use glitter just keep it in the kitchen !

There’s glitter in my bed ! Arghhhh! How foolish of slow mummy to allow the glitter out of the kitchen unchecked!! Boy can it travel. One minute the lounge, the next my bed, all care of little brother’s little sock who walked in it all and then went for a good old trampoline ‘sesh’ on my bed. Feels like sandpaper in there now. Thanks kids! I am not amused but hey the ‘glittering’ went down a treat. As ‘slowies’ go, glitter is right up there. Paper CHECK, glue CHECK, glitter CHECK and shake CHECK ! Easy ! Just take my advice, keep it in the kitchen and if you can, on a tray! That’s all. Yours ‘sleeping in an exfoliating bed of delights tonight’ , SM xxxxxx

Play tiddlywinks

I’ve been boring my friends silly for months with all my ramblings on about slow mumming and slow living yet it seems my rambling is not falling on deaf ears. There are slow mums popping up left, right and centre here in South Cambs !  It’s actually got to a point now where my pals will regularly tell me about their slow mum antics, saying things like ‘I was thinking about you this morning  as we were doing wheelbarrow races round the house’ or will text (like today) to say ‘I’m slow mumming , playing tiddlywinks at the mo’. I’m honoured that my mummy friends are  getting into my slow mum ways and today I was hugely inspired too. Thanks mate, tiddlywinks has officially made it into my ‘Games’ section . We had to improvise a bit as we don’t have a set round here but it seems my two are quite happy having a go at flipping play money into a pot. I know what I’m putting on slow mum’s Christmas list next year! You guessed it !!!! Happy flipping !

Build in some quiet time

You can’t go ‘hell for leather’ all the time. We need to build some quiet time into our days for our own sanity too!!! The best place for this I always find is in their rooms but mummy’s bed works well too for chill-axing and sprawling! See if you can’t build in a half hour or so of this a day. It makes for happier slow mummies and daddies I swear on it, and calmer (slightly calmer!!) and more contented children here too. It’s amazing how little children can do if you let them. I love seeing mine just lolling about, thumb in, reading a book or snuggling a pillow . The purpose of quiet time really is that, don’t set them up with anything or suggest things to do, just let them be free. There’s hardly any time for free time these days so embrace this while you can xxxx Enjoy xxxx