Shoe laces – a big mistake

Learning to cope with shoe laces - Bubbablue and me

N’s feet have finally grown.  His school shoes still fit ok but he needed new trainers which are always harder to buy.  His insteps aren’t particularly high, he’s an F fitting, but velcro fastenings never seem long enough on trainers for some reason. So we headed off to Brantano to find some trainers in the hope they’d have enough choice there and which weren’t ridiculously priced given they’ll get wrecked fairly quickly.  They confirmed his feet had grown, only 1/2… Continue Reading “Shoe laces – a big mistake”

The tooth fairy cometh – first wobbly tooth

portrait outdoors

It’s another big first moment. Yes, N has his first wobbly tooth. It crept up on me.  I know several other 5 year olds who’ve recently lost their first, but thought we’d be waiting a bit longer.  But no, he woke on Monday morning telling me proudly that his tooth was wobbly. I think he was a little confused about how it’s still wobbly 2 days later.  He was obviously imagining a brief wobble and then it falling out immediately… Continue Reading “The tooth fairy cometh – first wobbly tooth”

Barefeet to boots – the 7 stages of children’s shoes

barefoot to boots, 7 stages of kids shoes Bubbablue and me

Children grow so quickly, but when you see them every day, it’s hard to see it until they grow out of their clothes.  Or are stood next to someone else’s child and you realise they’ve shot past them in height. But I’ve noticed that footwear can make a real difference in how they look.  Put them in a certain type of shoe, and all of a sudden they look 2 years older, and you’re wondering where the years have gone.… Continue Reading “Barefeet to boots – the 7 stages of children’s shoes”

A Mad Science party for 5 year olds

How to make science bunting

When we started thinking about N’s birthday party it was all a bit of a blur.  Unless your child has a particular yearning for one theme, you can come unstuck with all the offers out there.  We joined up with his best friend as their birthdays are only a few weeks apart and they’d be inviting the same people from school and NCT,  and then it was on to party planning. The party theme You’d think 2 boys the same… Continue Reading “A Mad Science party for 5 year olds”

Birthday Interview with a 5 year old

The birthday interview at age 5 - Bubbablue and me

N’s now turned 5 – yes, that final week of him being 4 rushed past like anything.  So I remembered to sit down and do my birthday interview with him…now he’s a year older. We’ve been doing these since he was nearly 2 1/2 years old so I expected a lot more conversation.  But N’s obviously a child of very few words when it comes to a formal question and answer session.  That’s in total contrast to what he’s usually… Continue Reading “Birthday Interview with a 5 year old”

Children’s chatter: Talking birth with 4 year olds

thinking child

I do have some interesting conversations with N.  Many of them seem to be about human bodies so I do sometimes wonder how his questions come about. A favourite recently has been about blood, and why we have it in our bodies.  I’m definitely not a biologist so without looking it up I’d be lost.  Instead I diverted to the differences between warm and cold blooded animals…although that then created more questions I couldn’t answer! But the most challenging recently… Continue Reading “Children’s chatter: Talking birth with 4 year olds”

School days – trips, VIP and writing

practising writing

It was a busy school week last week for N.  The thing he was most excited about was his school trip which he’d been looking forward to for ages.  School’s generally still going well, and he doesn’t seem too put out about the fact they’re having to learn phonics. First school trip N had been looking forward to the Sea Life Centre school trip for weeks.  He was on countdown and was almost beside himself the day before.  He told… Continue Reading “School days – trips, VIP and writing”

Month of Firsts 14

Receiving his target certificate in assembly

October, while busy, has felt like a quiet month of firsts for us.  It’s included lots of bike rides, visits to the park and elsewhere, school and more, but very little in the way of big first achievements…or so I thought until I started listing them. As the supermarket says, every little helps to make a child feel like they’ve made an achievement, so I love to celebrate even the little things. In October, N Was Learner of the Week… Continue Reading “Month of Firsts 14”

Month of Firsts 13 – school and sheep

sheep on the farm

The year is whizzing by, and apart from the one huge first – starting school, I think we’ve been fairly short on first achievements. For N it’s all been about starting school. In September, N has Gone straight into full time school None of this part time malarky.  Although I have to say, the children who’ve been going in part time, seem to have launched straight in to phonics, writing and the like.  So far, N’s started writing his name… Continue Reading “Month of Firsts 13 – school and sheep”

Bogey Princesses

sunday photo meeting a disney princess in Asda

It seems N is now all about boys. He’s been talking recently about all girls being ‘bogey girls’ (including me, his aunt and other previously girl friends).  And over the last couple of months he’s turned anti-princess. It started when there was a Disney Princess dolls advert on tv.  N’s not usually one to watch adverts, but this one had him right up to the screen and glaring at it. ‘Mummy, it’s scary.  I don’t like those princesses.  Princesses are… Continue Reading “Bogey Princesses”