5 Ways for New Parents to Manage Anxiety

5Becoming a parent should be an exciting time in your life, however, with a new baby to look after at home, it’s natural for you to feel some anxiety. There are all sorts of worries and pressures that are placed on new parents, from whether your baby is eating enough, sleeping enough or crying too much, and every little aspect can feel magnified. Here are five ways for new parents to manage stress and anxiety. Communicate with Your Partner Bringing a baby into the world will understandably change your day to day routine. If you live with your partner, there… [Read More]

On the go sandwich wrap review #GIFTED

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post called Simple Swaps for a Zero Waste Life. In that blog post I shared simple every day swaps that anyone can make in order to reduce the amount of single use plastics we use. I touched upon lots of great swaps such as swapping paper kitchen towels for reusable bamboo kitchen towels, swapping plastic bottles of shampoo for package free shampoo bars and using food wraps instead of sandwich bags, cling film or foil. All of these, along with the other swaps mentioned in that blog post, are great eco-friendly things… [Read More]

ClassDojo: Helping Parents Find Out What Their Children Do In School Since 2011 #AD

Like many parents I’m keen to know what my children do in school. I find that the best time to talk about this is when we’re all sitting down as a family over dinner. I ask my children what they do in school, who did they play with and did they learn anything. Sometimes my children indulge me with this information, but most of the time I get the standard response of, “I can’t remember”. I’m sure this is something many parents hear! If you’re like me and you wish that you knew more about what goes on in the… [Read More]

Digitally Distracted Parents

This is a subject that sadly, far too many parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins etc can relate to. In this blog post, I’m going to focus on parents. When you think back to your childhood, what do you remember? Specifically, what do you remember about the time you spent with your parents? Were they present? Were they engaged in conversation or play? For many people, I hope, the answer to those two questions will be yes. Looking at my own childhood, I fondly remember playing games with my parents. Perhaps a board game or hide and seek for… [Read More]

Talking to children about money management #AD

Talking to children about money is an important part of being a parent. Our children will be seven years old this week, and I’ve recently found out that they’re already learning about money in school. I think is a great idea. Last week my husband and I attended parents evening, and our children’s teacher gave us an insight into what they were learning about. One of the things they’re being taught about is money. In particular being able to recognise the value of certain coins, and being able to count out how much change they would get if they bought… [Read More]

Why You Should Foster Your Child’s Creativity #AD

After you have a child, you will slowly but surely see them start to develop their own interests and passions. This is an exciting time in any parent’s life. As a parent, you want to promote strong educational tracks for your child such as interests in math, science, and reading. In additional to these kinds of pursuits, you should also encourage your child’s creative side. Studies have shown that when children have access to a reliable creative outlet that they are excited about, it helps them in different stages of their early development. Engaging in creative activities also helps them… [Read More]

Bali Family Holiday Guide #AD

Bali is an Indonesian island that is well known for its sandy beaches and coral reefs. It’s been a popular travel destination for couples and lone travellers for some time now, and in recent years it’s becoming more and more popular as a family travel destination too. Bali has lots to offer its visitors. In addition to the beautiful surroundings, the accommodation on offer is just as exquisite. Family villas in Bali offer up the chance to truly relax and unwind. With private pools, well-manicured gardens and tropical-style indoor-outdoor spaces you really can just sit back and relax. Bali is… [Read More]

2019: The Year of Family Camping Holidays

As per the title of this post, 2019 is going to be the year that we as a family will embrace camping! I have fond memories of camping when I was a child. I remember my parents having a practise run in the garden of putting the tent up, taking it down and packing it all away again. In all fairness it was a lovely big tent. I don’t recall how long it took to put up. My sister and I were probably off playing and running around whilst out parents took on the tent building challenge! I don’t even… [Read More]

Is It Ever Ok To Leave A Child Out?

Being a mum of twins often means that I have to divide my time between our girls. Sometimes this is pretty easy, but at other times it can be hard. For example, I find it easy to divide my time equally between them when listening to them reading their school books. They’re quite happy to sit and wait for the other to finish before taking their turn. Sometimes though when we’re playing a game it can be hard, and that’s because our girls have very different tastes when it comes to playing games. One likes to play with dolls, whereas… [Read More]

Extreme Parenting or Just a Tired Parent at their Wits End?

As parents we all try our best to be patient, but there are times when that’s simply not possible. After all, we’re all human, and when pushed to our limit we may act without thinking. Does that mean we’re bad parents or does it show that we’re just like everyone else which is in fact, quite normal? Recently a man was filmed pulling a young child along the floor by her hood. Many people were quick to jump in and criticise, one even comparing the mans actions to abuse. Personally I don’t see anything wrong with what with the man… [Read More]