It’s relentless, but hang in there!

Becoming a new parent is terrifying. You may have read lots of parenting books, asked your friends for advice and searched the Internet for information, but the first time you’re handed your new bundle of joy, everything you thought you knew about babies, goes straight out of the window. It’s nothing like they say it will be, and whatever approach you take may well work one day, but the next day the chances are it won’t work again. Babies needs are forever changing, from one minute to the next. They’ll go through so many ‘phases’ before they’ve even turned one,… [Read More]

Our Christmas 2017

Christmas is such a magical time of year, even more so when you have children. Watching their faces light up when they help to put the decorations up, adorn the tree with tinsel and hang their stockings on Christmas eve. Listening to them talking about what to put out for Santa and his reindeer, and of course, trying to get them to go to sleep quickly on Christmas eve and to stay asleep! Our girls usually wake up anytime between 6am and 7am on a typical day. I was hoping this would be the same on Christmas morning, but that… [Read More]

Why are photos so important?

A few weeks ago I was watching a film on TV. One particular scene showed a forest fire moving quickly towards a village. People were frantically collecting their belongings and I started thinking about what items I would save first if I had to quickly leave home for whatever reason. Yes, I know, pretty random thing to think about, but there you go! My mind thinks strange things now and again! Anyway, obviously after my children and husband, in terms of belongings, the first things I’d grab would have to be our photo albums. They’re full of photos from when… [Read More]

Being five years old means…

I was stood in our home a few days ago listening to the sound of my five year old twins talking to one another, and it dawned on me that being five years old must be pretty amazing. Here’s why! Being five years old means… You don’t have to worry about leaving the tap running after brushing your teeth or washing your hands It’s acceptable to use your hands to eat gravy covered broccoli from your plate without judgement You can sing as loud as you want and dance as silly as you like, and everyone will think you’re cute… [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]

Parenting is…

Hoping your child doesn’t finish all of their food because you secretly want to eat their leftovers – who doesn’t like cold, homemade pizza that’s been chewed on by a five year old? Not knowing any other parents name. You simply refer to them as “Tom’s Mum” or “Helen’s Dad” Deciding to walk the kids to school because it’s healthier and better for the environment, only for you to get half way when the heavens open and you all get drenched. Not only that, but neither you or your kids have a coat or an umbrella. Bribing your children. “If… [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]

Should I let her win?

I’m currently sat on the sofa watching our twin girls eat their lunch. If a stranger walked into my house right now, they’d assume we were a very happy family at this moment in time. However, if that stranger had walked in 20 minutes ago, it would have been a completely different story. A story full of temper tantrums, tears and disappointment. Probably a little frustration thrown in too. You see we were quite happily playing snakes and ladders, but I knew it wouldn’t be long before our nice family game would turn sour. I could see the struggle build… [Read More]

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]