Summer is well and truly here, well, most of the time when it?s not raining. The kids have broken up from school, the garden is littered with toys and day trips are scribbled on the calendar. Even though I home school I still look forward to the summer holidays and make plans as if my lot were still in school. It is a habit that is hard to break. We have a few things planned like a day trip to the beach, a family meal booked and as official Camp Bestival bloggers we are spending this weekend at the festival. As I write this, my camping gear is cram packed and I am itching with excitement to get there.
We don?t have to rely on sunny weather to enjoy a good day out during the holidays as Sabina from ?Mummy Matters? shows us that she is determined not to let a drop of rain ruin summer. I love how much fun they are all having jumping in puddles in the rain. Check out her video at the end, it is so cute.
As I was reading through all your school holiday posts I stumbled across a lovely post written by Jim from ?OneDadOneBlog? who tells us what kind of Dad he is to his two kids. I just had to share it with you all because it just made me smile. I love that he?
will always neglect the chores if it means playing dinosaurs, dancing or painting nails with my little ones.
Such a gorgeous post with lovely photo?s and every word oozes fun, love and laughter.
Moving on to a post that had me nodding in understanding all the way through is from ?Tattooed Mummy? as she describes her feelings about her baby growing up and how she still thinks of her as an eight year old, not a grown up sixteen year old. I think a lot of us can relate to this. My eldest three are now in their twenties, but my baby is 15 and I do struggle to stand back and let her grow up. I wish they were all babies again.
I read a post this week about being judged as a single parent from ?Gemma The Family Girl? and it had me thinking of my Mum who was a single Mum during the 80?s and 90?s. I?ll be totally honest by telling you that it didn?t make any difference to us kids if my Mum was single or married, our lifestyle didn?t change at all. My mother achieved so much on her own like building her own house, getting her degree, working full time and raising six kids. So as you can imagine a pet hate of mine is people who make negative assumptions about single parents. My mum always told me that she achieved much more in her life when she was on her own, so what difference does it make and why should people judge.
Unfortunately parents are judged no matter what their situation is and I have written about it myself in the past. Live and let live is my motto. I think that we all make certain parenting choices because of who we are and where we come from and what we have learnt through our own life experiences. I really enjoyed reading Sarah?s post from ?Grenglish? about her views on parents who judge other parents. I think she gets it spot on when she says?
None of us are perfect, but we are all doing the best we can with what we know.
So on that note, I?ll leave you to get on with enjoying the rest of your summer. The lovely Mich is back next month and I will see you again in October.
Lots of Love,
Mama Syder x
About Emma Syder
Mama Syder is a 44 year old married Mum of four and a Grandmother to one from Essex, who has been blogging over at ‘The syders’ for seven years. A thrifty Mama, she lives a simple lifestyle while growing her own vegetables, homeschooling, sewing, crocheting and enjoying the small things in life.