Between us at NapNap we have 5 (and nearly 6) children between us. And whilst lovely they all drive us up the wall. If it isn’t the non-walking 16 month old, it’s the bossy boots 3 year old. If it isn’t the non-lunch-eating 4 year old, it is the imperious 17 month old who sits in her throne, giving orders in a language that only she understands.
How to survive? Well, we would love some tips because, believe you me, we are not masters at this game. Is anyone? However, I do think a bit of creativity goes a long way and if you involve them in something (particularly when they are a bit older) then an impasse can sometimes (sometimes!!) be crossed.
I have a generally quite itchy 3 year old. She had horrible eczema as a tiny and now that she has chicken pox, I’m surprised she hasn’t taken most of her skin off. Chicken pox in the scalp? Who would have thought it. But not only is she itchy, she is also completely resistant to having cream put on. Why I have no idea. I promise I didn’t give her cream trauma as a baby by dunking her in buckets of the stuff (although that would have probably helped). My tactic this time is I have made sticky labels for the lotion bottle with her; quite a lot of fun and she likes trying to write her name so that has given it a really personal touch. She is still not particularly keen but we have managed to put some on with much less of a battle than before.
Admittedly, I have also been deceptive Mummy by secretly putting coconut oil in her bath - worked a dream ha ha ha.
I’m sure I’m not the only one to take this sort of approach, but for anyone tearing their hair out today, I thought I’d share that with you. Good luck!
Coconut oil is available at our online store: Really Eco Baby, along with other lovely, eco, ethical fairtrade gifts and products for babies and families.