Why You Should Not Force Your Child To Give Hugs

You know the scene, you have relatives visiting who you don’t see very often. It’s time for them to go and before you know it you’re saying “Go and give Uncle Fred a hug goodbye!” to your child. You know they don’t want to, but the words fall out of your mouth before you know it. It happens in family’s everywhere all the time. It is the “done thing” when relatives leave. Maybe it’s the relative that holds out their arms expecting this child they’ve just met to run and cuddle them. “Give us a hug goodbye!” Or even “Give […]

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Toddler Friendly Arts & Crafts: Halloween Painting

Autumn is well and truly here! Leaves are falling, and the C word is already being banded around. But first it’s the often forgotten occasion of Halloween. I’m not the biggest fan of Halloween in general, I’m such a wuss when it comes to scary films. But what I absolutely adore is the creative side of it, the dressing up, the costumes, the makeup, and the crafts! If you’ve followed my other posts in the series Toddler Friendly Arts and Crafts, you’ll know that I stick to very simple ideas, all of which can be done by your toddler. NO […]

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How Can I Instil Confidence & Self Belief In To My Child?

How can I instil confidence and self belief in to my child? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately. I was quite a shy child, a “people-pleaser” who would always keep away from conflict. School for me was fine because I made damn sure I was in a well-liked crowd and didn’t stick out. That’s great if it gets you through arguably the hardest part of childhood. But inside I always felt like I wanted to be more confident. To speak up, and not to be so afraid of an argument or being different. As an adult […]

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Hello Threenager, the best age yet?

Lily is now 3 and a quarter. Although I thought the terrible twos were challenging in many ways, I can definitely see how the name “threenager” came about. I have heard many parents’ say that 3 is harder than 2, and in many ways I agree. We have delay tactics in a massive way right now. Every time I ask Lily to do anything it’s “in a minute”. Just this evening she started dancing with her teddy, which was apparently extremely important, when she should have been cleaning her teeth. If I had a penny for every time I said […]

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Breastfeeding… “I just find it a bit weird”

If you’ve ever had to breastfeed your baby whilst trying to eat your dinner as they simultaneously flail their arms about knocking said dinner out of your hand, then you will know that breastfeeding is far from glamorous. However, it is a totally natural process that is proven to be nutritionally the best thing for your baby. But breast or bottle, if you and your baby are happy then all is good. This is not a debate about that. Lately, I have stumbled across quite a few women who seem to think there is something strange, odd and even sexual […]

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My Struggle As A Working Mum: Abracadabra! Make Mummy Stay Here!

“Abracadabra! Make mummy stay here!” The words Lily said with passion as I got ready for work on Tuesday. Seriously, talk about pulling on my heart strings. I so wish I could have made it come true for her as well. I don’t want to have to go off to work, aside from the fact I really don’t enjoy my job, I don’t ever want to leave Lily. My maternity leave was the best time of my life so far. Day after day spent with my beautiful baby girl, walks down the harbour where we lived, days out with friends […]

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Help! I Need Me Time… But How!?

Before I had Lily I always said that when I had a baby I would make sure to get some “me time” in. Well let’s all have one big laugh at that shall we?! Along with “I’ll make sure I exercise and lose the baby weight.” Not forgetting “We’ll have monthly date nights to spend quality time together.” Or my personal favourite “I won’t let the baby control my life, it will fit around me!” Pre-baby me was an idiot. Once that bundle of joy comes along life turns upside down, in the best way, but also in an all […]

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First Trip To The Dentist: How To Make It A Success

Last week Lily had her first trip to the dentist for a check up! It went really well, and I think that’s partly because we did try to prepare her for it. It’s something I was a little nervous about as I didn’t know how Lily would react. So to help other parents I thought I would post a few tips on how to have a successful first trip to the dentist (contains affiliate links): Talking Talk to your toddler about the upcoming appointment. Speak about it as an exciting event, something that they will enjoy. I explained to Lily […]

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Car Safety: How To Prepare For A Long Journey, In Collaboration With Point S

I spoke recently about a car accident I was involved in towards the end of last year that really affected me. I’ve always been nervous in cars, but the accident increased my anxiety a lot, to the point where I avoided (and if I’m honest still avoid) long journeys. However, I know I can’t live my life being scared and letting my anxiety take over, and there are things I can do that can help ease my worries slightly. For example, to try and ensure the car itself is as safe as possible before heading off. In order to do […]

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Post-Holiday Blues: How To Beat Them

As you may have seen from my Instagram we’ve just come back from a glorious week away in Turkey. I was apprehensive about the week away as I always am about well… everything, but especially about going abroad. I worry about one of us getting ill or hurting ourselves, about the food, and if everyone will have fun. But really I had no need to this time, it was brilliant from start to finish. And I want to go straight back! The only thing with having such a fantastic time on holiday, is the massive low when you get back. […]

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