Families come in all shapes and sizes

When I was growing up I often thought of family as being made up of a mum, dad and two children. Of course you’d have your grandparents as well. Mums parents, dads parents and in addition any sisters or brothers they have being aunts and uncles. That was pretty much it in my opinion. The thought of step-mums and step-siblings was never a thought that entered my mind because my family was made up mum, dad, my sister and I. It was that simple. I thought that when I grew up, I too would have the same family unit. A… [Read More]

Dear Children…

Dear Children, I want to start this letter by telling you both that Mummy and Daddy love you more than words can ever express. We want you both to be happy, and in order for that to happen, we’ll always be there for you, supporting you both through good and bad times. This letter has been written with a lot of love behind it. Life can be tough. It can be cruel. It can break even the strongest of human beings. However, if we can go forward in life with a positive, can-do attitude then we truly believe that anything… [Read More]

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]

Can parents ever be friends with their children?

Before I had children I often dreamt of the times I’d spend together with my offspring. Every day would be filled with fun and laughter. I wouldn’t be one of those mums who shouted at her children. Instead I’d use a stern voice, stay in control and I’d talk to my children about their behavior. Of course in reality this isn’t always feasible, or is it? Someone that I know has a daughter who’s around the same age as my girls. (Don’t worry school mums, it’s none of you!) This person has never shouted at their daughter. Not, even, once!… [Read More]

What kind of parent are you?

Children helping to make food

There are three types of parents in my opinion. Those who want to control their children. Those who want to be equal with their children. Those who want to be best buddies with their children. I strive to be a parent who is equal to their children. By this I mean, giving my children the power to make their own decisions. To treat them as an individual, not as someone who is lesser than me, or someone who is ‘under my control’. Parents who want to control their children will quite often be heard telling their children what they can… [Read More]

Covering the Costs of Raising Kids

Broken Money Box

Image Source Children aren’t cheap. The average cost of raising a child to adulthood is reckoned to be more than £230,000! How can anyone afford that? Fortunately, you can bring down these costs by being creative and resourceful. The children don’t have to miss out on opportunities either – simply by shopping around you can take advantage of deals and promotions and grants that make the whole process very affordable. Here are few methods every new mum should try. Know your rights There are all kinds of government schemes available to new mothers. Most companies have to pay out statutory… [Read More]

Are Your Finances In Order? Top Tips For Parents

Most of us like to have a handle on our finances, but when you have kids, taking control of your money is even more important. As a parent, you want to be able to provide for your children now, but it’s also important to look to the future. If your finances aren’t quite as straightforward as you’d like, here are some tips to help you organized. Image Source Working out a suitable budget When you have a family, a budget can be really useful. Keeping an eye on what’s going in, and what’s coming out prevents overspending. It may also… [Read More]

Parent & Carer First Aid Class Review with Daisy First Aid

One Sunday afternoon whilst sitting in my front room surrounded by the noise of our girls playing, I came across a video on Facebook that had been shared by Daisy First Aid. The video showed a mum saving her daughter’s life with abdominal thrusts as the child was choking. Touch wood, our girls have never been in this situation, but I started thinking about how I would react in that same situation. The mum in the video had attended a first aid course. She remained calm and focused on what she needed to do in order to save her child’s… [Read More]

Where would we be without grandparents?

Grandparents are an important part of every family. The role they play in the lives of our children is just as important as the role they played in our very own childhoods. Quite often the benefit of having ‘hands-on’ grandparents is over looked, but if we were to ask ourselves the question, ‘Where would be without our grandparents?’ I bet we’d all be worse off than where we with them. When I was growing up my sister and I would see our grandparents at various intervals throughout the year. My mums parents would come to visit us on a regular basis…. [Read More]

What’s the rush? Parents slow down!

This is something that I’ve been guilty of, as I imagine have a lot of other parents. You’re not alone and I’m by no means having a go. I’m hardly in the position to do so as I’m often the one rushing around! What am I talking about?   The way in which our children learn and explore their environment, and the world around them. I was driving home from work a few days ago and whilst sat at the traffic lights I noticed a lady with a small child. Although she was pushing a trike, it appeared that her… [Read More]