What love is…when you have children

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When I was a girl, one of the chores we had to do was the drying up on a Sunday.  Of course it was drying up minus dishwashers.  We always fought over the best tea towels and one of my favourites was the Love Is…cartoon strip one. It was a cartoon of a little couple and a range of lines that showed what love is.  It was started in the 1960s by New Zealander Kim Casali as little notes to… Continue Reading “What love is…when you have children”

Children’s birthday party convert

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N doesn’t really do birthday parties. I love children’s parties because at the moment, most parents stay which gives me a great opportunity to catch up with mums I don’t get to see at school. But N isn’t usually a fan. So he normally refuses to go to any he’s invited to. It doesn’t even matter who the child is, it’s usually a no. The parties he has been to since starting school (other that his own) have all been… Continue Reading “Children’s birthday party convert”

Why you should tell off other people’s children

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People seem to feel very strongly one way or the other about telling off other people’s children.  From what I’ve seen, it’s often from parents who’re incensed that someone has told off their child in front of them, or that they’ve wanted to tell off another child, but haven’t felt they could. Overall, it appears there’s an unwritten rule (outside of childcare or school settings) that no-one is allowed to tell off another person’s child. I don’t agree with this.… Continue Reading “Why you should tell off other people’s children”

8 things you lose when you have kids

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When I was still against having children, I remember a good friend saying to me that she felt having her children really changed her. She felt she was less selfish than previously which I was surprised about because she was one of the people I would say is most generous with her time and support. Her reasoning was that she was obviously looking out more for her children than thinking about herself all the time. There’s certainly a lot of… Continue Reading “8 things you lose when you have kids”

Do you let your children watch the news?

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N may only be 5, but he likes watching the news. Not the children’s news, Newsround. But, proper news programmes. Usually the BBC because that’s what the OH watches when he’s back in the evenings. And occasionally our local news if it’s on. The news isn’t something that’s particularly enjoyable to watch at the moment, and I’m not sure it’s really suitable for a 5 year old. With very little positive news to report, it could portray a terrible view… Continue Reading “Do you let your children watch the news?”

Alternative Christmas nativity play and characters

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Before N was at school I often heard rumblings around this time of year, about the Christmas play. But it wasn’t always the nativity which you would expect to see. No, the nativity had been extended to encompass any type of random creature that you wouldn’t normally expect. I presume this is because teachers (and potentially parents with several children) got sick of teaching young children the same nativity play each year. Instead the Christmas play scripts on offer have… Continue Reading “Alternative Christmas nativity play and characters”

Is homework for primary age children a good thing?

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Before N started school I was pretty much against homework at primary school. I didn’t recall doing any during my primary years, and really didn’t feel like I did much at secondary either despite being a bit of a swot. My arguments against homework for primary kids: 1, We didn’t do homework at primary and still managed to do well at school 2, There’s not enough time in the evenings (especially when children are at after school club and don’t… Continue Reading “Is homework for primary age children a good thing?”

How to deal with a death of an animal with kids

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There’s been a lot of dying on N’s mind at the moment. From discussions about the war in Syria (anyone got any tips on how to talk to 5 year olds about it, feel free to let me know), to closer to home and animals on the farm. The first was when I arrived home from my 40th weekend away, to see N upset and cuddling Granny at the farmhouse. Their dog had had to be put down that morning,… Continue Reading “How to deal with a death of an animal with kids”

Explaining no trick or treating

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Halloween is always interesting to explain to children. Especially once there’s the peer pressure from school to go trick or treating. In the past N has had some kind of costume to go to nursery in. Although he’s not really into dressing up so it had mostly just been a pumpkin t shirt or Dracula cape. And the last few years we have carved or decorated pumpkins. But that’s mainly for the excitement of picking our own, or getting creative.… Continue Reading “Explaining no trick or treating”

How to get kids reward charts to work

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Ever since we started thinking about potty training we’ve had a reward system. And before now it’s never really worked before. N just wasn’t bothered.  Stickers have never really been his thing, even though he knew there would be something at the end after he got so many. I’d be in awe of other parents I knew whose children were just happy to fill a sheet with stickers. We ended up just letting him do potty training himself, and he… Continue Reading “How to get kids reward charts to work”