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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TOMY Toy Review: Spin & Splash Jellyfish; Shake & Sort Cupcakes and Aquadoodle

I don’t know who was more excited for our delivery of TOMY toys, Lily or me! I’m such a kid at heart and I love it when Lily gets a new toy to play with. We were lucky enough to receive three TOMY toys through the post to review. Here’s what we thought.. Spin and Splash Jellyfish We love a bath toy, and one that doesn’t include squirting water out as those only seem to last five minutes before they get that black water mould on them, and have to be chucked. This fun toy fills up with water and then […]

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Happy Father’s Day: Thank You To The Dads

Happy belated Father’s Day! I hope you’ve all been spoiling the men in your life rotten. Or if you are a Dad yourself I hope you’ve been thoroughly spoilt! It’s often discussed how hard it is to be a woman, as I’ve spoken about in the past. But let’s not forget the men out there too, specifically the Dads. The unsung heroes they often get a bit of a hard time. Popular memes talking about Dads as the back up slightly rubbish irresponsible parent. About children walking past Dad on the sofa and going to ask mum for a drink (although […]

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How We Chose Our Nursery, Or Rather How Our Toddler Did…

I’m of the opinion that nursery is fantastic for young children. Often thought of more as a childcare solution for parents, nursery is so much more than that. It is the start of their education journey. An opportunity for them to learn through play in a sociable environment. Developing both their early academic skills but more importantly their social skills. Don’t get me wrong it is convenient for us that Lily will be attending nursery on the days that I work, so childcare is a part of it. But even if I wasn’t working I would still take her. Lily […]

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Birthday Party Tips For A Stress Free Day

Recently Lily turned 3 and I cannot believe how fast she is growing up! We threw her a small birthday party to celebrate and much to my relief it was a total success! Truth is though, I didn’t have to spend much time or effort planning it! That sounds awful, but I mean it in a good way. It was simple but effective, and stress free. In fact her birthday itself was great fun too, as we took a trip to the zoo with some of my family. With pre-school children I know some parents don’t go the whole hog with […]

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Crimson Publishing ‘Mum Hacks’ Book Review: Time Saving Tips You Need In Your Life

Recently my life feels ultra manic. juggling work with Lily along with housework, cooking, family days out, it can get a bit crazy. So it’s great when someone shows you a “Mum hack” that can save you time or energy, and you can then put that energy towards something much more important like family time. Then there are the fun hacks or the hacks that can just make life as a parent run slightly smoother. For example I have my own mum hack about leaving my tea on the radiator in winter so it keeps it warmer longer! One that’s […]

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3 year update: Lily’s Birthday Celebrations!

Today is Lily’s birthday! I can’t believe it was 3 years ago that our adventure in to parenting began. So much has changed in that time, not only has Lily changed so much from that tiny baby, but I’ve changed a lot too. The developments that happen to our children in the first few years is really astonishing. When I think back to that 7lb baby who couldn’t even smile or helps her head up, and now my big girl who never stops talking and running around! Speech and Language This time last year, Lily was saying odd words but […]

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