8 things you lose when you have kids

8 things you lose when you have kids - Bubbablue and me

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

how to make a reward chart work - Bubbablue and me

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”

That moment when things click

that moment when things click

Sometimes I do despair with N and school work. Just everything seems so hard in getting him to do things. I do wonder what he’s like at school, whether they have the same battles. Or whether he’ll happily sit down and do it there because it’s school. But it does seem that only 4 weeks in to year 1, we’ve reached the moment when things click. Reading His reading last year was painful. He didn’t seem to remember words, he didn’t… Continue Reading “That moment when things click”

Family life and doing the school run

Everyone agrees that dads have an important part to play in children’s lives. Of course, life doesn’t always happen like that and there may not be male role models in the family unit. My own dad died when I was 3 and our mum never met someone else, but I’d say both my brother and I ended up ok thanks to our mum’s strength and independence. As well as her trying to bring us up in the way that she… Continue Reading “Family life and doing the school run”

Get boys comfortable with dance – inspired by Motionhouse

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I love dance. So much so that I’ve set up my dance blog to get the word going and try and encourage other people who debate about starting dance but don’t dare. My route back to dancing is a little sporadic during the summer – having a husband who works all hours 7 days a week during harvest and a 5 year old who needs babysitting, isn’t conducive to dancing twice a week. But it’s my passion and it’s great… Continue Reading “Get boys comfortable with dance – inspired by Motionhouse”