Baubles, bangles and beads

24 12 2013

special mum and dad

This time last year as I spent the evening with FFOMC I couldnt wait for Christmas morning.

As is our tradition we start the day by opening our Christmas stockings in bed, usually at an unreasonably early hour despite the absense of children in our home.

I was particularly excited about a small gift nestled in the toe of his stocking – a last minute purchase inspired by one of FFOMC’s weaker moments following a work party. He had come home tipsy and bleary eyed and for some reason a little emotional about the worry that we would never have a family of our own. I reassured him that although I wasn’t ready to start a family that second in time, I did want to be the mother of his children.

The next day on a last minute shopping trip I discovered the Christmas bauble pictured above. It doubles as a money box and reads:

“Merry Christmas to a Special Mum and Dad”

I wrapped it carefully and attached a tag with the following words written on it:

“This gift is only little, but it’s special in a way,

It’s a promise of the future that I’ll spend with you one day.

For now you just protect it & fill it up with me,

And maybe this time next year it can hang upon our tree.

You’ll need to make the nice list so you better not be bad,

And by this time of next year you could be a special Dad.”

At the time I wrote these words I had no immediate plans to become a parent but low and behold, one year later I am once again excited on Christmas Eve, but this year our special Christmas bauble is hanging on the tree and we are anxious to open a card which will reveal whether we are expecting a little boy or a little girl.

FFOMC will indeed make a wonderful father and no doubt this time next year we will be filled with all the excitement experienced by all new parents about to spend their first Christmas with their first child.

Happy Christmas everyone!

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The future father of my children…needs to meet the following criteria

30 01 2013

Job Application

Since my last post on this topic I have started to consider my husband’s suitability as a prospective father. It occurred to me that before I can properly assess his suitability for the role I need to first consult the job description before I can consider the candidate.

I did a little research and the following qualities are often listed as desirable in would be fathers.

Good Husband:  Successful applicant:

Qualified to marriage or equivalent relationship status.

Track record of excellent relationship practice.

Ability to communicate effectively and embrace shared values – (“Ask your Mum”).

Experience of promoting “Mother-In-Law” and other external partnerships.

Sticks around: Successful candidate:

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to stay calm under pressure.

Commitment to ensuring longevity of family unit.

Ability to adopt a flexible approach to conflict resolution and find long term solutions to problems – (“Yes Dear”).

 

Provider: Successful candidate:

Track record of outstanding work ethic and continuous employment history.

Evidence of future job security and good financial management skills.

Experience of managing very, very small budgets.

Willingness to sacrifice personal material goods where possible benefit to the family unit is identified (such as red wine and/or valium for Mummy).

 

Protector: Successful candidate:

Ability to be pro-active and positive about challenge.

A clear understanding of and a competent use of a baseball bat after midnight when there are strange noises downstairs.

Ability to set up effective strategies for abolishing all monsters under the bed.

Understanding and experience of appropriate procedures for addressing – lost teeth, cuts and scrapes, stomach upsets and all other “ouchies”.

Role Model: Successful Candidate:

Clear and appropriate vision for ongoing development of the family home.

Hands-on approach with regards household management – (cooking, dishes, laundry etc.)

A clear understanding and a competent use of the vacuum cleaner, cooker and iron.

An understanding of a range of opportunities to lead by example: ( “Look the aeroplane is flying into Daddy’s mouth now!”)

Ability to motivate and inspire young people: (“My Dad’s better than your Dad!”)

 

Teacher: Successful Candidate:

Demonstrates an understanding of the patterns of children’s learning: (in the sense that THEY DON’T!)

Ability to implement a range of pedagogical strategies to promote learning (coaxing, warning, praising, begging, threatening, praying)

Knowledge of specialist areas and/or willingness to undertake developmental training as and when the need arises (Possible training needs may include: Tweenies, Sponge Bob, Chuggington, In the Night Garden etc)

 

Disciplinarian: Successful Candidate:

Demonstrate a sense of perspective and adopt an empathetic and patient approach to behaviour.

Commitment to promoting equal opportunities: (“You’ve let me down, you’ve let yourself down, you’ve let everyone down!”)

Understanding of current legislation and its impact on disciplining children (i.e. it’s frowned upon if you kill them)

This has given me much to consider.

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