For Situation Separation, TJ’s dad and I agreed to do some co-parenting. We decided to spend one weekend day a month as a three and do something lovely with the time.
In the run-up to Christmas, a trip to see Stick Man on stage was just the ticket. It’s currently playing at the Leicester Square Theatre so it was also a perfect opportunity to take TJ to see London dressed for the season. He just loves the ‘pretty lights’. Stick Man is a firm favourite with my two-year-old toddler. We have the book, the DVD and the soft toy – the latter of which came with us to see the show on a sunny but chilly November Sunday.
The stage adaptation by Scamp Theatre does take on quite a different feel to the book and the animated version, but that’s no bad thing as it’s largely upbeat with lots of songs, comedy and audience participation. The small cast of three, play the various roles by expertly slipping from character to character to chart Stick Man’s journey back to the family tree. This had an audience of little people totally enthralled and giggling away – TJ included. I think lots of the parents enjoyed it too, I know that I did.
This was TJ’s third trip to the theatre having seen The Gruffalo and also a dinosaur show with his grandparents. Seeing his little face beaming up at the stage was truly a picture perfect moment – the memory of which will last a lifetime, for his dad and I.
Co-parenting isn’t easy. We both step away from our newly single lives to temporarily regress to a former state. Sometimes, a bit of baggage comes with that. Sometimes, it’s hard to keep it going. Sometimes, it may not work at all. But, we will keep trying no matter what because I want TJ to see us as a three-person family unit.
Amongst the singing and slapstick comedy in the theatre production, the sentiment of Stick Man shone through. I had to choke back the tears when Stick Man’s Lady Love said it won’t feel like Christmas Day without the family together. TJ will be spending December 25 with his dad this year, so that cut me like a very sharp knife.
But, the whole of December is full of the magic of Christmas, so I am not letting one day on the calendar dictate when I can enjoy some festive fun with my little man. Despite a couple of tantrums and the lack of a nap on the way to the show, Stick Man was a fabulous way to enjoy some family fun – I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Stick Man is showing daily until January 7, 2018, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and January 2. Tickets are available here.
Jude is a 30-something mum-of-one who charts her adventures as a single parent while juggling her kid with a career. There’s no sugar-coating the truth with Jude – she tells it as she sees it, hears it, lives it and experiences it. But, this isn’t a how-to guide to parenting – sometimes, it’s quite the opposite! Jude isn’t ashamed to admit to her own flaws whether that’s in raising her son or navigating the ups and downs of relationships. She hopes to show other parents out there – single or otherwise – that they are not alone with the tantrums, tears and all that goes with it. But, above all, Jude wants to show what a fabulous experience parenting is – for just when we all need that reminder of why we signed up to the mum/dad role in the first place!