- It's the start of a new week, and with that comes a sense of 'right, let's start again, and try and improve on last week.'
- A new 'The Things We Do' linky has started on The Adoption Social.
- I'm likely to have trouble getting Mini to school as he re-adjusts back to the routine of getting up and out.
- It's Movie Monday.
I was going to write about how difficult it is to get Mini to school on Mondays, but actually that's not fair. Today is only his second Monday, and we've had no real issues (yet a very quiet "I don't want to go" today that passed quickly with the distraction of breakfast). Time will tell whether Mondays continue in this way, but I'm tentatively hopeful that this new school will provide less anxiety than the old one.
However, despite the positivity so far, I'm going to continue with something that we've done for a long time to help ease Mondays a little bit, because Mondays at the old school were awful. And that's where number 4 comes in. Movie Monday happens most weeks during term time and always during the holidays.
Sometimes I pick a movie I think they'll like. Sometimes I let the children choose (but they have to be in agreement). Sometimes I'll draw up a 'Now Showing' poster so they see it in the morning. There is nearly always popcorn involved, sometimes with hidden jelly sweets or mini marshmallows near the bottom, and often milkshakes or hot chocolate. Both Mini and Dollop know that every Monday they watch a film and it's time to be calm, after the stress of the day. And even if the morning is horrific, I can promise that we'll have movie time later and it's something to look forward to. Mini loves this time and particularly enjoys fantasy-type films where he can use his imagination and escape, but he's not fussy and has an amazing memory when it comes to the details he sees in films.
On other days we have other ways of coping (or not!), but Movie Monday is sacred and definitely does the job it's supposed to...do your children like watching movies to chill out? What are your favourite family films to watch? Are there any films you have to avoid because of the subject matter?