Jodie Alice Fisher https://jodiefisher.co.uk A personal blog from the heart of a young Mum Fri, 29 May 2020 20:03:40 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 98180168 Siblings 2020 – May https://jodiefisher.co.uk/siblings-2020-may/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=siblings-2020-may https://jodiefisher.co.uk/siblings-2020-may/#respond Sun, 31 May 2020 09:00:00 +0000 https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=36529 Another month of the year done and dusted. It’s been an incredibly weird time for everybody. We’ve been homeschooling now for seven full weeks and it genuinely feels odd to say that I think we have settled into this life quite well. I think the coming few weeks are going to be odd for everybody …

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Another month of the year done and dusted. It’s been an incredibly weird time for everybody. We’ve been homeschooling now for seven full weeks and it genuinely feels odd to say that I think we have settled into this life quite well.

I think the coming few weeks are going to be odd for everybody as we adjust back to a new normal pace of life. There’s still lots of change to come and I’m hoping I’ll be able to find that strength to support my girls through it.

Once again, here is our May Siblings post. I hope you enjoy!

Freya

It has been a tricky month for Freya. Not only is this a hard age for hormones and emotions, but she’s also had a lot of changes and life adjustments. We experienced a rough couple of weeks of a literal emotional rollercoaster. At times, she was aggressive and nasty towards her younger sisters and it felt like it would never end. Parenting autism is tough, you want to understand and be accepting of her differences but at the same time, you have to teach them what is right and wrong even if they don’t take it in as a “normal” person can.

Thankfully, the hard few weeks ended during the last week of May and we’ve turned a bit of a corner. I think Freya was missing her friends and routine dreadfully. I changed the way I homeschooled the girls so that we could have one on one time, this helped Freya massively and eventually, her attitude calmed.

With Secondary school on the horizon, Hubby and I took some time to have a big girl chat with Freya. She expressed her want to start wearing makeup that didn’t make her look like a clown. it prompted us to buy her a special hairbrush, her own hairdryer, makeup brushes and some makeup bits. Freya has turned a corner with regards to her care, she’s started to have showers every morning and has put makeup on by herself. She’s getting quite good.

Eva

If lockdown and virtual home learning have taught me anything about Eva, it’s that she is a nightmare to teach. I’ve always known that her attention span is short, but when you are trying to get her focused on a learning activity, it becomes a recipe for disaster. Switching to teaching them individually helped greatly but it’s still such a chore!

Despite being Eva’s new teacher at home, having time as being her mum has been incredibly special for me. When they announced that schools would start to be phased back in, part of me was excited to have some time where it was just her at home. I had four years where it was just Freya, and we’ve had a year of having just Elsa at home but never Eva. We made the decision not to return the girls to school just yet but part of me was still hopeful for some time just us.

In the past few weeks, Hubby has been taking Eva for bike rides. Her personality allows her to strive to always do better, a great quality to have, and so she’s been determined to get stronger on her bike so that she can start to ride to school whenever that time will come. It’s also a lovely bit of bonding time for Hubby and Eva to experience as I can’t go with them because I don’t have my own bike.

Elsa

This youngest baby of mine has sort of kept herself to herself through the lockdown. Elsa has been playing with her sisters of course but a lot of the time she’s just sat playing in her own imagination. I love listening in on her games and wondering what must be going on inside her mind.

 I think Elsa has grown in herself over the past few weeks. She seems much more confident, has started to speak more on her video calls with friends and I’m pretty sure that I blinked and she aged two years!

We did have a few days during the middle part of May where Elsa tested our patience. She seemed to find her attitude voice, most likely copied from Freya and spent every day for a good few days shouting her demands at me. It was sort of funny in an annoying way. It wasn’t long-lived thank goodness and we had our sweet Ellie back.

Sisters

I massively worried that this lockdown would ruin the relationships my daughters had with each other. You can spend too much time in each others company and sibling rivalry is a real thing!

It’s been a huge relief that on the most part, they have all got on well. Of course, there have been the moments that I described earlier where Freya struggled to be kind to her sisters. But it’s been so wonderful to see different bonds form, solid ones and ones where they naturally enjoy each others company.

Freya has been playing more and enjoying playing. Something she felt was a bit of a chore previously. Eva flits between her older and younger sisters effortlessly, she craves the play from Elsa and the chat from Freya. Elsa has the other two wrapped around her little finger.

We have been blessed with glorious sunshine this May which has meant that the girls have spent a lot of time in the garden together. It’s been interesting to see them play without toys, creating role-playing games and splashing about in the pool. I feel very grateful that they have each other for company through this time even the bad moments.

Check out our previous Siblings Project posts here!

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National Geographic Kids Magazine Giveaway! https://jodiefisher.co.uk/national-geographic-kids-magazine-giveaway/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=national-geographic-kids-magazine-giveaway https://jodiefisher.co.uk/national-geographic-kids-magazine-giveaway/#comments Sat, 30 May 2020 07:00:00 +0000 https://jodiefisher.co.uk/?p=37347 We have teamed up with the fantastic National Geographic Kids to tell you about their great new FREE resource – the Home is Good hub.  Available on the National Geographic Kids website, the free online portal is packed full of exciting activities for families and is perfect for lockdown and beyond and offers children the …

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We have teamed up with the fantastic National Geographic Kids to tell you about their great new FREE resource – the Home is Good hub.  Available on the National Geographic Kids website, the free online portal is packed full of exciting activities for families and is perfect for lockdown and beyond and offers children the opportunity to explore the world around them from the comfort of their own home. 

Activities include daily craft challenges, inspiring environment challenges, quizzes, games, cool videos and the chance to discover more about animals. The Home is Good hub has been designed to stimulate curiosity and provide immersive experiences that make any kid feel like an explorer whether they are inside or outside.

To celebrate the Home is Good hub we have teamed up with National Geographic Kids to offer you the chance to win an annual subscription to the monthly magazine – which will be delivered straight to your door.  Nat Geo Kids immerses children in exciting, inspiring and real experiences that ignite their curiosity about the world.

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Disclosure: This post is thanks to National Geographic Kids.

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I Want A Play Room For The Girls https://jodiefisher.co.uk/i-want-a-play-room-for-the-girls/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=i-want-a-play-room-for-the-girls https://jodiefisher.co.uk/i-want-a-play-room-for-the-girls/#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://jodiefisher.co.uk/?p=37334 Parenting has taught me a lot about myself. That I have more patience than I thought I did, that children teach you new things every day and that it is relentless. I’ve also learnt that I hate tripping over and sharing my space with lots of toys. My biggest house goal dream would be to …

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Parenting has taught me a lot about myself. That I have more patience than I thought I did, that children teach you new things every day and that it is relentless. I’ve also learnt that I hate tripping over and sharing my space with lots of toys.

My biggest house goal dream would be to have a dedicated room for all of their wonderful toys to live in. When we moved to our current home nearly three years ago, I was thrilled to have an extra room in our downstairs. We previously had an open plan living and kitchen area and this was the only space for us all to use.

It was important for me that our living room would become an adult-only space with zero toys, so our dining room became a multi-functional playroom and dining area.

Putting all the toys in one spot can help stop you from feeling like your entire house is a glorified soft play or toy shop! I believe that giving your child their own place to play, allows them to be freely creative with no need to put anything away at the end of each day. You can simply shut the door on the chaos.


We are very lucky that our girls have nicely sized bedrooms and an extra space downstairs to fill with toys but I dream of having an extension on our downstairs area. Hopefully, creating a large open plan kitchen with dining space and then to have a separate space specifically for my girls to have as a chill-out zone full of their belongings.

Even by adding a conservatory onto our home, I think it would make a world of difference to our family dynamics. My favourite things to do is dream, draw out plans of our I want to turn our home into the perfect space to raise our family, even things like finding out what adding conservatory costs are all part of the fun in daydreaming.

The idea for my home to be reclaimed, for me to have a more grown-up space in my living room and relax without being surrounded by the clutter of toys brings so much joy to my world. Clutter has the power to stress me out.

But the benefits for my daughters to have a space they could personalise and design just for them. A place they can hide away in after school and let their imaginations run wild. It would be a dream come true!

 

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A Book To Talk About The Situation With Young Children https://jodiefisher.co.uk/time-to-come-in-bear-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=time-to-come-in-bear-review https://jodiefisher.co.uk/time-to-come-in-bear-review/#respond Wed, 27 May 2020 09:00:00 +0000 https://jodiefisher.co.uk/?p=37298 Without a doubt life has been crazy over the past few months. It has been an incredibly tough journey for everybody. Like most parents, we’ve tried our best to shield our children from the sheer scariness of what’s happening beyond the safety of our home. I caught Elsa, my five year old, playing an imaginative …

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Without a doubt life has been crazy over the past few months. It has been an incredibly tough journey for everybody.

Like most parents, we’ve tried our best to shield our children from the sheer scariness of what’s happening beyond the safety of our home.

I caught Elsa, my five year old, playing an imaginative game. I listened in and soon realised that she was trying to make an experiment to test if the big C word was still in the world. I had no idea just how much my girls were taking in despite my efforts to protect them.

I suppose it’s inevitable that children will notice the changes. They’ve been at home for weeks, probably doing home learning and spending way too much time in their own homes.

Finding the right way to talk about the pandemic with a small child is tricky. I want them to be informed without being terrified. I was really thrilled when Biteable contacted me and shared a new book that gently explains the current situation.

The book is called Time To Come Out Bear. The book is based upon a popular video created by Kim St. Lawrence using Biteable, the world’s simplest video maker.

The video creation platform allows you to make a video from scratch using their library of animations and footage. It’s an easy to use platform.

I took a quick read of Time To Come In Bear, to make sure it was suitable for my girls. It absolutely blew me away and I immediately wanted to shout about it for the world to hear.

It’s a book about social distancing and the pandemic. It uses language that’s easy to understand for a small child, it’s engaging with quick sentences. The pictures are fun, bright and engaging.

It makes you feel instantly at peace with what is going on and it captured my heart. I understand that might sound weird when describing a children’s book, but it truly made me feel very emotional.

The book is quite pricey, costing $19.99 (USD) and includes free shipping to anywhere in the world. However, the proceeds raised from the sale of the book go to the WHO COVID-19 response fund. So it’s being sold for a really important cause.

They have created a video of Time To Come In Bear which you can watch with your child too.

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. The book was gifted.

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