Miss Frugal seems to be growing up very quickly and I’m only a year or so away from the dreaded Kevin and Perry moment when she’ll turn 13 and I’ll be the parent of a teenager! I’m not even thinking about that just yet though, I’m just enjoying the fact that she still wants to spend time with me.
As much as I love the fact that she likes to do things with me, I think a lot of it’s down to the fact that I try to do things with her that I know she likes to do. She’s not going to want to spend time with me if I’m sat on my phone or at my laptop so I do things that I know she’ll enjoy doing.
We do things like mini home spa nights where I let her paint my nails and we do each others make up.
She likes drawing so we sometimes go somewhere just to sketch and I even learnt to loom band with her because it’s something she enjoys doing.
Sometimes, we make mocktails together and sit and drink them in the garden with our coats on while she catches me up on all of her gossip and I savour every moment because I know that it probably won’t always be like this.
Another thing we’ve been enjoying doing together is watching TV which sounds off I know! We don’t watch any of the soaps or any other shows like that but we do love to watch the Great British Bake Off and we love a good girly film night.
The problem is that over the past year or so we’ve been having a girly film night once a week so we’ve seen a lot of the films that we want to see and it got to the point where we were spending more time choosing a film than actually watching it so we thought we’d see if we could find a box set that we could enjoy watching together.
Thankfully, we have Netflix so we have plenty to choose from and after a couple of stops and starts with different TV shows, we finally settled on 90210 which is rated 12+ so she’s almost there. She is loving watching it and actually, I am too (don’t tell anyone though). It’s very similar to the 90210 that I used to watch when I was her age in that it covers lots of current teen issues with lots of glamour and romance thrown in.
We’ve had some very interesting conversations off the back of the show and she often pauses it to ask me to explain something to her – whether it’s something she’s heard on there that she doesn’t really understand or just to have a chat about the way someone is behaving. She has the remote control and it’s great the way she pauses to discuss things.
Now I just need ideas for our next box set as we’ll be finished with 90210 soon – there’s so many on there that we’re a bit spoilt for choice so and ideas would be greatfully received!
Disclosure: Although we’ve had Netflix for several years, we’ve recently been asked to be part of their #StreamTeam to share our love of Netflix with you. I received an Ipad mini as a welcome to the #StreamTeam but this doesn’t infuence my opinion in any way – I love them as much as I did before. 🙂