I have some confessions to make
- I own not one but two sonic screwdrivers that also function as remote controls. Mainly because I like being able to wave my sonic and have it do stuff.
- I requested and had my mother knit for me a full size, colour correct Fourth Doctor scarf which I accepted with glee for my birthday and she swore never to attempt again.
- I have done multiple Who themed photo shoots with Bear and dressed him as the Eleventh Doctor for his first Halloween party. Everyone thought he was a hipster. Philistines!
So you’ve probaby guessed by now I’m a Whovian from way back. During Bear’s life I’ve revisited it quite a bit to keep me awake during night feeds, or sitting up while teething/sick and I realised it has a lot to say about being a parent. So without further ado, here are 6 lessons from the Doctor about motherhood.
There is no point in being a grown up if you cant be a little childish sometimes
This. A thousand times this. Sometimes you’ve just got to ignore the washing up, get down on the floor and play. Childhood is fleeting and the best lesson I could give to anyone with kids is to embrace your inner child and learn how to play again.
Books! The best weapons in the world!
There’s a thousand studies that tell you how important reading to a child is. What I wasn’t prepared for is how fun it is. There is nothing more awesome to me than seeing Bear practically hold his breath with anticipation because he knows Scarface Claw is on the next page. A love of reading means you travel to a thousand different worlds all without leaving your bedroom and is the greatest possible gift any parent can give their child.
They are fast. Faster than you can believe. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink. Good Luck.
Toddlers and Weeping Angels have a lot in common. They can cover a ridiculous amount of distance quickly and as soon as you blink or look away the trouble begins. And my god do they ever get into trouble quickly.
900 years of time and space I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important
When Bear was a newborn I was so preoccupied with being the best mum ever, I sort of abandoned myself. It took me a long time to realise that I was important too. Taking care of your child to the detriment of yourself will just burn you out. I also noticed that the less I took care of myself the more stressed Bear grew. Once I took some time out and came back rested and refreshed, he was happier too.
Would You Like A Jelly Baby?
Always bring snacks. Everywhere. Bring more than you think they can possibly eat then add a banana because bananas are good. Children don’t just get hungry, they get hangry. And hell hath no fury like a hangry toddler.
Bow Ties/Fezzes/Glasses/Bunk Beds/Stetsons Are Cool
This one isn’t parenting related per say but it’s important advice that I intend to pass on to my own little Dalek. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t love something. I was scared of being thought of as a dork my whole life so I pretended not to love things. Anyone who makes fun of you for being enthusiastic over something is not worth your time.
Have you had a parenting realization inspired by an an unlikely source? Let me know in the comments!