I wrote a post the other day about how to survive the heatwave. They were practical tips and have been useful but what I did not envisage was my children turning into monsters as soon as the mercury went over 21.
Here are the six ways I have witnessed my children change over the last few days …
1. Sleep – don’t be ridiculous, not in this heat mother. Neither will nap (and if they do not for long) and the toddler is impossible to get to bed at night – maybe she knows I have a cool seat in the garden and a G&T waiting?! Whatever she knows it’s becoming impossible to get her to sleep before 9pm
2. I suddenly have a teenager – my toddler has turned into a diva, lots of no’s, running away from me, not cooperating on any task. She’s changed – please return my cooler weather toddler
3. Eating – neither appear to want to eat in this heat which probably explains the no sleep / attitude
4. Crying – both are crying so much more than normal (as am I)! If I dare leave their sides cue tears. This is fairly hard when two are involved
5. Mess – why does the heat mean every single toy has to be used and left out? I’m pretty sure they’re bored of the house but dragging them round a hot park doesn’t feel like fun, when does pre-school start again? Also who knew we had SO many outdoor toys, my husband spends most of the night putting them away while I try and persuade a toddler to go to sleep
6. Rising when the sun does – why oh why does the sun rise so early? They both have double black out blinds, how do they know it’s morning and seriously the birds, WHY ARE THEY SO LOUD?
As you can maybe sense, I am finding the heatwave a challenge. I’m all for this lovely weather but I have decided that I need; a pool and air conditioning (that’s not too much to ask is it)?
There have been some lovely moments though, like playing in the paddling pool and BBQ’s but it just needs to be a few degrees cooler – we Brits just aren’t set up for this heat are we!
All that’s left to say is that I’m sorry if my post lulled you into a false sense of security, I thought I had it nailed to be honest. I realise now that although you can prepare / change things up to make the heat more bearable for them it doesn’t mean they’ll enjoy it / not be a bit grumpy in the heat.
Now, when’s it going to cool down? I’d like my children back please.
How are you finding the heatwave? Have you children turned into crazy littles?
p.s. pass me the gin…