Don’t Try And Be The Mum You’re Not

She’s so organised and seems to be able to keep her house beautifully neat. She’s so hospitable and is always comfortable for people to visit her home. She always looks amazing. I don’t know how she does it. She’s so creative and thinks of cool things to do. She’s so active and takes her kids everywhere. She’s always so patient, gentle and kind. I’ve never heard her raise her voice. She’s funny and makes everyone around her laugh. She bakes and cooks everything from scratch. If I look for generalisations, I’ll surely find them. When I do find them, I see the many things I’m not as a mum (but would like to be). It’s easy to fall into the trap of worrying I’m not giving my children all they need because I can’t be all the things I see in others. Some of the many  things I am not I’m… View Post

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Technology Isn’t Always A Good Thing

Technology is everywhere we look. Computers, tablets, phones, game consoles and television. Whilst technology comes with many advantages, there are also occasions when it isn’t a good thing. When I was a kid the only options for writing were pen and paper and type writers. Game Consoles were starting to appear. I loved my ZX Spectrum, despite it taking half an hour to load a game. Paper boy was a firm favourite. To see friends it was a case of knocking on a door or phoning them from the land line.  Now I never write letters with pen and paper and I don’t phone people that often. I text rather than call most of the time and I spend a lot of time in front of one device or another. I do my banking and shopping online and keep up to date with friends on facebook. All of this is very… View Post

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Blog Birthday Giveaway – Win a Born Gifted My First Paddington Bear

Finding the perfect gift or toy for a baby can be tricky business as I well know. Having children of my own and also had to buy gifts for other babies, I have frequently debated on what to buy. You never know what they have already got. Born Gifted is a great website that has a large selection of gifts. They offer toys, personalised gifts and there is also a  great selection of Christening Gifts. If you are looking for the perfect gift I recommend checking out the Born Gifted Website. The website is really easy to navigate and another bonus is that the standard postage is only £2.95.   The Born Gifted My First Paddington Bear is a lovely introduction to Michael Bond’s loveable character for any baby. Made from super soft plush and complete with signature red hat and removable blue coat this quality plush toy would make a… View Post

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The Importance of the Honey Bee – with a Quiz

I have to say I am very cautious of the bee’s that fly around our garden. It comes from the fear of their sting which can be very painful. E is also equally as cautious, we have told her when she see’s a bee to just leave it alone and let it get on with its work. Bee’s are very important, they pollinate crops which helps us to grow food. Without the honeybee there would be a massive decline in the production of food crops. This would affect us and also many others that are dependant on the crops. Without bee’s there would be a huge chance of a world famine. Because oh how the bee’s cross- pollinate if they were to go extinct it would affect the cotton production, which affects us all. Clothing production would change and become more expensive. As you can see the humble bee is… View Post

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Helping Your Child Over Come Bedwetting

Of all the skills your child masters as they grow, one of the hardest is managing their bladder. Some children seem to master it without a problem but other children struggle. Bedwetting is night time ‘accidents’ that happen when a child is asleep. They either don’t get the urge to visit the toilet or they are in such a deep sleep, they don’t wake resulting in a wet bed. It is frustrating and embarrassing for the child, and a concerning problem for you, as their parents. But there are ways in which you can help your child overcome bed wetting. #1 Invest in bed protection Stripping and washing sheets is one thing, but ongoing bedwetting can also cause the mattress to smell and this leads to all kinds of issues. Protecting the bed with bed protection is the ideal solution. Made from high-quality plastic, the sheeting etc. doesn’t ‘crinkle’ like… View Post

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