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Sleep, Food & Happiness

Today’s one of those days, Sophie is tired and needed more sleep last night than she got. Because she’s tired, she does not eat so much. End result – verbal outburst, and generally unacceptable behaviour. The same can be true of Millie, but so far she’s on good form today. However, whether it is a twin thing or not, there is a uncanny game of behavioural tag between the two of them. I’m not sure I’d have believed it until you see it in action. We first saw it when they were babies, one would cry for some time then stop and the other would take over, and then switch back again. One minute, one of them is losing it over something, then almost instantaneously, they calm down and a few minutes later the other twin lauches into it. As parents, it can be exhausting to put it mildly. There are occasions when the girls head out for school and Jo and I say “what just happened?” before having to get on with the day. One day if they’re not careful, we’ll post a video on the blog, for all to see just how petty it all is.

We have learn that the girls are like Duracell bunnies, they need to be topped up with healthy food to manage their energy levels. Get that right and we are halfway there. If we can get them to sleep and not read all night that helps as well. They love reading, so getting their heads out of books can sometimes be a challenge especially when we need to go and do something that they don’t want to.

Then there’s the challenge of TV, computers, Ipods, DS, Ipads, Wiis, Kindles etc etc – anything electronic. It seems to be a constant challenge to find a balance getting the girls moving and allowing to them to learn to use computers etc. I found a great video which discussed the need for exercise and the minimum amount of time we should be active. When you sit and think about some days of getting up and working and then maybe watching some TV in the evening, it is easy to see how sedatory we’ve become. So Jo and I have increased the amount of exercise we’re doing, to try to influence the girls. Jo’s now kick boxing 3 or 4 times a week, I’m playing hockey twice a week and trying to get out on my bike, or do other active things such as walking for half an hour each lunch time. I will ramp it up further as we go through summer and I get fitter. Despite the initial grumbles we are getting the girls out orienteering once again, which they enjoy once they are doing it, they just have to get over the thought of leaving the computer or couch.

I started writing this before lunch, and par for the course, Sophie’s got food in her and now the happy, loving daughter once again, making cups of tea for all, but Millie’s picked up the Ipad. Time to get out of the house and get active together….

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