Sunday, 18 December 2011
So how did I do?
Let's compare my performance at the start of the term, a mere ten or so weeks ago, with the final week of term.
Then: packed lunches made the night before school, containing a variety of home-made delicacies such as pesto pinwheels and scotch eggs, two pieces of fruit and a pot of natural yoghurt, lovingly decanted into a miniature Tupperware and drizzled with honey.
Now: packed lunches hurled into boxes at 8.15 each morning whilst I scream randomly about who's eaten all the fruit, eventually defaulting to hyperactive fromage frais, a packet of crisps and a jam sandwich made with the end slices no-one wants to eat.
Then: a leisurely walk to the bus stop, pausing every now and then to comment on a snail-shell, the view or to greet elderly neighbours.
Now: a frantic race up the hill, bellowing at the children to KEEP MOVING!, inadvertently stepping on said snails and glaring at elderly neighbours who attempt conversation.
Then: clean white polo shirt every day, knife-creases ironed into shirt and trousers and school sweatshirt carefully pressed. Uniform laid out before bed each night, ready for the next day.
Now: shirts in varying shades of grey, nothing ironed and sweatshirt mishapen thanks to a run-in with the hottest setting of the tumble dryer. Uniform balled up and thrown on the floor each night, ready for the next day.
Then: no television until after all homework has been finished, supper has been eaten and children are ready for bed.
Now: CBeebies timed to switch on approximately thirty seconds after arrival home from school.
Have you done any better?
Monday, 12 December 2011
A while ago I wrote about Naked Beans Night - the family tradition I started by accident when my children were babies. Recently I was invited to share my tale with the listeners of CBC Radio, Canada's national public broadcaster, as a guest on a programme about the lessons children learn by accident.
I duly ensconced myself in a sound-proofed broom cupboard at BBC Oxford to record the segment, only slightly put off my stride by the BBC van which had reversed into my car just minutes earlier.
All DNTO episodes are available as podcasts on the station website, or as free podcast downloads from iTunes. The Accidental Parenting episode is packed with stories from parents and children, interspersed with a great play list. To hear my segment of the show, press play below.
Naked Beans Night: Emily Carlisle discusses accidental parenting on CBC Radio by EmilyCarlisle