Raising strong, independent children

Being a parent is such an amazing gift. It really is. Raising a baby well so that they become a kind-hearted, independent, strong adult is certainly challenging, yet I like to think it’s something all parents strive for when teaching their children. This stems down to so many things. They way in which you interact with your children is teaching them how to behave. If you treat like your child with respect, listen to them and take their feelings on board so that they know their opinion is valued, this is something that they’ll hopefully go on to do when… [Read More]

Chicken Pox Strikes Again!

Last year our twin girls, R and M, both had a very mild dose of chicken pox. My husband and I crossed our fingers that that was it. They’d been lucky by only having a mild dose and they’d never get it again. Hooray! Except it didn’t quite work out like that! Around three to four weeks ago, R, came out school feeling slightly under the weather. At first we put it down to a bug that was going around, gave her a dose of Nurofen and made sure she was drinking plenty. The following day, R emerged from her… [Read More]

Great Jobs For Those Who Love Kids

Source If you are someone who considers yourself to be good with children, then there is a good chance that you might want to turn that skill into a career. If you do, there are plenty of options available to you, and it is absolutely worth looking into if want to make sure that you are doing so. Having a career which centres around kids is generally very rewarding, no matter which route you go down, and it is something which you should consider if you know that you have the right kind of natural ability to be able to… [Read More]

Should Primary School Children be Tested?

I was recently made aware that next year, our children, who are in year two of primary school will be doing their SATs or National Tests as they’re now know. I’m not sure how I feel about this. Our girls will be seven when they take their SATs, and although many people have said not to worry about them or the results, I can’t help but worry. Some argue that testing children at such a young age is good because it’s preparing them for tests they’ll take when they’re older, whilst others argue that the tests are purely for the… [Read More]

Should schools enforce the daily mile?

Have you heard of the daily mile? Perhaps your children already take part in it at school? Do you think it should be enforced in all schools? For those of you who don’t know, the daily mile encourages children to run or jog at their own pace for a full 15 minutes every day. A lot of schools have already signed up to the initiative, and I think it’s a great idea. This kind of follows on from yesterdays blog post, The Reality of Raising an Indoor Generation. More and more children are spending less time outdoors than ever before. That’s… [Read More]

6 ways to have a brilliant summer – despite the weather

Summer is here, meaning sunny days, picnics and having fun enjoying the fresh air, right? Wrong, if the British weather has anything to do with it! But don’t let storms keep you inside. The long days are an ideal time to get out with your children, giving them new skills and experiences and making for some lifelong memories. Life under canvas Camping can teach children about the world outside without leaving your back garden. You don’t need a big tent, just a quick pop-up one – the kind you would take to a festival (remember them?). Failing that, sling a… [Read More]

9 Critical Tips for Traveling by Car with a Baby

Traveling with your baby in a car can go two ways. Your baby might sleep the entire way, waking only to eat, and dozing quickly off again with a clean nappy and a full belly. The other scenario is that your baby screams the entire way, resulting in frayed nerves and you considering if the return trip home is truly necessary. A new location is good, right? It is impossible to predict how your child will behave on a car ride. Parents should be prepared for all scenarios, so let’s take a look at the best tips for traveling by… [Read More]

Should you charge your children rent?

After over hearing a conversation a few weeks ago about whether or not parents should charge their children rent when they enter employment, I was curious to hear what other people thought about this. I spoke to my husband, Nigel, who blogs at DIY Daddy, who thinks that parents should definitely start charging their children rent as soon as they enter employment. He says that it’s a good way for our children to learn that they need to pay their way in the world, and contribute toward food and bills etc. It will help to teach them the value of money… [Read More]

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]