“Can I have a biscuit please Mum”
“…ok just one though as it’s supper time soon”
“Can I play on the Xbox please Mum?”
“…you’ve already had half an hour today, you can have another half then you’re done”
“…can we make it another hour?”
“I’m turning your lights out in ten minutes so please get into bed and have a read”
And get this one …. “You’ve been so helpful this week with the animals that I’m going to give you £10 instead of £5 for your pocket money”
“….£15?” (I went straight back to £5 on that one and there I stuck!!)
Negotiation skills like this are immensely useful when an adult … NOT at 9 and 10! They make me laugh though they really do (but don’t tell them that!!).
The Easter holidays seem particularly rife with negotiations, you should have seen their faces when I said that no screens will be allowed whilst we are in Cornwall over Easter. You’d have thought I said no chocolate eggs this year, or even worse no food!
Of course they played every card they could and we eventually agreed on iPods for music on the way down, but I think I’ll make a playlist for us all to share. I know those little people of mine, they will battle to play games and have eyes down the entire way instead of playing I Spy, the Alphabet Game (spying letters of the alphabet in alphabetical order on number plates) or Guess that Tune, Movie, Book or whatever else I can come up with – feel free to share your ideas below!!
So, with the Easter holidays in full swing, as per usual we are doing our best to cram everything in!
My daughter and I are trying to get down to the stables as much as we can as I am back in the saddle these days after years of not and she’s loving pony club. It’s something I always yearned to do as a child but wasn’t able to so I’m thrilled she can.
Myles has mastered cooking “donut French toast” for breakfast (he’s suddenly a budding cook, which I love!!) and yesterday planted his Easter Garden … I hope the grass seed comes to life soon (I’ll be getting Richard Jackson’s Flower Power on that methinks!).
They have also renovated the greenhouse and renamed it their “cottage”, we’ve had about four different sleepovers and quite honestly, by the time we get down to St Ives, I think I’ll need to put my feet up, although I might give the boogie board a go!
I hope you are enjoying this Easter period and if you have any great car journey games, please feel free to share!!