Exciting Ways to Enjoy Rainy Days

Now that the summer holidays are finally here, you can start to plan all of the fun and exciting things you want to do with your little ones to keep them entertained and ensure they have a wonderful summer. Many people like to plan their days in the hope that the weather will be bright and sunny, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. To ensure you have plenty to do to keep your little ones entertained, even when the weather isn’t as glorious as you’d like, it’s always beneficial to have a list of rainy day activities to do…. [Read More]

Should children be allowed to have the day off school on their birthday?

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When I was a kid I never spent a single birthday in school. That’s not because my parents decided to keep me home, but simply because my birthday is early in January which means schools are closed due to the Christmas and New Year period. Being in school for my birthday wasn’t something that I’d ever thought of because I was just used to the fact that this never happened. It’s not something I ever really thought about again, that was until recently. Our twin girls birthday is February, and unless it falls on a weekend, it means they’ll always… [Read More]

5 Ways to Make your Home Child-Friendly

As you enter and prepare for parenthood, you suddenly become aware of all of the little dangers dotted around your home. From the moment the positive test result comes back, your life has changed forever. You are going to be a mummy and daddy, and you only have a few months to prepare yourself for the introduction of a baby. One question that many new expecting parents ask themselves is, is their home ready for a baby? How many hazards can you spot in any room? There are just some things you never really notice unless you are a parent… [Read More]

What’s an acceptable punishment?

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Do you ever feel like a bad parent? I did a few weeks ago. We’re not long returned from a lovely family holiday to Disneyland Paris where our girls were utterly spoilt with the whole experience, but also in the shops there too. The week after we returned, one of daughters seemed to have developed a new personality where she was demanding, rude and ignored my pleas for her to behaviour better and change her attitude. Over a number of days, her behaviour increasingly worsened. One day in the park on the way home from school, I advised the girls,… [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]

Should you really teach your children to share?

Most people would probably agree if I said that you should teach your children to share, but what if I told you that I don’t believe this to be true?  I think it depends entirely on the circumstances and on what the particular item is that ‘needs’ to be shared. I remember being told by someone once when I advised them that one of my daughters didn’t want to share something that, ‘I would have to teach her to share because she’d need to do this when she starts school’. Perhaps so, but again I think it’s dependent on the… [Read More]

Princess Positives: How to Make More of a Princess Obsession

It’s hard to escape the world of princesses when you have a little girl. They’re everywhere, and once she’s obsessed, there’s no much you can do to turn her away. You might not want to, either, but perhaps you would like to show your daughter a world beyond pink princesses. Here’s how you could make her obsession a bit more positive. Encourage a Love of Reading One of the things a love of princesses can do is encourage your daughter to read. While girls tend to be bigger readers than boys, some can still be reluctant to read. Instead of… [Read More]

The Bank of Mum and Dad

The average cost of raising one child in the UK is around £230,000. That’s a pretty eye watering figure. Now double it because we have twins, and add another three as my husband also has three children from a previous marriage. That’s a lot of money we need to earn! Raising children is undoubtedly expensive. From babies up to adulthood, the costs you have to figure into the equation range from nappies to school uniforms, educational resources, trips and of course ‘fun money’ for your kids to have a social life, as well as the latest clothes and ‘must have’… [Read More]

Is it ever acceptable to leave a child home alone?

A good few years ago I remember reading a post about a mother who got a criminal record for leaving her six year old child at home alone for 45 minutes. The varying opinions from parents about whether or not it’s acceptable to leave children home alone got me thinking about how I felt about it. The first lady in the article openly admits that she leaves her children home alone. The first time she did so, her daughter was just three months old and she left her asleep in the pram in the garden whilst she popped out to… [Read More]

Mummy, when can I have a phone?

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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]