The Childhood Tag

It's been a while since I did a blog tag here on Seek My Scribbles but when Emma got in touch about The Childhood Tag she created with Mulberry Bush, I thought it was the perfect one to share. So here goes...

1. What were you not expecting or not prepared for before becoming a parent?
I honestly don't think anyone can prepare you for the newborn days. There's such a flood of emotions and I remember feeling so overwhelmed with love for my son but also more exhausted than I've ever been in my life. Still, you somehow manage to keep going! As a first time mum I felt completely unprepared for that first night in hospital, where it's just you and your baby. Despite reading books, leaflets and blogs, I felt so clueless but there comes a point where it all clicks and you think, I've got this!

2. What is your main advice for new parents?
I was going to say 'don't get hung up on other people's advice' but then I thought of something and that's to set your own visitors rules for those first few days. If you want every single member of your family and friendship group visiting you, then go for it (just make sure they know it's them making the drinks and snacks). But if you want some time for you and your partner (or whoever you're sharing the experience with) to bond with your baby privately that's completely okay and no one should tell you otherwise. You set the rules and don't feel pressured.

3. How do you encourage family time?
We make the effort to have fun days out at the weekend, whether it's a walk in the woods, a trip to the beach or going for a picnic (though we've not really had the weather for that recently!)

4. How do you balance being a blogger with parental duties?
That's a question I should really be asking someone who's mastered it better than me! I think it can be hard to find the balance as a working-from-home parent. I don't blog or freelance full time at the moment as it's just not something I'm personally able to do as Arthur's sole parent. I do however take my opportunities when they arise - I'll blog or write if Arthur takes an afternoon nap and I'll spend my evenings writing or doing something blog-related too. I'm also lucky that my mum gives me a hand looking after Arthur a few hours a week. I think it's all about finding the balance that works for you and your child.

5. What was your favourite toy growing up?
I was a typical girly-girl so really into my Barbies and I also had an adorable Cabbage Patch Kid called Brandy-Polly who I adored. I loved Sylvalian Families and had a horse stable too. I wouldn't say I had one particular favourite toy as like with most kids, it changed all the time!

6. Have you kept any toys from your childhood?
Apparently Brandy-Polly is still in the garage but I've not seen her myself for years! We've also got all my Beanie Babies, which I forgot to mention above! Everyone kept hold of them thinking they were going to be worth something someday (remember the tag protectors you could buy for them?!) but I'm almost certain it's never going to happen. I think I'll be getting them out for Arthur soon, if they're still in a good condition.

7. What are your child's favourite toys?
Arthur's really into vehicles - trains, cars, tractors and planes. I've also noticed he's started enjoying his jigsaws a lot more recently, as well as playing with Play Doh and doing other crafty bits with me.

8. Do you actively limit the amount of screen time your kid has?
Ah such a controversial topic and a conversation I avoid at the best of times! I think in this day and age it's very difficult to go completely screen-free - after all devices are everywhere. As a parent I think it's your job to be mindful of what your kids are watching, how much they're watching and find a balance.

9. How do you reduce plastic waste in your home? - Reusable bottles, buying wooden toys, avoiding excessive food packaging, etc.?
Me and Arthur currently live with my parents and my mum (who takes charge of the food shops) has excellent values when it comes to looking after the planet (including the people and animals living on it). She's therefore very mindful of the products we buy and as a family, we recycle as much as possible.

10. What advice would you give parents that want to start blogging?
Find your voice and go for it! I've made some great friends through blogging and still enjoy doing it all these years later.

Tag, you're it! Since Mulberry Bush created this tag and Emma passed it on to me, I am going to continue the game by passing it on to Abbie from A Beautiful Delight and Sophia from TattooedTeaLady. Feel free to join in if you want to!

Megan x
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