What age should children get a mobile phone?

I was 11 years old when my parents bought my sister and I our first mobile phones. After months of nagging and making promises to keep our bedroom tidy, our parents finally gave in and agreed. The Motorola D160 wasn’t the best looking mobile phone, but back then it was one of the ‘must have’ phones. Just look at the size on the screen! Imagine having a screen that size now! It was pretty basic, with it’s green LED backlight and one game included, namely snake, but for my sister and I, it was the best thing since sliced bread! Of… [Read More]

Encouraging Children to be Healthy and Active

As many people know, I enjoy keeping fit and I try my best to eat healthily too. This is something my five year old twins have started to take notice of in recent months. They’ve always know that mummy likes to run and they quite often join me in stretching after my runs. They know the names of the stretches and the muscles that each particular stretch is for! They also know that it’s important to keep fit and eat a varied diet. Now, I have to be honest and admit that when I was a kid, the last thing… [Read More]

Handwriting on the decline among Children

It might not come as much of a surprise that handwriting is one of the skills that’s been on the decline over recent years. With the rise of technology such as ipads, tablets and smart phones, there isn’t such a need for children to be writing as much as they used to. It’s a little worrying as it’s such a vital skill especially for adult life and it also comes with added benefits such as helping with relaxation and focus. There are plenty of statistics surrounding handwriting, and National Pen have put together a few along with some tips and… [Read More]

Do Children Need Rules?

Rules. Do they restrict us or keep us safe? Do they limit what we can do or do they give us reasonable boundaries in which to live our lives by? I guess it depends on your outlook? I like rules in some situations. For example when driving my car, I know that when approaching a zebra crossing I should stop to let pedestrians cross the road. When ordering a drink at a bar I know that I should let the people who were there before me be served first. Rules can be good, but they can also restrict us which… [Read More]

Are you an over-sharent?

A few weeks ago my husband and I attended parents evening at our girls school. On the way out, my husband picked up a copy of a magazine called ‘Digital Parenting‘. Having never heard of this publication before, I was curious to see what it was all about. As it happens, it’s pretty much summed up by its name! The magazine covers a range of topics from cyber-bullying, fake news and screen time. One article I came across is called ‘Are you an over-sharent?’ I instantly felt a slight pang of guilt. I mean I have been known to share… [Read More]

Perfect Party Dresses for Kids who like to Party!

As summer comes to an end, I like to look forward to one of my favourite times of the year. The Autumn/Winter season! Like many people, I enjoy snuggling under a soft, warm blanket on my sofa with the fire lit and a good film on the TV. Of course I love summer too, but there’s something so magical and homely about the colder months! It also means we can start getting ready for the party season! Christmas! Oops, sorry, yes I did just mention the ‘C’ word in September, but I can’t help it! For me, this time of… [Read More]

In ten years time…

I recently read a post my husband wrote about predicting what our twin girls will be like at specific ages in their lives. This made me thoughtful about where I think they’ll be, say, in10 years time. It’s quite a wonderful, yet scary thing to think about, but I was fascinated by the idea! In ten years time our girls would be 15. They’d be in high school, now that’s a scary thought! They’d probably have already started to take more notice of boys, a terrifying thought! At the same time they’ll have their whole lives ahead of them. Although… [Read More]

Healthy Food: Teaching Children That Patience Is Rewarded

Young children can be picky eaters, and the general types of food sold at most supermarkets are loaded with preservatives. These chemicals are designed to make sure the product lasts long enough from creation in the factory, the shipping dock and then in the store for at least a week. Consequently, many normal food items we buy are stuffed full of salts and sugars. This stimulates children and fills them with energy. Junk food is commonplace in most households because it’s cheap, easily accessible and ready-to-eat. The cycle repeats itself over and over. The challenge so many parents face is… [Read More]

Mummy, when can I have a phone?


Being a parent often means that we can expect to hear a range of different questions coming from the mouths of our offspring. Examples I’ve received are: Mummy, why do you wear a bra? Mummy, did we both grow in your tummy at the same time? How did the doctors get us out of your tummy? These questions are fairly easy to answer, but when M asked me when she could have a phone, it was a question that caused a fair few tantrums. You see our twin girls are 5 years old. When I was 5, the last thing… [Read More]

Can parents ever be friends with their children?

Before I had children I often dreamt of the times I’d spend together with my offspring. Every day would be filled with fun and laughter. I wouldn’t be one of those mums who shouted at her children. Instead I’d use a stern voice, stay in control and I’d talk to my children about their behavior. Of course in reality this isn’t always feasible, or is it? Someone that I know has a daughter who’s around the same age as my girls. (Don’t worry school mums, it’s none of you!) This person has never shouted at their daughter. Not, even, once!… [Read More]