The Two Types of Parents
I'm pretty sure all Parents can be divided into two categories. Those who can Pinterest and those who can't. I don't just mean those who can pin nice ideas all day long and then never do them, anyone can do that, hey I do that really well. I mean those people who actually not only pin the idea, but make the idea too, and then actually succeed at it. Yes, they exist.
I am not one of those parents. I'm the parent who can pin nice ideas till the cows come home but on the rare occasion (and I'm talking unicorn sighting rare) I attempt one, i fail, and i fail hard. When those "Pinterest fail" articles became a thing I let out a huge sigh of relief. I was not alone. There are others just like me. I found validation in my parenting that had previously been lacking.
I have been looking forward to the Summer holidays for a while now. Dreaming of long sunny days spent on the beach, roasting marshmallows on a campfire, taking long walks and having daily adventures with my crazy kids. But all the while in the back of my mind there has been this little voice whispering "what if it rains?" and the one I dread even more "what if they want to do craft?"
Rain we can dress for, or if it's really bad we can hide out with a movie and some popcorn. But craft, well there's no amount of "dressing for it" that's going to help this Pinterest fail Parent.
We're just over a week into the holidays and my children have done colouring in once. That's right, one time.I have suggested it to them as an option multiple times, but they have only taken me up on it once. And I feel embarrassed to admit that to you all, but I know why it is, it's because in our house colouring is a DIY activity. A bring your own pens kind of affair. I'm just not a "let's turn this toilet roll into a days worth of entertainment" kind of parent.
So when an invitation to attend one of Wyevale's many Summer Craft events landed in my inbox I let out a little cheer. Someone else wants to do craft with my children? And I don't have to? And there's no tidying up involved either? Sign me up!
All the sessions are Bee themed, and aim to educate children on the importance of Bees. Which was perfectly timed as Oldest got stung by a bee for the first time last week and I needed the kids to get a little refresher on why we do actually like Bees. We chose to attend the session where they were decorating ceramics. The kids got a little heart and decorated it with a lovely bee scene. Except for Youngest, he went for a more "modern art" interpretation of the assignment.
After the session the kids reminded me why Garden Centres are perfect rainy day outings. They were entertained for quite some time looking at all the fish, sitting on all the garden furniture and debating which shed would make the best house.
So if like me, you're a Pinterest fail Parent and need all the help you can get in the craft department, or just fancy letting someone else do the tidying up for once, then a Wyevale craft session might be just what you're looking for. You can find out all about them here. And if you too are in Swansea, you can find out what's on at our local Wyevale here.
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This post was sponsored by Wyevale but the thoughts are my own.