I just head the spoon towards my mouth and… yum!
Xander has been having a lot of fun playing with his spoon after his afternoon snack of fromage frais (which he loves!). As you can see, he can get the spoon in his mouth the right way round, although whenever I give him a “loaded” spoon, it just gets waved about till everything flies off it and redecorates the nearest wall and the carpet to boot!
And he’s quite confident now when it comes to sitting and playing. As I type, he’s sitting on his play mat, playing with his stacking cups and has been doing so for the last half an hour or so with no problems at all. He occasionally turns to the telly if some music catches his attention, but he’s quite happy just sitting on the floor with is toys. Awww, bless!
These stacking cups are so much fun!
Today saw something of a milestone for Xander – for the first time ever, he drank his milk, all by himself, from his sippy cup with no help from me at all! OK, I helped a little bit, just to get him started, but after that, he managed perfectly well on his own. He spilled a little bit down his front, but that’s no big deal – the big deal is he can now do it for himself – hurrah!
I’m so proud I could just burst!
And the other pictures, below, were taken on Sunday when we had a family trip to the park. Xander had a lovely time playing with his toys and also had a go on the swings (on my knee) and loved it!
Fun in the sun!
There’s a guy who wanders up and down George Street with a small kid in tow, stopping random passers-by and asking them for a couple of quid to get him and the kid home. The trouble is, this total Chav is obviously a chancer trying to pull a fast one and today, due to my lack of sleep last night, I was in no mood to give my usual “sorry, no” reply…
Today, he had not one, but two little’uns with him when he stopped me:
Chav: Excuse me, love, can you spare me a couple of quid for the bus to get my kids home?
Me: You know what? You stop me nearly every week and my answer is always the same – no, I’m not giving you any money.
Chav: (in a slightly threatening yet defensive manner) Yeah, so? What’s funny about that, then?
Me: (gripping handbag and golfing brolly tightly, just in case!) It’s NOT funny – it’s well dodgy! And it’s SHAMEFUL of you to use your kids that way!
At this, the Chav backed off and looked for someone else to approach. Unfortunately for him, everyone nearby was grinning at my gutsy reproach and one big, burly guy looked ready to step in on my behalf should the Chavmeister decide to try his luck taking me on physically.
I know I shouldn’t have risked such a confrontation (especially whilst carrying Tadpole!) but the guy really pissed me off. It might just be my opinion, but such folks deserve a good smack about the head for such bare-faced cheek!
Missing – Madeleine McCann
Call me heartless, callous and cruel if you like, but it seems well overdue to me that the McCanns may face charges of neglect and abandonment over the case of their missing daughter, Madeleine. Yes, it’s tragic that their very young daughter disappeared, but the fact remains that they left her and her younger siblings alone in an unlocked apartment while they and their friends dined elsewhere. It does not matter that they claim they regularly checked on their children – they left them alone in a foreign country while they went out to have fun with their friends.
Of course, chances are that this charge will never actually come about, but I sincerely hope it does. Just because the McCanns are a professional, middle-class couple, doesn’t mean that they should be treated any differently than a poor, working class family in the same position. Had they both been on the dole, you can bet they would have been vilified and crucified by the press. Instead, they have access to a large fund set up by well-wishers and the sympathy of most of the media, and when the media tried to turn, the McGanns pressed charges against them and got a public apology.
It is my opinion (and I freely accept it is not the opinion of everyone else) that those who neglect their children do not deserve apologies. They should be investigated by social services and the safety of their other children should be taken into consideration too.
I actually think it rather criminal that it has taken more than a year for the authorities to even consider pressing these charges against them.
Scarlett – Raped and murdered
I have to admit, I tend to avoid the news as much as possible as it invariably either depresses me or makes me angry and, to be honest, I don’t have time enough in my life for either of those emotions if I can help it at all. However, there has been no escaping certain news stories and once again, my blood has been heating up till it reaches near boiling point and it’s all because of the seeming double standards of the press.
Case 1: A family on a foreign holiday leave their three year old daughter in an unlocked hotel room with her two younger siblings whilst Mum and Dad go off for dinner down the road. The three-year-old disappears. After much speculation, people start to wonder if the parents may have been at fault in some way and accusations fly. The parents end up winning libel damages for thousands of pounds.
Case 2: A single mother on holiday abroad leaves her fifteen-year-old daughter in one area whilst she and her boyfriend move on to another area. The daughter is raped and murdered. The mother is accused of negligence and is currently in hiding over fears over her safety.
Now, in both cases, I believe the parents have done some wrong in leaving their children alone in a foreign country, no matter how nearby they are. But there are differences here:
Question 1: Would you leave your three-year-old daughter and her two younger siblings alone at home, with the door unlocked whilst you went to the shops?
Question 2: Would you leave your fifteen-year-old daughter alone at home, with the door unlocked, whilst you went to the shops?
I can guess that your answer to question 1 would be a resounding “No way! That would be irresponsible!” and that your answer to question 2 would be “Yes, I think that at 15 my daughter can be trusted for a short while to look after herself.”
In case 1, the young daughter would not have been able to go missing if she had not been left alone in that room. In case two, you can be any age and get raped and murdered, irrespective of whether you are with people or alone.
Once again, I will reiterate that I don’t agree with the actions of either set of parents, but the double standards shown in the press coverage of these stories really gets my goat. Could one of the main reasons be that Maddy’s parents are professionals and Scarlett’s mum is a Single Mum who lives a bit of a hippy lifestyle? Neither of those circumstances should have any bearing on the perception of the cases. If one family gets it in the neck for being negligent enough to leave their child unattended, then so should the other – and none of them should be awarded money for anything said about them.
And of course, it goes without saying, that none of them should ever be up for “Parent of the Year” awards.