A mum hit on a novel way of curing the holiday blues for her two young children – putting them into her own version of “community service.”
Like a lot of hard-pressed parents, Katie Al-malik was faced with two arguing, bickering infants during the school Easter break.
But a visit to a B&M store and the chance purchase of two litter pickers changed all that.
Since then, she and her two children – Joseph, six, and Aliyah, five – have been out and about in their Wavertree neighbourhood, cleaning up around their school, local park and nearby side streets.
Katie, 35, has even created special hi-vis vests for them, saying “my mummy put me on community service.”
She said: “Since they broke up from school they’ve been bickering, arguing and fighting.
“I had to go to B&M and Aliyah asked for a litter picker. We got a couple of them and it started from there. She wanted to go out and use it.
“I go out with them and they’ve even unblocked the grids. The litter is bagged up ready to be collected.
“They’ve had some lovely comments off people, and been given Easter eggs and even some pound coins which they’ve put in their money box.
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“It’s been good for them. It’s like teaching them about caring and making the environment more friendly for cats and animals.
“They’re getting plenty of exercise and are also more positive and got more energy.
“Their attitude towards me is a lot more better, they are communicating with each other a lot better, they’re having fun, and also sleeping better of a night.
“The children have come to realise what they are doing is for the greater good, they’re enjoying the compliments and seeing happy, grateful people.”