Technical toddler swimming

| Activities & education, Swimming

swimming boy

It feels like we’re on a real roll at the moment with N’s swimming.  He’s really enjoying it, and even though there’s certain things he still moans about doing, he will eventually give them a go…if it is only the once. I can’t believe how technical the strokes are being taught, even though the children […] Read more…


Childhood creativity in an ‘uncreative’ family

| Activities & education, Toys & Gadgets

layering playdoh

I’ve never thought of myself as creative – as a grown up I’ve done card and jewellery making. My strength is an eye for colour and placement rather than innovation. Having N, I try to encourage creativity. I want to see him enjoying his childhood creativity, and to continue for as long as possible.  His imagination is […] Read more…


Project 365 – photo a day week 41

| Days out, Photography

balloons and flowers in Banbury

This week’s project 365 has week 41 and a day, as I was missing last Saturday’s photo. It’s been a beachy week as we’ve been on our first family holiday since I was pregnant.  So expect lots of seaside day visit posts over the next week or so. Saturday (week 40), we had to head […] Read more…


Messing about on the river…oops, canal

| Days out

canal boat reflections

It feels like it was such a long time ago, but it was only last weekend.  Yes, it was the time of year for Banbury Canal Day.  The last couple of years have been wonderful weather and great fun, so nothing was going to stop us going away. As last year we didn’t get to […] Read more…


Baby swimming vs toddler swimming – what’s the difference?

| Observations, Swimming

baby swimming vs toddler swimming - Bubbbalue and me

We’ve (well, I’ve) been going to Water Babies swimming lessons with N since he was almost 3 months old.  I think that means we’re pretty qualified in sharing thoughts on the differences between baby swimming and toddler swimming (and I’m talking toddler through to preschool age here).  Is there really that much of a difference […] Read more…


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