The Social Side of Exercise

When my children were babies, I remember feeling isolated and at times quite lonely. I longed for a friend. Someone I could invite round for a cuppa and chat, and vice versa. Our girls were almost one year old when I finally plucked up the courage to go to a playgroup, and I’m so glad I did. Not only did it give the girls a chance to play with some new toys and socialise with other children, it also gave me the chance to meet new people. When the girls started school, my husband and I met lots of other… [Read More]

Strengthening Relationships Between Friends and Family

Have you ever sat back and considered all the people you have been in touch with over your life? Deep family relationships, fleeting friendships, counter clerks you see on a regular basis or even your local barman. Faces may spring to mind of relationships past, names that dance on the tip of your tongue, all relationships that were but are now separated by time or distance.  Some relationships come easier than others but may be fleeting, while others are harder to cultivate but offer a greater bond over time. The special people who have in your life you likely spend… [Read More]

Why making friends is scary

When you’re a child making friends comes naturally. Whether it’s in the local park, school or even doctors surgery, kids make it look easy! It’s a stress-free and pretty simple social situation for children. Not much thought goes into it, and surely that’s the way it should be? However, as we get older making friends seems harder. Add on a few years, some life experience and a good does of nervousness, and it’s a completely different ball game. Adults have a terrible habit of worrying too much. Will they like me? Will I like them? Do my clothes look ok?… [Read More]

Giving children privacy: When to draw the line? Plus making new friends

We’ve been going through a bit of a rough patch the last few weeks. One of our girls has been coming out of school moody and angry at the world. At first my husband and I approached this sudden change of personality by trying to be patient and asking her to think about how she talks to other people. We reinforced the idea that if you want people to talk nicely to you, then you have to talk nicely to them. This didn’t seem to be sinking in, so we’d usually end up shouting and sending her to her bedroom…. [Read More]

Mate Date Ideas For When The Weather Is Bad

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It’s easy to get everyone together when it’s sunny outside, but when it’s drizzly and cold people tend to want to hibernate indoors! But it doesn’t have to be this way, as there’s still lots of things you can do when the weather isn’t great. Spending quality time with friends is important for keeping close, everyone is busy but you should make time for the people that you care about when you can. If it’s been too long since you saw your friends, here are are a few mate date ideas to consider that you can do even when the… [Read More]

Sorry my child doesn’t want to play with yours!

If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you’ll already know just how different our twin girls are. M is really girly. She loves dressing up as princesses, playing with dolls, wearing dresses and generally anything pink and cuddly. R loves wearing shorts and t-shirts, dressing up as superheroes, playing football and loves the colour blue. They’re also pretty different personality wise. R loves music and is very independent therefore likes to do things herself. She enjoys playing on her own, as well as with M, mummy, daddy and her older siblings.  M loves to play with others and… [Read More]

Chubby Puppies & Friends Review (Including Video)

Our four year old twin girls, R and M love animals. M’s favourite animal are cats and R’s are dogs. Although, whenever M comes anywhere near a real life cat, she won’t go anywhere near them, but for all of that she says loves them! We were recently sent a Chubby Puppies & Friends Labrador Fashion Set with Carrier to review from Spinmaster. Before receiving this toy, I hadn’t heard of Chubby Puppies & Friends before, but as soon as I saw it, I knew our girls would love her! Chubby Puppies are battery operated toys that actually move around…. [Read More]

Thomas & Friends Take-n-Play Jungle Quest Playset Review

We’re big Thomas the Tank Engine fans and have previously reviewed some fab Thomas toys such as a Mega Bloks Thomas & Friends Zooming Along at Brendam Docks Playset and a Thomas & Friends Take-n-Play Daring Dragon Drop Set. This time around we’ve been reviewing the Thomas & Friends Playset called the Taken-n-Play Jungle Quest Playset to review.  The reason these toys are called Take-n-Play is because you can do exactly that. This set in particular has a carry handle and two places that you can clip in the Thomas engine and his trailer so that when you’re carrying it they don’t fall out…. [Read More]

Making friends online

Sometimes being a mum can be pretty lonely. Especially in the first few days and weeks. You’re tired, probably still in your pyjamas and longing for a shower and five minutes to try and make yourself look human again. The last thing you’re probably thinking about is going out and making friends. Thankfully, you can make friends from the comfort of your own home by simply switching the computer on. There are lots of forums, chat rooms and websites that can offer you support, advice and a friendly face to chat with. During my husband and I’s IVF treatment I… [Read More]

An update on our play dates

Last month I wrote a post about how I’d decided to stop going to playgroups in favour of play dates. I explained that although I’d been going to one particular play group for well over a year, I’d yet to make any real friends there. Nobody would talk to me as everyone had already formed their own friendships. It left me feeling a bit lonely. Anyway, that was then and I’m pleased to say that it was a very good decision to ditch the play group! I still go to one play group on a Wednesday, which is a friendly, small… [Read More]