When it comes to exercise and movement, kids are just the same as us – if it doesn’t appeal, the motivation to do it is closer to zero. If I tell my kids we’re going to the village for a walk, sometimes the response I hear can be anything from the familiar ‘do we have to’ groan, to wailing, the stomping of feet and even the throwing down of toys – sometimes all of this simultaneously at which point even I have given up on going anywhere. However, if say we’re going to the village to ride bikes and scooters – it’s a whole other story!
It’s the morning after Balearics Day and I’m meeting Alice in Sa Feixina Park. A team are here dismantling and restoring the park back to it’s original state. It must have been a big day. Plastic cups, straws and polystyrene containers lay empty on the ground; used, disregarded and abandoned by their consumer. It’s ironic because Alice is from Asociación Ondine, the local marine conservation group that work tirelessly to reduce plastic pollution and protect the Balearic marine ecosystems that are damaged by plastic. Though there has been a sigh of relief that single use plastic is banned here by 2021, the change to alternatives that are “easily recyclable” or biodegradable is still not happening fast enough, nor is it a real solution to the issues we’re facing.
More and more my children are taking an interest in cooking in the kitchen. My seven year old likes to lend a hand, particularly when there is an electronic gadget involved whether it’s mixing, grating or nutri-bulleting – the noisier the better. And my five year old daughter doesn’t want to miss out either and grates carrots and potatoes beyond their first skin…but that’s OK – she’s very happy doing this task and proud when there’s nothing more to grate (literally nothing!) They both desperately want to be able to do the things that I do. So I say yes when I can to things they can do since driving is out of the question…What is a chore to me is a game to them because it’s a new experience.
Winter is well underway in Mallorca and with the drop in temperature the only disturbance in our pool is the wind, rain or the odd leaf debris. With the balmy summer days over, I love the change in season and with it a change to the outdoor activities we do as a family.
When my children were invited to try out Choi Kwang Do (CKD from here on in), I accepted the offer enthusiastically. I was already a fan of martial arts, having done a little karate myself in my younger years. However, what I didn’t expect upon arrival was to be given the chance to join in too!
When I became a parent, I was thrown in at the deep end. My first born William arrived nine weeks early and I’m not ashamed to say I was a little unprepared. In those first few weeks, I took each day as it came and learned to deal with situations as they arose using that natural motherly instinct we possess. And that’s how I’ve continued…
I was intrigued ever since I met Diana Mira, my reflexologist in Mallorca. How did this therapy work? How was she able to home in on the parts of my body that were not functioning as well as possible through massaging my feet? How could these techniques help to soothe typical childhood ailments? Initially, I just thought the whole point of it was for relaxation but I was wrong. The benefits of reflexology extend beyond the mere pleasure of a foot rub!
There’s nothing worse than seeing your child under the weather. Colds, coughs, sore throats and tummy aches – we want to soothe the symptoms and make them feel better as quickly as possible. When needed, I will always reach for the kids ibuprofen or paracetamol. But if you’re anything like me and the coughing continues throughout the night, you’ll also look for natural healing medicines as part of the remedy.
My kids love ‘family dinners.’ We don’t get the chance to sit down together every night, but when we we do, my six year old will happily lay the table in preparation. He loves that we are all eating together. I love this to, and even more so because most of the time my children enjoy eating healthy food. Perfect for me as I don’t have to prepare a separate ‘kids’ and ‘adults’ meal! At home, what we eat and put into our bodies is in our control. I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but feel satisfied when the veggies are going down as fast as ice cream!