Mother’s Day Our Way

mother's day, Lucy White Photography, Nicki CawoodMother’s Day means different things to different people. Our family doesn’t do St Valentine’s Day as a rule but Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are big hitters for us. Also Chinese New Year but then who doesn’t love a Chinese fakeaway meal and watching the family struggle with chopsticks? We don’t go OTT but always have some fun. At the end of the day MD is just one day as we try to teach the boys to be kind and considerate all year round, to everyone. That said, I’m not above being treated like a queen for a day.

Anyhow, this piece is all about the different types of Mother’s Day traditions we’ve enjoyed over the years.

Yes I Have a Mother’s Day Lie In

I am a natural early riser. 4am natural. Ok, that’s not natural or normal at all but that’s just me. I get up, come down, work if it’s a work day, read or browse or watch something if it isn’t. That works well for me until about 8am when sometimes I’d just like to crawl back into bed for a bit. Not so much to sleep but to chill and lie down, so that’s what I do on Mother’s Day.

I get up and enjoy a few quality hours all to myself while I can then go back up for a lie in. Last year I binge-watched Grey’s Anatomy for a few hours, the year before I enjoyed a book in peace. This year? Who knows!?

It Depends on the Weather

We like to go out on Mother’s Day but it depends on the weather. At the end of March it could be snowy or a heatwave, so we try not to plan too far in advance. If we do go out for the day it’s a cheap and cheerful experience. We either opt for a fab local walk (about 4 miles or so) or head up to Dalby Forest for a Forestry Commission walk. You pay by car and all of that money goes to preserving the walkways and maintaining the forest so we don’t mind the small contribution at all!

If it’s raining we go for a PJ day, board games (we’re D&D players or go for a board game such as Pandemic), movies and just generally all hanging around together. Roy and the boys take it in turns to bring me food and drinks. It works well for me.

Food, Glorious Food

I’m a big fan of food. I’ve never met a menu I don’t like and yet thanks to diabetes and IBS I have to be super careful about what I eat. This means no slabs of festive cake or similar. Roy and the boys have been fantastic at making super healthy yet super tasty treats for me. I love that they make the extra effort without thinking about it (all year, not just on Mother’s Day). Taylor has decided that when we move in April he is going to grow me lots of tomatoes and veggies for my special salads. I can have the odd sweet treat though, and they usually find me something!

Mother’s Day Gifts and Things

We do not go mad on gifts and treats at Mother’s Day. I usually get something homemade from the boys, Taylor’s made at school and Kieran’s something Star-Trek related that he’s drawn for me (we are such geeks). The boys do like to buy me something though so Roy usually takes them to Card Factory in town or similar so that they can spend a just a few pounds on a few fab and cute gifts and treats for me. They are always so proud of themselves when they watch me make a big deal of opening them up. I love it!

If Mother’s Day is a thing in your house, what do you do? Do you splash out on big gifts, do you enjoy breakfast made/burnt by your eager children or is it an opportunity to do something quirky? I’d love to hear!

When Your Child Wants To Work In Theatre

When Your Child Wants To Work In Theatre

One of my sons has a flair for the dramatic and I’m sure he’d love to work in theatre. The thought of a nine to five job would send my child to sleep. What about your children? Does he or she dread the idea of sitting at a desk and staring at the computer all day long? There are a lot of people who feel this way. Instead, they want a job offering excitement and a great thrill. The world of theatre definitely provides this. Nonetheless, you will need the correct training if you are to make it in this competitive industry, and therefore selecting one of the best theatre schools is of paramount importance.

Starting early is important. My youngest attended a local drama group class for a year and loved it. It was clear to see that some of those who had been going for a few years already were obviously well suited for work in theatre, or at least that they had the skill and confidence.

Courses Available – First and foremost, you need to take a look at the courses that are available. After all, there is no point going to a theatre school if it does not have the course your child wishes to embark on. Don’t make the mistake many do by simply reading the name of the course. Take a look at the curriculum and what your child will be learning on a yearly basis. All areas should be covered – i.e. acting, singing, and dancing.

Eligibility Criteria – You need to discover what you will need in order to be accepted on the course in question. After all, you will need to see what qualifications your child needs. This impacts the school you send your child too. The best schools, like LeicesterHigh.com, will ensure your child plots out the perfect career path. Nevertheless, it is worth pointing out that a lot of theatre schools accept candidates based on auditions.

Cost – The cost of your course is obviously important, as you will need to make sure it is something you can afford. This point is different for each person. After all, there are those that will be entitled to grants and loans, whereas others may need to fund their theatre course themselves. Furthermore, you should also try and factor in other costs, such as travel.

Level of Experience – It is vital to go for a school that has been set up for a considerable amount of time. In most instances, going for a school that has just been set up is not recommended. After all, how do you know that they are going to provide your child with a worthwhile education when you have nothing to go off?

Tutors Teaching on the Course – Make sure you take a look at the tutors who will be teaching on the course. Do a quick search online to discover their credentials. After all, you want to be sure your child is going to be learning from someone with a lot of experience and a successful history in the industry, especially if the end goal is to work in theatre.

Reputation – Finally, you should read reviews that have been left by those who have already attended the theatre school you are considering. It will be even more beneficial if you can find reviews that have been left by those who have already taken your course. This is the best way to get an honest assessment of the school in question. Nonetheless, consider the reviews as a whole, don’t be blinded by one.

While my son would probably love to work in theatre, he decided to go down another route and therefore we didn’t formalise his training or take it further. If we had though, Roy and I would certainly have had to do our due diligence and ensure that whatever courses, or whatever schools we looked at offered well-rounded study and that they would be places that he would be happy. It’s amazing how opportunities are open for our children these days, enabling them to build skills and even grow careers at a much earlier age than we ever could.

 

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