Questions about Daddy 2017

I’m rather late putting these onto the blog this year but I asked the children the usual questions about Daddy last week as it was Father’s Day.  Here are their answers…

1. What makes Daddy happy?

D – Having fun and games.

J – Hugs.

2. How does Daddy make you laugh?

D – Telling jokes.

J – Tickles me.

3. What was Daddy like as a child?

D – Fun.

J – Like me and Daniel.

4. How old is Daddy?

D – 34.

J – 34.

5. How tall is Daddy?

D – I’m even taller than 100cm so probably about 501cm.

J – 30cm.

6. What is Daddy’s favourite thing to do?

D – Play football and play with me and Joshy.

J – Of course doing puzzles.

7. What does Daddy do when you’re not around?

D – Tidy up and go to work.

J – Sorting out his house and cleaning it.

8. What is Daddy really good at?

D – Playing football.

J – Puzzles.

9. What is Daddy not very good at?

D – Running (well right now he’s not very good at running and I am the fastest runner).

J – Games.

10. What is Daddy’s favourite food?

D – Fish and chips.

J – I think only just sausages.

11. What do you and Daddy do together?

D – Play games and football.

J – Puzzles and games and watch Paw Patrol.

12. Where is Daddy’s favourite place to go?

D – Work.

J – To the park.

 

13. What does Daddy do for a job?

D – Looks after children that are not being treated very well.

J – Look after teenagers.

14. How are you and Daddy the same?

D – We’ve both got brown hair and we’re both men.

J – We both like games.

15. How are you and Daddy different?

D – Daddy’s got glasses and I don’t.

J – I’m smaller and Daddy’s taller.

16. How do you know Daddy loves you?

D – Because he’s my daddy.

J – He gives me hugs.

17. What makes Daddy sad?

D – Not behaving very well.

J – When we’re naughty.

18. What makes you proud of Daddy?

D – He’s quite good at football.

J – He does games with me.

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Mother’s Day Questions 2017

Yesterday was a really lovely Mother’s Day and I did manage to fit in asking the boys the annual questions…

1. What makes Mummy happy?

D – Being good

J – Cuddles

2. How does Mummy make you laugh?

D – Being funny

J – By tickling me

3. What was Mummy like as a child?

D – Hmm, that’s a tricky one.  I’m going to say cheeky

J – Happy

4. How old is Mummy?

D – 32 or 33, I can’t remember

J – 30

5. How tall is Mummy?

D – My guess is 70cm

J – About in the middle I think

6. What is Mummy’s favourite thing to do?

D – Do jobs

J – Do cuddles and do work and get jobs done

7. What does Mummy do when you’re not around?

D – Do jobs

J – Jobs

8. What is Mummy really good at?

D – Hula hooping

J – Cuddles

9. What is Mummy not very good at?

D – Football

J – Puzzles I think

10. What is Mummy’s favourite food?

D – Chilli

J – Everything

11. What do you and Mummy do together?

D – Play games like the football game

J – Play games and puzzles

12. Where is Mummy’s favourite place to go?

D – That’s a tricky one.  Stay at home probably.

J – To Nanny and Gramp’s house and Grandad and Ma’s house

13. What makes Mummy sad?

D – Being naughty

J – When me and Daniel hurt each other

14. How do you know Mummy loves you?

D – Because I’m her child

J – Because she likes cuddles and also I give the most best cuddles

15. What is Mummy’s job?

D – A librarian and a church worker

J – A librarian

16. What makes you proud of Mummy?

D – Getting all that money from the book fair

J – She gives me lots of cuddles

17. How are you and Mummy the same?

D – We’ve both got brown hair

J – We both like cuddles

18. How are you and Mummy different?

D – Mummy’s a girl, I’m a boy

J – You don’t do puzzles and I do

Daniel is Seven

Life is more than a little bit crazy at the moment and I forgot to do the questions with Daniel on his seventh birthday yesterday.  Thankfully, my brother reminded me from the other side of the world to do them today so here they are…

1. What is your favourite colour?

Green

2. What is your favourite animal?

Dog

3. What is your favourite food?

Sausages

4. What is your favourite drink?

Orange squash

5. What is your favourite thing to play with?

Footballs

6. What is your favourite song?

Haven’t Met You Yet (Michael Buble)

7. What is your favourite book?

Frankie’s Magic Football

8. What is your favourite TV programme?

Footy Pups

9. Who is your best friend?

Josh (#heartmelts)

10. What do you want to be when you grow up?

A fireman

We had a last minute trip to mum and dad’s for Daniel’s birthday so enjoyed a game of pirate crazy golf and Daniel even managed two holes in one.

Joshua is Five

Although this blog seems to have run its course, I still need somewhere to store the answers to the boys’ questions each year and this seems like the logical place.  It seems hard to believe that this time five years ago I was almost nearing the end of my marathon labour!  What a five years Josh has given us – totally can’t imagine life without him!  He is a crazy little thing who loves nothing better than playing games – something we have done a lot of today!  We are also grateful that one of the perks of living where we do means that we periodically get incredible firework displays put on for one or other of the cruise liners.  This year, like last, we got to watch fireworks on his birthday.  Happy Birthday Joshua!

1. What is your favourite colour?

Yellow

2. What is your favourite animal?

Cat

3. What is your favourite food?

Crisps

4. What is your favourite drink?

Volcano

5. What is your favourite thing to play with?

Moshi Monsters

6. What is your favourite song?

Let it go

7. What is your favourite book?

What the ladybird heard

8. What is your favourite TV programme?

CBeebies

9. Who is your best friend?

Harry

10. What do you want to be when you grow up?

A fireman

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Book Review: Parenting Children for a Life of Faith

 

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Following on from reading The Sticky Faith Guide For Your Family, I was keen to fit in another ‘parenting’ book before giving myself some time off for some fiction reading over the summer.  I settled on Parenting Children for a Life of Faith by Rachel Turner and it couldn’t have been a better choice!  Like the Sticky Faith book, it proved easy to dip into and full of inspiring and practical advice for helping your children in their faith journey.

In her book, Turner focuses on how we can help our children to develop a relationship of their own with God.  She writes:

We instinctively know that there is a difference between a child who knows about God and a child whose heart and life are connected to him…Somehow, though, we only get as far as building God-smart children, hoping that eventually, somehow, God-smart will turn into God-connected.

Towards the start of the book she focuses on how we can allow our children to have glimpses into our own personal relationship with God by allowing them to see us spending time with God and by us talking with them about what God is doing in our life.  She then goes on to look at how we can enable our children to develop their own personal relationship with God.

Much of Parenting Children for a Life of Faith focuses on prayer and on how we can help children have a two-way conversation with God.  She writes about how we can encourage them to pray in a way that they’re comfortable with by removing some of the ‘rules’ that we sometimes associate with prayer such as how we should sit or the kinds of words we should use.  She also shares how we can help our child to hear or ‘catch’ messages from God.

Towards the end of the book Turner shares some real-life stories of under fives ‘catching’ from God and they were incredibly heartwarming and encouraging.  I shared them with Daniel and Joshua to show them that God really does speak to young children and to encourage them to listen out for God in their own lives.

There is so much I have taken away from reading this book and will look forward to putting into practise over the summer.  It’s not too long or too heavy a read and I would urge anyone who has a desire for their children to own their own faith to read it.

Book Review: The Sticky Faith Guide For Your Family

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I have just finished reading The Sticky Faith Guide For Your Family and have absolutely loved it!  I have been singing its praises to various friends over the last few weeks I’ve been reading it and really feel that it has the potential to impact families in significant ways.

I hope and pray that my children will grow up to be Christian adults but am well aware that growing up in a Christian family in no way guarantees this.  The author of this book, Dr. Kara E. Powell, and her team at the Fuller Youth Institute in America, conducted comprehensive research into what helps children and young people to develop a faith that ‘sticks’ into adulthood (‘Sticky Faith’).  They have published a number of books outlining their findings and, following my attendance at a Sticky Faith event last spring, I chose to delve into this one that was specifically aimed at families.

Although I want my children to grow into a Christian faith of their own, I do not believe we can or should force them into this.  For their faith to be real, it needs to be a faith they find and choose for themselves.  Thankfully, the Sticky Faith research backs up this view and there are no overtones of brainwashing or forcing children to adopt certain beliefs.  However, in the same way as there are ways parents can help to shape their children’s moral values as they grow up, we can also influence their faith development.

Dr. Powell recommends that as you read the book, you choose up to five ideas that you want to have a go at with your own family.  There are many, many ideas within the book, covering a wide range of family situations and ages.  As such, I’m sure it will be a book I choose to dip into again as the boys get older and some of the other ideas become more relevant to us.  For example, there is a really helpful section giving advice for parents whose teenage children don’t want to go to church.

Many of the ideas don’t seem to directly relate to faith, but the research shows that the relationships we have with our children can influence how likely they are to want to adopt our own values and beliefs for themselves.  Therefore, things such as building warm loving relationships, showing an interest in your child’s interests, communicating well, and practising forgiveness are all key.  I made a number of notes as I read through the book and wrote down quite a few quotes including these:

As long as we have relationship with our kids, we have the potential for influence…It is our responsibility as parents to keep the relationship with our children, not theirs…

One of the most dominant themes in our interviews with parents was their commitment to step into their teenagers’ worlds instead of expecting their kids to take part in theirs.

In fact, there is a lot in this book that mirrors advice in many of the secular parenting books I have read.  For example, the importance of spending quality time with each child on an individual basis e.g. through regular ‘mother-son dates’ with them, and the importance of ensuring they have other responsible adult males who they have good relationships with and who they can turn to when they don’t want to talk to their parents. There were of course, though, other ideas that related more specifically to aspects of faith such as sharing the Bible with them.

There are a number of ideas that I will take away from this book and see how they work within our own family situation.  I found the book easy to read and get into to and it wasn’t at all discouraging or judgemental.  It was also easy to dip into for five minutes here and there which is ideal for me.

There is no secret formula for ensuring your children will have a strong Christian faith as adults.  However, I am so grateful to the team at the Fuller Youth Institute for investing in this project to help equip us with strategies and ideas that can help us take positive steps towards this goal.  For anyone who shares this desire, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

The Super Secret Adventures of Kylon!

Daniel came home yesterday with a story that he has been writing in school.  It’s his first proper story so I was delighted to read it and thought I would share it with you all.  For your information, Kylon (to the best of my knowledge a name invented by Daniel) is pronounced Keylon.

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Here is my attempt at typing it up with corrected spellings:

This is a story about Kylon the scary, brave, nice spy who lives on half of the good side and half of the bad side.  He had a gang of dangerous and clever spies!  Unfortunately he had to share a bed with his brother and friend!  He doesn’t like it because they made fun of him!  One morning he sighed and said “I wish I had a bouncy bed to myself!  I’d be so happy without my brother.”  So he decided to make the ultimate lie!  Did you know what happens next!

Suddenly he rolled out of bed and quickly ran to the airport.  He felt sad because he thought his friends won’t like him.  On the airplane all his friends were there.  Kylon shouted in everyone’s ear “I’ve got a bedroom to myself!”  Everyone turned around in their comfy seats and they gasped.  They all shouted “How lucky are you?”  “I feel bubbly” he said because I’ve told a lie.  Oh what a dilemma!

The next day Kylon knew what he had to do.  He had tell the truth.  He wobbily walked to the airplane.  He kindly wittered in everyone’s ear “I’m sorry I lied.  I hope you still like me.”  The end.

The moral of the story is don’t lie because you might get a punishment!

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