I work away so much, that I try to appreciate my time with my children. I often feel like I’m walking a tightrope. My children, because they are mine, are as emotional as me. I am passionate about my job to the extent it exhausts me. The children’s school days exhaust them for the same reason. I am passionate about my family, and we exhaust each other.
Whilst I love our weekends when we have little to do but spend time together, I have to be honest, my children can be exhausting. Accepting timeout with Sky Kids has become a grateful interlude in our weekends.I almost bowed my head in shame last weekend until, of course, I realised my boys were right. The boys were on their first Beaver camp (sleeping overnight in tents in the Scout Hut). My need to spend time with my children at the weekends is such that I find myself volunteering to support such events.
As the film which accompanied the campfire and toasted marshmallows started stilting, one of my boys turned to the Scout Leader and said “You really need the Sky Kids App”. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
The boys are not alone in their view on how good the app is. Sky Kids has won Mumsnet Rated, of the 103 Mumsnet testers who tried the Sky Kids App, 94% said they would use it again, and 97% would recommend it.And this is our reality, with so many of the children’s favourite programmes on offer, they are happy. If I need to ask for half an hour at the weekend to sort the laundry or do some vacuuming, my children are happy to comply. As long as a device with a Sky Kids App is place in their hands.
If I’m at the end of my tether in refereeing arguments between siblings, the Sky Kids timeout is my breather.
If we’re travelling long distances, the Sky Kids App is a great accompaniment. And the need to keep children entertained has been picked up, with Sky Kids sponsoring the ice rink at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland! Because we all know how difficult it is to queue with children! The Sky Kids ice rink has iPads in the queuing area to keep little ones entertained with the Sky Kids app whilst they wait to skate. A perfect idea for keeping enjoyment high and stress levels low.The added benefit is in giving me the space to be more organised. I am finding it difficult to understand why, now my children are older, that I don’t have more time on my hands. But, fortunately, the children are now at the age where they actually want to spend time with me.
The small issue with this is, I have no time. I have no time for catching up on work, blogging or housework. At the weekend, I beg Mr J to take them on walks and to squash lessons just to catch up on laundry. I have realised that I miss my children having naps in the afternoon. I am now at the stage where I need naps in the afternoon.
So, yes, Sky Kids- thank you. I am thinking about Christmas, I am thinking of three of my family of five celebrating birthdays in the first half of January. And I am so far behind in my planning. But I am so much further ahead than I might be without a Sky Kids distraction here and there.
Whilst Christmas is a time for celebration, I am happy that winter feels like a time for hibernation. I love that my homely family aren’t adverse to spending time indoors. I am grateful to the variety on the Sky Kids App which ensures they are happily entertained.So, of course, I am grateful that my laundry basket no longer overflows. That I’ve finally figured out that the reason my ironing basket is always full is that I have so many items I refuse to iron. I need to grow strong. In the same way it seems my children know exactly which streaming app is appropriate for their needs.
I am raising strong, independent children. For which I feel proud.
If it’s any recommendation, my children will tell anyone who’s listening (for long enough), that the Sky Kids App will keep you entertained.
Disclosure: We were invited to test the Sky Kids app by Mumsnet and have been compensated for our time. All views and opinions contained are our own.