Ringing the Bells

Ringing the Bell

Image from web: Anglican Diocese of Niagara

Last week, I decided to give Max a day off from preschool. Instead, we had a lie-in, then went to Friday Mass. I don’t get an opportunity to bring him often, so I thought it would be a good idea.

As we sat waiting for Father Robert to start Mass, one of the regulars asked Max if he would like to ring the bell. Not the small hand held one, but the main one the whole parish hears (example in photo above). He agreed, so off he and Teddy went. He was so pleased with himself! Unfortunately, I didn’t have my phone with me, so couldn’t take a picture.

Once home, Max tried to bless me, by running his index finger across my forehead, in a horizontal line, but forgetting to do the vertical one, and said “For my Kingdom”. I chuckled on the inside, because he combined a few of the last words from the Lord’s Prayer with the Blessing (instead of receiving the Offering).

Needless to say, he’s looking forward to ringing the bells again – even though he couldn’t quite do so by himself. To be fair, I don’t think I would be able to either!

Marvin Wanted More!

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One day, as Marvin watches his friends, he decides that he wants to be the biggest and the best sheep around. But how will Marvin get bigger and bigger? He’ll eat, of course.

Marvin doesn’t just eat a little, he eats A LOT. And the bigger he gets, the bigger he feels, so Marvin just wants MORE and MORE! He eats the flowers, grass, bushes and trees – he even eats the whole world!

Suddenly Marvin realises that he’s all alone. He’s eaten everything and, instead of making him feel better, it had only made him feel worse. So how will Marvin’s world get back to the way ot was before?

A brilliantly funny picture book about jealousy and friendship.

By Joseph Theobald

Pocket Money



Contents of Max’s money jar.

What is a good age for a child to start receiving pocket money?

I purchased play money for Max during the summer last year, which consisted of notes and coins. When he realised he couldn’t really use them, it wasn’t too long before he was more interested in the real money I was using to purchase items.

I think it is important for a child to know about money – for the purpose of learning how to save. A large amount is certainly not required, but perhaps, just enough for them to purchase an inexpensive toy after a few months. It gives them a sense of independence, and makes them appreciate their purchases even more.

Max loves to save. In fact, when I tell him he has enough to purchase a toy of his choice, he tells me he wants to use my money – not his!

I’m a Rockstar!

Max loves playing air guitar, so one of his Christmas presents from me was… a guitar!

Now, he runs around shouting “I’m a rockstar!”, making as much noise as possible, singing, strumming, and falling to his knees, whilst headbanging.

I’m glad he’s having fun, but I don’t think I thought this out properly!

Mini Versions

Where possible, I try purchase mini versions of what I buy for myself for Max. I find this works a treat! For example, Max refused to drink natural still water at home, until; 1) I realised he had to drink it at preschool, and 2) I started to purchase the small individual bottles for him.

I also found the same with the mouthwash. He considers himself a “big boy” now he has his own, and it encourages him to want to brush his teeth more.

A win-win situation!