Are you guilty of leaving your children unattended?

Before I had children, I would often cast my unwanted opinion to those who didn’t want to hear what I had to say. I have to admit, that I’d been rather judgmental, but in my defence at the time of broadcasting my opinion I didn’t have children, so I didn’t know any better. Some would say that the fact that I didn’t have children at the time of expressing my opinion should mean that I give no opinion at all. If only the world worked like that, but it doesn’t and everyone has an opinion whether we like it or not…. [Read More]

What we’ve done this week!

I can’t believe that Christmas is over already! The girls are back in school. I’m back in work and life is continuing as normal again, even though my front room now resembles a toy shop and my bathroom a beauty store! I don’t tend to write posts about our week, but I thought this week I would. I guess it’s kind of one of my new years resolutions going in 2017, which is to write down one good thing that happens each week, put it into a jar, and then at the end of the year you can read about… [Read More]

I’ve lost my way, but now I’m found: Mindful Parenting

Over the past few weeks, I’ve felt as though I’ve lost my way a bit when it comes to being a mum. If I’m honest, I feel as though I’ve been a bit of a crappy mum. I’ve not had as much patience as I should have, I’ve shouted more and instead of taking time to think about situations, I’ve just reacted without much thought or judgement. Of course, that’s easy to do and we all act this way from time to time, but I’ve been feeling as though it’s become a regular occurrence as of late. Instead of cherishing… [Read More]

The mum we all want to be

Children walking by road

We all know her. We all have someone like her in our lives, and quite often we all wonder how she does it. How does she manage to turn up on time at the school gates looking perfectly pristine, not a hair out of place, not even a speck of food on her clothes. How does she do it? I bet her kids hair has been brushed, their faces wiped, teeth cleaned and they’ve had a healthy breakfast. Most mornings I rush to shovel something, anything, down my kids throats before dressing them in such a hurry I don’t notice… [Read More]

What’s the rush? Parents slow down!

This is something that I’ve been guilty of, as I imagine have a lot of other parents. You’re not alone and I’m by no means having a go. I’m hardly in the position to do so as I’m often the one rushing around! What am I talking about?   The way in which our children learn and explore their environment, and the world around them. I was driving home from work a few days ago and whilst sat at the traffic lights I noticed a lady with a small child. Although she was pushing a trike, it appeared that her… [Read More]

3 Games to Help Encourage Children to Get into Science

Newborn

Children are born with a great deal of curiosity. Toddlers have endless enthusiasm for finding out how things work, wondering what happens when they drop their toy from their pram (over and over), and wanting to know what ‘hot’ really means with an outstretched finger! So, encourage children – from the early years right through to primary school – to get into science by feeding their innate curiosity with these three games… 1. Building bridges – for the early years If you’re supervising very young children, why not have a go at building bridges using toy blocks? Building bridges out… [Read More]

The trouble with twins 

Twins cuddling

Having twins is pretty cool. As a mum it’s actually quite reassuring. I mean knowing that they have an instant best friend for life is something quite unique. When they first started nursery they had one another. They didn’t not know anyone as they had each other. They’ve recently started school and they’re in the same class which offers me great piece of mind. I have a pretty good understanding of the twin bond myself. You see I’m also a twin. My sister and I are pretty close. Even though we don’t live close to one another, we talk on… [Read More]

My Heart is breaking. It’s tough being four 

Twins cuddling

I’ve just sat down after lying in bed with R.  She’s fast asleep now. Hopefully dreaming of all the things she loves. Half an hour ago though it was a completely different story. She was really upset. Crying. Inconsolable.  My words had no effect.  All I could do was hold her in my arms. Shush gently and tell her that I was here. Right next to her and that I wasn’t going anywhere. It’s come totally out of the the blue and I’m putting it down to tiredness.  God, I really hope it is just tiredness and not the start… [Read More]

Taking toys to work!

Children are funny beings at times. I wish I could remember certain details about my own childhood, mainly how I felt about various different things such as my parents going to work and other similar events. The reason I’ve been thinking about this lately is because for quite some time now our twin girls, who are four years old, have started to give me toys to bring to work with me. Of course I don’t actually bring the toys into work with me.  Sometimes I’ll leave them in my car or in my handbag, but when I return home with… [Read More]

What do you wish your parents did differently?

Isn’t it funny how when we become parents, the things that our parents suddenly start to make sense? Not all of them of course, but certain things start to become clearer.  I had a pretty good childhood, but there are certain things that I wish my parents had done differently. Maybe it’s a generational thing or perhaps something that they learnt from their own parents. Who knows! I wish I was given more freedom to make mistakes. More freedom to develop a good social life and friends for life. When all of my friends were out partying, getting drunk and… [Read More]