Monday, 18 June 2018

Motherhood & Guilt

Right now my children are on YouTube. I've just emptied the dishwasher, took the rubbish out and whipped the hover round.

Now I could go upstairs and see them both or I could have a cup of tea and faff on my phone.

You guessed it I'm on phone.

Shit bad mother alert!

Guilt. It's always there. I've always been a working mother and therefore time is always split.

In my previous job I felt like a crap employee and a crap mother. Neither had my full attention. Neither was fulfilled properly. I was always rushing, always on a timetable.

Guilty if they were ill and I needed a day off work. Juggling and judging will a tiny bit of Calpol see us through the day.Winging it and breathing a sigh of relief when it was home time and everyone was ok.

Missed sports days. Missed celebration assemblies. Missed promotions & associated pay rises.

My children are getting older 7 and 11 and I'm in a new job. I still feel guilty but it's relented a little.  At work I leave 30 minutes before the normal team members (I start early instead) to pick my children up from school which makes me feel guilty that I'm not a team player but that's my only employment niggle so far.  I still have the missed assembly and sports day problems but we've all got used to it.  The kids don't mind its expected and I'm not the only one that doesn't turn up.  

I constantly have to remind myself my children are happy and healthy. Maybe too much YouTube here and there but we are doing ok.

Maybe guilt is a female thing. Maybe it's just whoever does the lions share of the school runs thing. Maybe its just a primary school age thing. Maybe its just a me thing.  Maybe this is a random ramble thing. But to end although I don't always think it of myself here's my positive message to you.  We are all doing a great job!

Winging it


Emberton Country Park

Emberton Country Park is a 200 acre park on the Great Ouse river.

Emberton is brilliant for cycling, picnics, fishing and has 3 play areas.  Enjoy the 5km of paths and trails which are mostly flat so accessible for wheelchair users and buggies. There is an onsite café with brilliant ice cream! You can camp and it has a small section of onsite caravans. 

We really enjoyed our visit and nice to see a few different items in the main children's play area.  My children loved the trampette and tube slide which was actually slidey (Sywell country park take note).

Emberton Country Park play equipment

Emberton Country Park play equipment

Emberton Country Park play equipment

Emberton Country Park play equipment

Emberton Country Park play equipment
It is £4.50 to park peak season and £2.60 in the winter. Fishing day tickets are available check website for most up to date  prices. Was £9.60 per adult, £5.20 OAP and Juniors and under 12's FREE summer 2018.

If you are looking for more parks and playgrounds in Northamptonshire then check out my guide Parks and playgrounds in Northamptonshire

Camping season 1st April to 31st October Gate House open 9am to 4.45pm daily and booking is essential. Touring Field is £23.40 per night and £27.00 with electric hook up. Rally Field £19.20 per night. Click on the link below for more information.

Camping & Caravanning


Harrold-Odell Country Park

Harrold-Odell country park is another lovely park on the River Ouse and located near the village of Harrold.  Parking is FREE but visitors are encouraged to leave a £1 donation. The park is made up of 2 large lakes with walks, play areas and a skate park.

On the day we visited the car park was busy but the park itself was quite relaxed and quiet.  Harrold-Odell made a lovely change from our usual haunts closer to home and was a very easy journey from Northampton (it is approximately 16 miles away).

Harrold-Odell play equipment

Harrold-Odell picnic area

Harrold-Odell play equipment - Skate Park

Harrold-Odell play equipment

The Park is open to visitors 365 days a year. The overspill car park closes at 5:00pm each day.  The Dragonfly café is open daily between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

If you are looking for more parks and playgrounds in Northamptonshire then check out my my guide Parks and playgrounds in Northamptonshire

More information can be found on the website Harrold-Odell Country Park

Harrold-Odell Country Park
Carlton Road 
MK43 7DS

Harrold-Odell Country Park
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