Being a small boy can be tiring; always on the go, running around, screaming, weeing on the floor, pouring Cheerios everywhere, it is an exhausting business. So every so often we like to give him a pyjama morning.
There’s probably a really good scientific reason why children just need a bit of downtime every so often, we adults do, so I can’t see there being much difference for little ones.
Our small boy leads a busy life, he goes to nursery 3 days a week, playgroup one morning. We go on endless walks and park visits. His weekends are usually a whirlwind of Dads & Tots playgroup, swimming, birthday parties and seeing friends and relatives. We have to fit a lot into his week, I get tired, so he must do too. An occasional lazy pj morning is a huge treat.
I do love our pyjama mornings. We snuggle in bed with some breakfast and get the ipad out. He knows how to work it better than most, so he opens YouTube and starts watching what he wants. He’s 3, he likes to watch Curious George, Thomas the Tank Engine, Fireman Sam and Chuggington.
How lovely, you might think. But he doesn’t just watch the English episodes. He’ll happily spend a happy hour or so working through the back catalogue of Polish Fireman Sam, or German Curious George.
Lately he’s discovered a YouTube channel where a slightly odd man demonstrates and plays with Chuggington toys. He loves them. He loves watching other people play with toys online. It seems a bit weird to me, but it makes him happy. I guess it’s the modern equivalent of my brother spending hours pouring over the toy pages of the Argos catalogue.
Right now, this very minute, I’m sat in bed in my pjs typing this. He’s sat in bed next to me in his pjs, watching Chuggington and enjoying some milk and what’s left of an Easter egg. He’s happy, I’m happy. I’ll switch the laptop off in a few minutes and we’ll cuddle up and watch something together, he’ll stroke my hair absent-mindedly while we enjoy a few quiet moments together.
I think our pj mornings are just as special as all the lovely busy things we get to do together. I think it’s important that he just gets to relax, snuggle with mummy and not always be on the go, doing, doing, doing. Sometimes it’s just nice to just be.