What a treat I had this Mother's Day with a trip to the Spa for a relaxing massage. Of course, the 'Spa' was my front room and there was no relaxing music or incense burning, but my youngest was taking it very seriously and I did get a glass of fizz when it was over - I've paid a lot of money in the past for treatments that weren't that much better!Read More
Why do we eagerly pretend with our children?
4/8/2019 2:26 PM
How to be an imaginative parent - in 5 seconds a day
10/3/2018 10:34 PM
If you feel like there is nothing more exhausting than pretend play, you’re not alone! Most of us have long since lost the desire and energy to create an imaginary world within our daily lives. We have too much on our minds and too much to accomplish in a day to spend hours recreating the story of Cinderella or fighting imaginary fires. But it can be done, and what's more, it can be done in just five seconds a day!
Play is my superpower - 3 ways play saves the day
10/3/2018 9:24 PM
The American Academy of Pediatrics has just prescribed a minimum of and hour of play per day. But the power of play is something kids have always recognized.
Last week, at a birthday party in the park, a friend’s 7-year old came running to show the bloody scrape on his knee. Mom bent down to take a look, and just as she was about to offer to clean it up and get him a Band-Aid, he straightened up. “No, it’s ok,” he said, “It doesn’t hurt when I’m playing!”. And with that bit of wisdom imparted, he ran back to the play structure...Read More
Locating the 'off' switch
12/22/2014 6:23 PM
22nd December 2014
We all know the age-old saying that children would rather play with the cardboard box than the actual gift inside and many of us have probably experienced it too. That cardboard box could be the fastest car in the universe or the entrance to a secret underground cave and that sparkly dress in the box? Never as sparkly as the one in your imagination.Read More
The days are long but the years are short
2/26/2014 7:44 AM
26th February 2013
I grew up hearing the story of the night my mum nearly threw my two month old brother out of the bedroom window after a day of non-stop crying. We both know that she didn’t really nearly do it but the memory of that long day and fractious night is as fresh as if it were yesterday, despite it being over forty years ago. My own children aren’t babies or even toddlers anymore but being at home with children, especially when they’re young, is hard work and there are just some days that never seem to end...Read More
Top five books for Christmas
11/30/2012 7:52 AM
30th November 2012
There is something so extra special about reading a Christmas book to a child in the run up to the big day, so get into the festive spirit by enjoying one of these lovely books with your tiny tot...Read More
Parenting - 1970's style!
9/6/2012 7:58 AM
6th September 2012
My children will never know the pleasures (and freedoms) of my own 1970’s childhood, and after having just lived through a six week summer holiday, I’m beginning to realise that the 1970’s weren’t a bad time to be a parent either...Read More
Tips on starting school
8/17/2012 8:01 AM
17th August 2012
It can be a tricky time when your tiny tot is suddenly not so tiny anymore and is about to start primary school. Often you'll be surprised by how easily they take to it but for anyone who experiences wobbles, here are 5 tips to make it easier:Read More
Five things I bought for my newborn (and then never used)
5/15/2012 8:09 AM
15th May 2012
The first time I was pregnant I just couldn't wait to get down to Mothercare to stock up on all the things my precious new born would surely need; Moses basket, cot, travel cot, baby seat, car seat, play mat, changing mat, changing bag, high chair, pushchair, bouncy chair, pram, and if you're a parent you'll know that this is just the start. But whilst some of this stuff is clearly useful (if not fairly important) it makes me shudder to think how many things I bought that I really didn't need.
So, here are five things I bought when I had my first child (and then never used) :Read More
Making family glue
4/22/2012 8:12 AM
22nd April 2012
How do you clean a CD player ‘coloured in’ with lip salve, a bed sheet ‘coloured in’ with felt tip or a face coloured in’ with an indelible marker? I am sure it wasn’t in the adoption training anywhere and believe me I’ve checked and double checked my notes and it isn’t even in the small print!Read More