Okay. They get out of bed really early, come down in their pyjamas and put the computer on and Tom wants to be a zoo keeper so he has got this game called Zoo Tycoon which is making your own zoos up. So the pair of them will sit there and play that or watch Star Wars, because we get to lie in now. My husband would go off and buy their breakfast which is usually chocolate doughnuts and croissants and things. And then the rest of the Saturday they will just play in their pyjamas and heaven forbid I should ask them to get changed. Sometimes if they are relaxed enough by the afternoon, friends will say, “Do you want meet over at the park”. Or we will take Bindie for a walk, and sometimes I will come out for a couple of hours or an hour or so and do that and then come back and just do what … and then sometimes by then they want to play a game with me. So occasionally we will play a simple game.
More Tom than Matthew. Matthew will just play his play station all day and not talk to any one if you gave him half a chance on a Saturday. We are mostly in our pyjamas eating and doing what you want. They play together a lot, so they are together a lot. They really don’t need us to play with them. They just want to be on their own or be together doing whatever they want to do. That is what they do.
And are they good at bedtimes?
They are, they are. I have got CD talking books for them in their rooms and so Matthew goes up and listens to Mr Wren and Tom will go up and listen to his or read his book in bed for a bit and then go to sleep. Neither of them go to sleep particularly early, but as long as Matthew has got something to listen to and Tom they will sit up there quite happily, unless they are very tense, unless… if there is a lot going on at school or they are very anxious they need us up there more often cuddling them, and helping them get off to sleep. Because often you find they are just in such a state and they don’t know why and they just need us to lie there and talk to them and cuddle them until they feel more relaxed and that can take quite a long time. But if they are relaxed they just go up and listen to their stories and go to sleep.