Being a parent is a tough gig at times, we want our children to explore, have fun and get outdoors. But, we also want to keep them safe, not to come to any harm and definitely have no tears. But these don’t always go hand in hand…
As a family we love to go outdoors, there is noting better than getting out, breathing in that fresh air, exploring the place that we live in and having fun. I want my children to climb trees, to run and jump, to climb to the top of climbing frame and feel that sense of achievement. But, I am also that mum at the bottom saying be careful, don’t go too high. I know as a child I wanted to do all these things and I battle with myself all the time.
There is always going to be times when they fall and hurt themselves, that is just the nature of being a child. Alice has been given the nickname ‘Miss Bump’ at school because she had a really nasty fall and one of the worst grazes in her life. It broke my heart when I saw her, knowing that it wasn’t me that wiped away the tears and made it all better. We are lucky that she has wonderful teachers and they looked after her and drew smiley faces on the plasters on her knees. Always a winner!
I don’t want them to be walking around on egg shells or scared to go on their scooter in case they fall off. Kids have to be kids, its all part of growing up. And yes they will fall, a lot. Most of the time it is the smallest cut ever, not that you would think it with the complaining that it hurts and the begging for a plaster.
Please tell me that my children aren’t the only ones that are obsessed with plasters? They love them and if one of the girls genuinely need a plaster, I end up having to give the other one too just for some peace.
When my girls hurt themselves, I try not to pander to it. Most of the time its a case of dusting them down, giving them a kiss and sending them back to whatever they are doing. They quickly move on from it.
If they have really hurt themselves, then we have a peppa pig bruise soother that I keep in the fridge. It is a soothing gel pack for little bumps and bruises and usually after Nurse Peppa has done her magic, the tears have gone.
Of course there are then the times that plasters are needed and as I mentioned before sometimes even when they are not really needed! Thankfully Elastoplast have some lovely designs on their plasters, that my girls love. Choosing which plaster to have can take a while and normally helps to calm them down. So, by the time I’m putting the plaster on the tears have gone.
I must admit these plasters are so much more exciting than the ones I had when I was child. I’ve have been known to reach for a Frozen plaster when I’ve needed one, only to be told no mummy they are not for you.
Whilst I don’t ever want my girls to be hurt, when it happens I do get the best snuggles and cuddles from them and I will always be thankfully that it’s me they run to, to make it all better.
Even in the safety of our back garden when the girls are playing accidents do happen, but when they have so much fun out there together I won’t ever stop them from doing so. That sense of achievement beats and cut or graze.
And as a family that loves a trip to the park, the woods and many more wonderful places we will continue to go and make sure that the plasters come too!