We all know that period of time, that god-forsaken hour, when it is just before your child’s bedtime, they are starting to get tired but they aren’t ready to start their bedtime routine yet. They are fading, with hands starting to rub their sleepy eyes, irritable, they are starting to turn almost HULK like. (Believe me, we’ve had HULK experiences! See [here])
This is the period of time when parents across the land quiver with fear and anticipation. The hour of doom- usually between 6pm-7pm depending on the age of your child it may be earlier or later. We refer to this dreadful hour as;
THE PARENTING WITCHING HOUR (PWH)
We have previously talked about the disease that EVERY parent develops which is incurable [here] but now, we are talking about the curse that smites most households across the land. Several emotions are felt during this period by parents;
- The mood swing, the one that seems to be amping up towards the end of the day, you see the slight remnants of a potential pout, with the lip puckering outwards (you know the one)
- THAT toy that seems to have dropped out of favour suddenly,it used to do the trick, it worked everytime, but now, without warning, it’s hit the toy graveyard to be recycled at a later date
- The TV show that has ended or has hit a break, and adverts have came on TV, who thought in their right mind that adverts are a good idea? Separate from the fact that it breaks viewing time (the horror to any child) but they also display wonderful toys or the next big app to purchase. Santa comes ones a year not all year round!
- The post dinner time lull that is sweeping in, the
beastchild is fed, you have nurtured their nutritional needs but now, they are either, worked up on unspent energy or, so satisfied that it starts the sleepy wind down a little too soon! (We all know the feeling after having a big dinner and needing the sofa for a kip)
- Soon the children will be in bed, and whilst you love them, it’s nice to have that parent time to;
- Drink your favourite tipple
- Eat your chocolate/crisps/snacks, actually being able to eat of your OWN plate without interruption is pretty great as well
- Catch up on TV– Netflix, movies, soaps etc, not the Kiddie TV variety
- Cuddles! If you have a partner, having that much needed cuddle time
- Sleep, you’ve had a hard day, working or looking after your child, you need to recharge
- Relax, switch off, do nothing!
- Hobbies or work, Blog, write, social media, market, picture edit, news read, gossip search…
If you were to come to our house during the PWH, you would witness quite a sight;
The 9 month old Little Lord loves R’n’B of any description, perhaps a bit of Club music, absolutely no Rock to his rocker parent’s dismay. When the PWH commences, Little Mama switches on the TV and frantically searches for a tune that will satisfy the Little Lord’s hip tastes. If she doesn’t get the vibe right, if she makes a wrong decision, the balance between Hulk and happy baby sways in a moment’s notice! Of course, there are other factors to consider;
- What if adverts are on the channel she finally chooses?
- What if the song is about to come to an end?
- What if his Lordship has altered his music taste without notice?
- What if the neighbours hear his awesome beats? It’s really hot at the moment see [here] where baby nearly catches fire (huh?!) and [here], we have the windows open all the time!
- What if Little Daddy gets the remote control and switches the channel to Kerrang again?! Defying Little Mama’s personal DJing prowess!
PWH- it’s a difficult time, we have no suggestions, we have no remedies, our thoughts are with you at this dreadful hour!
We do have some plotting however;
Just think though- in the future, when your little munchkin is in early adulthood, ready to head out and party, throughout their childhood they have moulded (and almost like some sort of correctional therapy or baby bootcamp) whipped you into rising for the early morning awakenings at dawn or long before, it would be nice to get some payback, perhaps wake them up when they’ve had a late night? Revenge is ours, I’m sure of it!
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