6 ways parents should deal with cellular children

Pxhere Kids are as advanced as ever before. Ask them to pick up a phone and teach you the ins and outs of an IP address and they’ll do it in a flash. While most parents will think “why can’t you do that with the dishes?” the point is kids are surrounded by technology. Mums and dads want them to have fun and enjoy themselves, yet it’s also important to get a healthy balance. There is nothing more annoying than your son or daughter ignoring you for their friends on FB or the ‘Gram. Taking away their mobiles isn’t a… [Read More]

Growing old is a privilege denied to many

The older I become the more I look back on my life, and reflect on past experiences. I was recently completing an online survey when the last question popped up asked which age bracket I fell into. As I ticked the 25-34 year old box, I smiled. I smiled because although I’m 31, soon to be 32, I like the fact that I’m getting older. To me getting older means getting stronger, more knowledgable and caring less about what other people think. The older I get, the more aware I am of how much time I have with my children…. [Read More]

Should children be allowed to take their birthday off school?

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]

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]

Am I boring?

If you ask me what my idea of a good night is, I’d say being at home with my husband. Our girls would be asleep in bed. We’d have a good film on, and perhaps a takeaway too. I’d be laying on the sofa under a blanket next to my husband. Boring? Perhaps, but that’s my idea of a good night! That may change as our children get older. I may push the boat out, and my husband and I may go out for a meal in the evening, perhaps a concert or the cinema etc, but for now a… [Read More]

Breastfeeding: Damned if you do, damned if you don’t

Guest Post Author Bio I’m Stacy. I blog at Mom of Two. I’m happily married (sometimes) mum of two! I’ve been married for 3 years and we have a 2 year old daughter and a 6 month old son. I started blogging so that I had a diary I wouldn’t lose to look back on of the best and hardest journey I will ever take. I write about the magical highs and the crappy lows of motherhood and if I can make anyone feel better about themselves along the way, then my world will be just that little bit happier…. [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]

Are your children happy?

A few weeks ago I read an article online called: British youngsters are the ‘unhappiest generation in a decade’. Report finds 16-25 year olds fret over money, their futures and ‘not being good enough’. (Source) The article in the Daily Mail which is based on research by The Prince’s Trust says that three out of five young people regularly feel stressed amid concerns over jobs and money. One in four feel hopeless on a regular basis, and nearly half having experienced a mental health problem. I was also staggered to learn that 62% of females feel a lack of self-confidence… [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]

Should weight loss adverts be banned until after the watershed?

TV advertising can often be a bit hit and miss. It’s like those car adverts with no sound. At first I thought it was a pretty clever idea. It definitely makes you stop and look up at the TV as you wonder why there’s no sound. I soon realised it’s most likely a clever advertising ploy in an attempt to grab your attention. Or how about all of those toy adverts on kids channels? Up until recently I never knew these existed! Yes, the joy of having twins who love to watch Cbeebies and nothing else, has meant we’ve managed… [Read More]