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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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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“Cherish Every Moment”: Is It Possible?

This may have something to do with the fact that I’ve been away from Lily all day and therefore also away from the stresses and strains of being around a toddler for hours on end. Along with the fact that I am so broody at the moment! But I was just tucking Lily in to bed and looking at her and had a little soppy moment. It feels like lately she is becoming so much more of a little girl rather than a baby. I know she’s not been a baby for a while now, we have had the full blast […]

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Dancing On Her Own! Lily’s First Solo Dance Class

I started Lily at a local dance school when she was just 18 months old. She was still rather wobbly on her chubby little legs, and she mainly just ran around in the opposite direction to everyone else, but she loved it. The dance routine was the same every week, in fact it’s still the same now. So the children get familiar with it, and despite them doing it every week it still brings big smiles to their faces. When I first walked in to dancing I didn’t really know what to expect. None of the other mum’s really spoke […]

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Mother’s Day Craft: Footprint Flowers

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday! It’s come round so quick! If you haven’t got a present yet for your Mum, or if you’re a Dad reading this and you haven’t got anything on behalf of the kids for your other half yet…Do not fear. This simple yet thoughtful craft is easy to make and will make the receiver very happy. Here is how you make a beautiful bunch of Footprint Flowers, we gave these to Joe’s mum and she loved them. And if you don’t fancy this craft, or are looking for another, you can see my Mother’s Day Medal […]

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15 Bugbears I Have Now I’m A Parent

At every stage of life there are bugbears– those things that irritate you immensely. For example when you’re a toddler it’s pretty annoying when your parent’s won’t let you have chocolate for breakfast. Or when you’re given a drink in a purple cup when you wanted pink. In fact, pretty much everything is annoying for you when you’re a toddler- hence all the tantrums. When you’re a teenager it’s annoying when your parents snoop in your room, or won’t let you go to a party. At this stage in my life as a parent myself I have many, many bugbears. So […]

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3 In The Bed And The Little One Said… Part Three

You may remember a couple of my previous posts: 3 In The Bed… Part 1 and Part 2. Well the issue of nighttime has come back to light lately. Yet again we are trying to get Lily to sleep through in her own bed. Background The sleeping issue: When Lily reached a year old I decided to stop all night feeds, however the knock on effect of this was that she stopped settling at night when she woke up. Whereas before I would feed her at midnight and it would get her sleeping through until morning, since cutting that feed she would wake up and […]

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Mum Guilt- What is it & Why do we get it?

Mum guilt. We all suffer it, mine hits me with a good wallop in the evenings usually. Just as I sit down to relax the little niggles start to creep in: “Was I a good mum today?” “I shouldn’t have shouted earlier.” “Lily really should eat more veg, I’m going to start planning her meals better.” “Is she getting enough social engagement with other kids? Maybe I should start taking her to more groups.” I could go on and on to be honest. Mum guilt- what a b***h. But what exactly is “Mum guilt”, what causes it? I asked Joe, […]

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