Kids and jetlag

We’ve just returned from a fabulous holiday in Canada.  The only downside is we’re now suffering from jetlag, Madame and I have been up since 2 am and she’s now on her second movie.  I don’t find it too bad when we travel to Canada.  We usually have a couple of days of her waking at 5.30 am but then she slips back into routine.  However, when we fly back to the UK we often struggle.

This made me wonder if it’s normal to struggle more from west to east than east to west.  With a bit of spare time on my hands I did a bit of reading.  Apparently, it is more difficult from west to east as you face bedtimes earlier than normal and it’s easier to keep yourself awake than it is to force yourself to sleep which makes perfect sense.  For example, when it’s 8pm here it’s only lunchtime in Canada.

Do you agree or disagree?

Any tips on how to crack it?

Now I just need to find something to do until Sainsbury’s opens.





The Gruffalo Live!

At the beginning of the week my daughter developed a fear of monsters.  I have no idea what triggered it.  Apparently, the monster comes out of her mirror and goes up the chimney.  My daughter isn’t a delicate soul and not many things frighten her, which can be worrying to us at times.  She will run up to strange dogs, has fallen out of trees and has no concept of stranger danger.  However, when I went into her room earlier in the week she was physically shaking so I removed the mirror.  Luckily, in the morning she asked to have it put back.

So, it probably wasn’t the best week to go and see the Gruffalo Live in the West End.  I was a bit nervous of taking her as I didn’t want to scar her for life but she absolutely loved it and so did I.  The performance is 55 minutes long, perfect for little ones.   It’s a 3 person show, obviously re-enacting the much loved children’s story but with songs and humour interjected.  My favourite character was the party animal snake.

I was relieved that she didn’t get frightened when the Gruffalo appeared.  I think the fact that his face wasn’t covered by the costume helped. I can now explain to her that the monster isn’t real and just a person.  Her fear of monsters seems to have disappeared for the time being.  Phew!

The Gruffalo is playing at the Garrick Theatre from the 24th Nov-16th January and tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 0844 412 4662.

Disclosure:  Our tickets were complimentary