Sometimes, as a mother, just getting out of the house can be a chore. It’s a mammoth task, and sometimes – let’s be honest – it’s just easier to stay indoors.
Scenario 1 – New Baby
You have a new baby, and the To Do list just to get ready to leave the house is as long as your arm, not to mention the household chores you’re desperately trying not to notice.
- The baby needs feeding
- The baby needs changing
- Your baby has just shown his gratitude by returning your milk/his formula right down your top
- You need to change
- Your bag needs packing:
- Nappy cream
- Nappy sacks
- Change of clothes for baby
- Change of clothes for you
- Muslin cloth
- Water for you
- Makeup (if that’s even a priority for you right now)
- You’ve taken so long running up and down the stairs, trying to gather everything, forgetting everything, remembering something else, that your baby is now hungry, or crying – and ready for a nap.
And you ask yourself, is it even worth going out? You’re not familiar with the place you were planning on going to, and you have no idea what you’re going to do when you get there.
What if they don’t have baby-changing facilities? Or they’re not buggy-friendly? What if they’re not child-friendly at all?
Do they have a play area for the older children; is there somewhere for you to chill out and have a cup of coffee? What if it’s horrendous, after that nightmare you endured just trying to get out of the house?
You’re in danger of spiralling into a depression if you let this happen to you too often. And all too often, it’s an easy trap to fall into.
Scenario 2 – The Pre-Schooler and The Baby
Or, the Toddler and the School-kid. And the other one or two (perhaps more?) children you have bouncing off the walls at home. It’s the weekend, or the summer holidays, and you NEED TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE. And do what? It all depends on your budget, of course, and then there’s the small matter of Googling where to go in the first place. Before you know it, you’ve talked yourself out of going anywhere, because there’s the hassle of packing a picnic, the entrance fee to wherever you’re going – not to mention the petrol costs – plus spending. This day out is going to cost you a fortune. So you decide not to go out on your epic day out, and instead end up tearing your hair out.
Scenario 3 – It’s the school holidays!
What on earth are you going to do with these little folks who have more energy than you can muster with a triple espresso? Whether it’s a half-term break, or the Easter/Christmas/Summer holidays, you’ve put it to the back of your mind until the very last minute and now have no clue how you’re all going to get through it without going insane (unless, of course, you’re super-organised, or have children like Topsy and Tim – if you do, please tell me your secret). During term-time, you’ve likely got a nice, steady time-table with your baby and toddler, and your older child has the comfort of their daily school routine. As soon as the holidays hit, chaos ensues. Sound familiar?
There are many, many more scenarios – and each parent will have their own to add.
WikiPlacesForKids is an amazing resource for parents just like you and me – it’s packed FULL of recommendations.
Places to go for a stress-free cup of tea JUST to get you out of the house, sites to visit for epic days out, parent and baby/toddler groups, and plenty of outdoor recommendations, too – perfect for getting out in the fresh air and letting off some steam (which, let’s face it – the kids need to do frequently, otherwise we’d all go insane).
Click on the link to check out this amazing site, or see some of the reviews here. Not only are there suggestions of what to do plus a search function for something more specific; but you can filter where you’d like to go and what you’d like to do – as well as the facilities available when you get there.
All of these recommendations are suggested BY parents, FOR parents. Think Trip Advisor meets Google Reviews. And there’s even a place for you to add your own recommendation, and be in with the chance to WIN £25.
It’s not just Wiki Places for Kids. It’s Wiki Places for Kids – AND Grown Ups. Because we all deserve a little something too.