Nursery Rhymes are quite dark

Part of having children is teaching them nursery rhymes so they can sing along and learn the actions, this is getting them to interact with others and teaches them basic skills such as copying and encouraging talking.

It was only the other day when I put on some nursery rhymes and soon realised that quite a few of them don’t end in very good ways and are quite dark yet we sing them anyway.

Nursery Rhymes have been around for a long time and have been passed down through generations. our grand parents sang them to our parents, they sang them to us and we sing the to our children.

Just to prove it here are a few rhymes that ended badly..

Three Blind Mice
Three Blind Mice

Three Blind Mice

Three blind mice.

Three blind mice.

See how they run.

See how they run.

They all ran after the farmer’s wife, Who cut off their tails with a carving knife, Did you ever see such a sight in your life, As three blind mice.

Now I have a few questions, how unfortunate were these mice that they were all blind and happened to wander into a kitchen where the farmer’s wife not only leaves them blind but now tail less.

How did they chase her? There blind!

Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men.

Couldn’t put Humpty together again!

If you were a giant egg wouldn’t on top of a wall be the last place you would sit.

I get all of the kings men trying their hardest to help out poor Humpty and fair play to them but I wasn’t aware horses were big jigsaw  fans and thought “hey while were here we might as well give it a go”

Poor Humpty is now cracked on the floor I just hope they found some bacon and didn’t let him go to waste.

Rock a Bye Baby
Rock a Bye Baby

Rock a Bye Baby

Rock a Bye Baby

Hush a by baby on the tree top.

When the wind blows the cradle will rock.

When the bough breaks the cradle will fall.

Down tumbles baby cradle and all.

I think I may have to call child line on this one, I mean who puts a baby on top of a tree to go to sleep??!

On a windy night to make matters worse no wonder the cradle fell!

Also that’s it that is the end of the nursery rhyme, the baby fell out of the tree and nobody knows what happened anyway sweet dreams.

There are loads of examples if you look hard enough into it, think I will stick to the good old wheels on the bus

Daddy Giraffe x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack and Jill

Rock a bye baby

3 little monkeys

 

Getting to know you – when Cloudy met Raffi

Getting to know the bloggers I interact with on a daily basis has been fun and I have met new and interesting people along the way.

I have the privileged of getting to know one of my favourite bloggers this time and her answers were more than I can of asked for.

Please take the time to read the latest addition to Getting to know You featuring TL Wright @infofromcloud.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’ve never been the full loaf, but rather than except that and wave my freak flag I kept the lid on the pressure cooker and tried to fit in where I don’t; a square trying to fit in a round peg. Working in the legal industry the majority of my life did nothing to help this situation. Whilst everyone around me rocked their pinstripes and braces I entered the meetings with bird cage hoop earrings  and Spiderman rings.

On the outside I was ticking the boxes. I worked for a managing partner and I associate solicitor, I was three years into a legal degree but on the inside I was deflating quicker than a souffle.

It’s strange how the worst things are the making of us, I had a breakdown, I ended up in A&E and most shockingly of all I asked for help. I had counselling, a lot of support and little by little I rebuilt myself.

As Craig David himself advised I walked away.  I took a just over a year out from the rat race and then something clicked as I attempted the ironing and cursed the amount of washing. I realised how useless it was trying to deny who I am and decided to stop.

Now I accept I am Khaleesi, chaser of children and first to the toilet.

Since then I resumed my love of writing, I wrote Little Black Cloud which is just a collection of ramblings and feelings as I went through my journey of recovery which I hoped might help someone else and my fingers haven’t stopped treading the keyboard since.

What made you take up blogging?

Full disclosure, I didn’t really know what blogging was or WordPress (which I thought was an upgraded version of Microsoft Word).  It was more of a happy accident, not too dissimilar to when I discovered I was pregnant for the first time but minus the toothpaste drool as I stared in wonder at the violated plastic stick.  Whilst I enjoy the freefall of writing longer novels and fiction, I enjoy the ‘bite size’ fun blogging provides and the freedom to talk about a variety of topics.

What would you say your profile picture say about you?

That my hair is prone to frizz. 

Do you prefer day time or night time?

I would have to say twilight – I’m a night owl.  Whilst I enjoy early mornings, when the roads are quiet and the sun is just beginning to raise its head, I get most of my ideas in half light. 

If your friends could describe you in one word what do you think it would be?

I dread to think, plus I’m a billy no mates (begins to sing All By Myself and waves lighter in the air).

Whats your fondest memory?

Probably a family holiday to America when I was 10.  Were talking bowl cuts, matching outfits and bum bags (or as the yanks prefer to call them ‘fanny packs’ *giggles*) but it was such an amazing trip.

Do you have any hobbies?

Does the husband count?  Mainly writing/swimming/drinking.

What annoys you?

Mashed up words like ‘prinks’ and ‘flanter’ and people who are unnecessarily mean.

What makes you happy?

Books

BBQ Pringles

Rainbows

Ink

Peaky Blinders

Stranger Things

Game of Thrones

Writing

Oh and I better throw in the family for good measure as well

If you were stranded on a desert island with 3 things what would they be? 

Bacardi, wet wipes and a Walkman

Can you tell us something that nobody would know about you?

I tattooed a half sleeve on my husband with a set we bought online.  To be fair once I got the hang of it I didn’t do a bad job although I wish I’d have waited for the pig skins for practice before attempting the first bash on my thigh – thank god I used light green ink instead of black.

OK now some quick fire questions…..

Night or Day?

Night

Sweet or Sour?

Sweet

Summer or Winter?

Summer every time – my joints can’t take the winter anymore, my dances with wolves name this season has been #KeeperOfBlankets

Hot or Cold?

Hot

Leader or Follower?

Can I go with a bit of both #HalfwayHappy

Cat or Dog?

Dog

Wealthy & Sad or Poor & Happy?

Again, I’d have to say #HalfwayHappy – don’t get me wrong I’m a firm believer that  money doesn’t make you happy.  As the prisoner of Shawshank wisely counselled, salvation lies within, but a little wonga in the bank does make life a lot easier.  There’s nothing worse than getting ripped off selling half your worldly possessions just to be able to treat the kids at Christmas.  Although I would say above all else I put more value on happiness than financial gain.  Some of my happiest memories are with my husband, back in our tiny flat, when we’d only just moved in and were sleeping on air beds and making a cup of tea out of an empty pot noodle pot.

And Finally can you please tell us something you like about yourself?

This is something I try to work on, as I always had a very healthy distaste of myself for a long time.  I could point out my flaws quicker than McGraw.  I will say I’m fond of my freckles and I possess the enthusiasm of a puppy, and I’m incredibly loyal to those I love.

 

Thank you very much for being part of my getting to know you series, I wish you all the best in the future with whatever you’re doing.

If you want to read more from from this blogger you can by following the following links:

http://www.cloudblogramblings.com

https://twitter.com/infofromcloud

Daddy Giraffe x

 

 

 

 

Blogging blockage

I’ve been sat at this laptop for a while now trying to find something to write about and all I have been able to do it google how to make my own ravioli, I may be coming down with a serious case of BLOGGING BLOCKAGE!!

For those who don’t know what this is or have ever suffered from this let me enlighten you on this.

Blogging blockage is where you know you need to write about something that we get people reading but all you can think is nothing at all then start looking at random stuff on good old google.

Usually this is a case of where you should just give up for the day and let it come to you naturally but what if it never does?

You all know more about my children by now than I do!

So I decided to write about writer’s block, authors suffer it and so do bloggers, so how do we fix this is there a magic trick or a site we can go to with blogging ideas.

Mind Blank
Mind Blank

Looking on my site I have done loads of posts about everything ranging from Mental Health to children’s cartoons and it’s nice that people go out of their way to read them and sometimes even comment.

I have also been blessed with people contacting me to be featured on my blog which gives me a sense of what I am trying to do is going in the right direction and im getting closer to my goal of raising awareness.

So in conclusion I have the perfect solution to blogging blockage and that is to put my laptop away make a cup of tea and maybe even treat myself to some biscuits.

The blogging can wait for a while it will still be here when I finally have something worth writing about!

Daddy Giraffe x

 

 

 

 

Wanting to learn sign language

Before I get old…well older, there are certain things that I am wanting to do and learning sign language is one of them.

When Freddie was little he used to watch a Children’s Program which I’m sure you have all heard of, this program is Something Special.

This is a program which stars Justin Fletcher, he meets with children that have special needs and explores days out which learning new things using sign language.

In this he plays a character called Mr Tumble who both Freddie and now Bethie are obsessed with to the point of when they would sing bed time stories or said thank you they would do it using sign from what they saw on the program.

Mr Tumble
Mr Tumble

After doing some research in to sign language I found that Deafness is not only the 3rd most common disability in the world but its estimated that 9 million people in UK alone are deaf.

 With my dad just becoming blind and my on a quest to raise awareness for mental health I find that im wanting to learn sign language especially when im looking to go into the caring industry looking after the young and elderly.

So how will I go about this, I have learnt some basic Makaton signs from good old Youtube but I will need to do some kind of course to actually get anywhere or I will just be wandering around signing Hello and Sandwich!

So do any of my friend out there know sign language and are willing to give me pointers or guide me in the right direction on what to do.

In this multicultural world we should not only have the options of learning other languages in school but the option of learning basic sign for people in schools that are hard of hearing or when you go out into the real world and meet someone and it will make the barrier between you easier.

Thank you for reading!

Daddy Giraffe x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fear is it really just a word?

FEAR – Meaning an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain or harm.

As humans we are subject to many different emotions such as happiness, sadness, guilt and one of the strongest emotions is fear!

This is an emotion that tends to consume people as causes them to go into what is called fight or flight mode which in a time of crisis can save your life.

Fear comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, people have phobias about almost everything for instance Phobophobia is a fear of phobias which just shows how strong this emotion is.

There are 3 things that make me very nervous and sweat, these things are…

Clowns
Clowns

Now this dislike was way before the original film IT came out, which I like actually Tim Curry played it so well.

No it’s not that im scared of clowns it’s I just don’t trust them!

Covered in all that make up, I can’t see who’s underneath which unnerves me and makes me very wary so I tend to avoid them if I can.

Needles
Needles

Not a big fan at all and this just doesn’t come down to my own injections but taking my children for they shots as well.

Now I know it is only a sharp scratch and once it’s done it’s all over so the pain is only for like seconds but its the anticipation that gets me every time.

You just can’t brace yourself enough to be stabbed by a sharp pointy bit of metal is the most tender parts of your body while the take out stuff that’s meant to stay inside your body.

I remember once having my blood taken in A&E the doctors took 3 tubes then on the way out he dropped them on the floor resulting in more injections in my other arm…not the best day of my life.

Spiders
Spiders

This is the biggest of all!!

Have you seen the old Tom & Jerry cartoons when the woman sees Jerry and stands on a chair screaming?

Yeah well that’s me but im sure I squeal much higher than she does.

So much so I couldn’t even put up a pic of a spider so I had to put up Lucas the friendly Spider but make no bones about it Lucas you come into my house you will meet my shoe my big eyed friend.

The question is can fears be conquered?

In my opinion yes they can if your willing to try, I’m scared of needles but I give blood every few months to help those who will need it some day.

I hate clowns but if I saw one running at me in the street I would roundhouse his ass!!

Spiders on the other hand is hard but I have heard there is an app where it cures your phobia but making it seem like your holding one.

No thank you I will pass…I would rather fight a bear, while covered in honey which I just stolen from a hive that pissed of the queen bee.

Anyone can do anything with their mind set in the right place but I think with a little bit of fear in all of this keep us balanced and grounded.

Fear is just a word!

Well until I see a giant spider dressed  as a clown holding a needle then you will see fear and possibly a grown man cry.

Daddy Giraffe x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Loves with Daddy Giraffe

A short while ago I posted a piece on my top 5 hates which included things like rudeness and early morning wake up calls.

This time im going to write about the lighter side of thing so this is Daddy Giraffes top 5 Loves.

5. Biscuits

Chocolate Hobnob
Chocolate Hobnob

I never ever was a sweet person, I didn’t really have sugar in my tea or coffee and ate very little in the way of chocolate BUT then I had children and discovered how awesome biscuits are!!

I  gained a little addiction at one point where I was always trying different types to try and find the best biscuit in the world, which happens to be in my opinion the all mighty chocolate Hobnob, an indestructible biscuit that meets all needs.

From anyone I have asked this biscuit is always within their top 3, it’s a good job I have a fast metabolism or I would be 50 stone!

4. Musicals 

Rocky Horror
Rocky Horror

I’m a big fan of musicals and always have been, I have watched most of them from The Phantom of the Opera to Annie.

My top Musical of all time up until 2 weeks ago was always The Rocky Horror Picture Show, I loved everything about it and from The Phantom of the Opera to Oliver but my favourite musical of all time until 2 weeks ago was The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

At one point was given tickets to see it live and on the front row but I chickened out as I was right in the sight of being pulled on stage and having to dress up, so I gave them away but regretted it instantly.

My new favourite musical is The Greatest Showman, I was a bit dubious about the reviews but they were all right it is amazing, I was entertained from start to finish and now listen to the soundtrack which never gets old.

3. The Lion King

Lion King
Lion King

My favourite Film of all time!!

This may come as a shock as I’m a big Bruce Lee fan and I even had all of his films but now at my grand old age of 34 Lion King is hands down my favourite film.

How can you not like a story about a small lion who cant wait to be king!

I have always wanted to see the Lion King musical but it’s always in London and I hate London it to busy for me so I will just wait and hope it comes on the TV at some point.

Hakuna Matata

2. Martial Arts

Martial Arts
Martial Arts

My life has surrounded Martial Arts from a young age, I was big into kickboxing when I was younger entering various competitions then I saw MMA for the first time on TV and was instantly hooked.

I took up MMA when it was brand new, all of my friends at school had just seen it coming out and I was actually doing it at the time.

I progressed through the years going to different gyms and doing different fight coming with different injury’s and broken bones.

Now days I watch it on the TV and follow it heavily from the more famous UFC shows to the lesser known Cage Warriors and Bamma.

Top Love is of course my Family

Hand Holding
Freddie & Bethie Holding Hands

Of course it is why wouldn’t it been anything else.

I love every single one of my children and I am so proud of how they are growing up and I really look forward to seeing what kind of people they all grow up to be.

Every single one of the kids have the chance to change the world and I truly believe one of them will.

I love Cheryl very much and couldn’t have pictured my children with anyone else, shes an amazing person and an even better mother, they really couldn’t ask for more.

So my top love is always my family.

Daddy Giraffe x

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Pet Hates

There are certain things in life that people love and hate, we are all different in all sorts of ways, these are Daddy Giraffes Top 5 pet Hates

HATES

5. Rudeness – This stems to all sorts of rudeness, like when you open a door for someone to walk through and they completely ignore you with so much as a thank you or when you in the middle of a conversation with someone and they will pull out there phone and start typing but you feel you have to keep talking anyway but feel stupid for doing so.

rudeness
rudeness

4. Stubbing my toe – Now I am a huge fan of MMA and when I was younger did a lot of kickboxing and MMA through the years, so im used to being punched and kicked.

With this comes broken bones, I have broken my nose twice, my right hand once and cracked my top 2 ribs but my god when I stub my toe it’s the worst pain I have ever felt!

It’s always the little toe as well which makes it worse, as well as this when you stub your toe you instantly hate the world and everything in it!!

stubbed toe
stubbed toe

3. Waking up early – Now this isn’t in general because im up early everyday with the kids, im talking about when its your turn for a lie in and you think great no 6am for me and you guarantee 5:30am PING! your eyes open…damn it im awake.

Now im awake you can bet that none of the babies are awake yet though because this is the day they have decided to have themselves a lie in.

early wake up
early wake up

2. Morning calf cramp – If you haven’t ever had this you are one of the lucky people in life, if you have had this you will feel my pain.

So you wake up and the first thing you do is have a little stretch in bed and suddenly you calf cramps up solid and spasms, you can’t do a damn thing apart from swear and try to massage it out while continuously shouting f**k f**k f**k!!

calf cramp
calf cramps

That one song – You could hear it on the radio in the morning or it could be as simple as hearing one of your children’s TV program theme tunes and then that’s it, for the rest of the day your singing it, humming it or making your own words up to it.

Yesterday I spent the day singing fashion show with my one year old…the sad thing was I was the one who started it!

song in head
song in head

So there my top pet hates, next post will be my top 5 loves.

Let me know your pet hates in life that keep happening to you.

Daddy Giraffe x

 

Things you can get away with if you have kids

As you grow older there’s certain things in life you cannot do now because its frowned upon.

But when you have children a whole new world opens up to you and you can do things that you wouldn’t normally be able to do or get away with.

Here are  my top things you can get away with as an adult if you have children…

Cartoons

Now as a kid we all loved cartoons growing up and thought what we watched was far better than any of the television they has today.

As an adult you grow up and start watching adult films like horrors, action and what ever takes your fancy so you have no time for children’s TV as it seems well…weird!

But when you have children it’s the normal thing to do is get up in the early hours of the morning and put on cartoons, for instance I was awake at 5am this morning and the first thing I opened my eyes to was Paw Patrol.

If I didn’t have older children I wouldn’t have known the program Gumball even existed as I find it highly hilarious!!

Snacking

Healthy eating is one of the things we try to do as adults, to lose some weight for summer or just to feel better but when you have kids this is more tricky than you think.

When you have a hungry 3 year old in the back of the car who has been sat there for a while and been very good you may find yourself treating them to a MacDonald’s…by treating them I mean treating me as I can’t possibly let them eat it by themselves what kind of parent would that make me.

Splashing in puddles

My little one loves nothing more than to do this with his wellie boots and splash away.

We have all been tempted to do this at one point but i’m pretty sure if I was to go out alone and do this now I would be taken away by some lovely people in white coats but whack a coat on the toddler and out splashing we go!

Soft Play

What can I say soft play is amazing, you go in there with the intention of looking after your child for adult supervision but you end up running around like a loon and sliding down the slide while your child watches for the bottom floor.

Yesterday Freddie was invited to a birthday party where its a room full of trampolines and foam pits, of course again Freddie needed supervising as he is only 3 and guess who got to go??

That’s right me!

I spend a good hour flipping, jumping and throwing Freddie into the foam pits that I pulled a muscle in my neck and soon realised I’m getting old.

Having kids has its advantages but there’s nothing more satisfying than just have a cuddle with you child while reading them a story all comfy and warm.

Daddy Giraffe x

 

Living with BPD guest post with Terri

I have decided to do another guest post where people talk about there day to day life while living with a Mental Illness.
This week I have Terri who has kindly let me ask her some questions to find an incite of what it is like living with this illness while raising children and balancing life.
Enjoy the read….
1. Tell us about yourself 

Hey, I’m Terri. I am 26 years old and a mother to 3 awesome little guys. I like reading, drawing, singing and playing games (basically most things that mean I don’t have to actually go outside) I spend a good chunk of my days with the children and doing housework or hiding out in my bedroom.

2. When did you get diagnosed with Mental Health issues and what was you diagnosed with?

I was first diagnosed with Depression when I was 11 years old. After many years of trial and error we all later found out that it wasn’t actually Depression but I in fact had a Borderline Personality Disorder, to this day I still have to have regular tests and what not just so the doctors are 100% sure they’ve picked up on everything.

3. How does this effect your everyday living? 

Sometimes I can’t function like a normal adult should be able to, sometimes I can’t get out of bed, sometimes I can’t get dressed, sometimes I can’t leave the house, sometimes life feels that hard for me I struggle to even say a few words. Sometimes I have to lock myself away from the world and people because I am on a roller coaster of emotions and the thing that could have triggered me is literally something as small as a dirty tea spoon.

4. How do you keep yourself calm in stressful situations? 

Exercise, I kid you not, no matter where I am if I feel something is really stressing me out and I feel I might start panicking or having a random anxiety attack I will get up or stop whatever I am doing and start doing jumping jacks, or jogging on the spot… I have also been known to drop down at my parents house before and start doing crunches.. Crazy I know, but it’s something that I have found really has been helping… even if I do look like a complete weirdo in public.

5. Do you feel people’s opinions have changed towards you since you were diagnosed?

I think a lot of people don’t know how to treat me, so they treat me like I’m broken. Some people see me as something they need to fix, which really isn’t the case, you can’t fix me.. It’s just who I am.. Me as a person hasn’t changed but I think it does help some people understand why I am the way I am sometimes. I did initially fall out and lose a few friends because they didn’t know how to act around me, they didn’t know what they could say, couldn’t say.. And some people just flat out refused to accept that I had a problem and said that it was just an excuse for me to not be in full time work (which is something I do want eventually when I’ve got a hold on things)

6. Why did you start blogging?

I don’t get out a lot, I’ll be honest here, I don’t interact with people outside of my house as much as I should be, and I thought I’ll blog, I’ll give people an insider’s view on what it’s like living with something that can literally cripple me in seconds.. Hopefully so people can understand me a bit more, and not freak out if they think they’ve said something that offends me.. I kinda want to normalise my issues in the hopes that maybe someone else will look at me like I’m normal for a change.

7. What are your future goals?

I want to be a teacher. I want to get a hold of all my mental health issues, I want to be able to control myself in stressful situations and I want to go back to college and become an English teacher to maybe teach abroad some day… It’s a bit of a pipeline dream to be honest, because I don’t think I will ever 100% have a hold of my issues so that I’ll be able to function in that kind of setting, but it’s something I can try to aim towards personally.

8. Tell me something good about yourself?

Hmm, Bit of a hard question since I spend majority of my time bringing myself down… Sense of humour? I have a pretty dark sense of humour but I’ve been told I’m pretty funny as well.

Thank you once again Terri it was very brave for you to open up like this and I wish you all the best in the future.
If you want to read more about Terri you can see it on her own blogging page…
Daddy Giraffe x

YouTubers that are ok to let your children watch

With more and more people watching YouTube these days and all of the videos that are not suitable to watch, How do you know what and who to let your children watch. Here are Daddy Giraffes top 5 YouTubers suitable for your little ones.

5. Mr Tumble

We all know who Mr Tumble is and yes after a few episode he is very annoying with his spotty bag and Aunt Polly act but what he does teach is sign language to all children, easy enough for my 3 year old to pick up and he can still tell you words in sign to this day.

There is a reason he has been around for so long and that is because he is bright, colourful and not afraid to make a fool out of himself.

Mr Tumble
Mr Tumble

4. Blippi

No I know what you’re all thinking who the hell is Blippi??

I didn’t know who it was either until Freddie was saying he wanted to watch Blippi a few times and I searched him.

For those who don’t know who he is, he is an American YouTuber who dresses in Orange and Blue with a bow tie and cap, he teaches children about all sorts of things while going to places like the zoo, soft plays and museums. He does all of this whilst combining fun and comedy to help teach children about the world.

Blippi
Blippi

3. Baby Bus

Out of all the YouTubers Freddie and Bethe could have picked they chose this Japanese programme and they absolutely love it, this is called BabyBus.

This program teaches children everything from how you should behave at the dinner table to colours and what to do in serious situations like fires and earthquakes.

The characters are all animals and the songs they sing will have you singing them all day without realising it at the most awkward times.

BabyBus
BabyBus

2. Steve and Maggie

Steve is an English teacher who chose to teach children through YouTube with the help of a puppet of a Magpie called Maggie who does magic.

He does it all, he sings songs, teaches children words and the meanings of them along with getting the children to repeat words.

It’s fun, catchy and I have to admit it works as Freddie has learnt new words to add to his vocabulary where we didn’t even know where it came from.

He has a song called Fashion Show which my 1 year old walks around singing and she’s only seen it once while passing.

  1. Ryan’s Toy Review

If you have children you will know who this is.

This is a YouTuber called Ryan who started around 3/4 years old and all he was doing was simply reviewing toys…that’s it!

The children love it and he is viewed millions and millions of times per day, now he reviews more expensive toys, does games and challenges and now Vlogs with his parents which has taken them to a whole new level.

I have to say there’s a reason this little boy gets the views he does and it’s because kids can relate to him and it hooks them in.

No nonsense…no swearing….just a kid opening toys…simple!

Ryan toy review
Ryan toy review

Daddy Giraffe x

*Images taken from google images*