The never-ending multiple roles of a parent

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As our children grow up our relationships with them change.  From a nurturer and carer, to so much more.  If you watch nature documentaries you see how the animal world look after their young, and so often can relate to it. I suppose that’s why sometimes, the softer amongst us may get a little teary when watching and seeing that the young are in danger. There’s less risk for us humans than there are for wildlife, but that inbuilt want… Continue Reading “The never-ending multiple roles of a parent”

Cradle cap in older children

cradle cap in older children - Bubbablue and me

Many people have never heard of Cradle Cap until they have a baby and their beautiful baby ends up with a scaly flaky scalp. I hadn’t even noticed N’s because it wasn’t scaly or flaky. It just looked like he had freckles over part of his head. But then a health visitor was talking to another mum at Baby Café when N was about 6 months old and I realised that his might have been cradle cap too. *Contains affiliate… Continue Reading “Cradle cap in older children”

4 boys on a day out

parenting 4 boys vs 1 - Bubbablue and me

Sometimes as a parent you set up an event or party and think nothing of it. You assume it’ll be easy. And then afterwards you realise there’s a reason why you only have 1 child.  Kudos to all parents (especially single parents) with 4 kids of similar ages.  I don’t know how you do it. For N’s birthday this year he wanted to just go to the pub with all the family. Given that’s 17 people, it would probably have… Continue Reading “4 boys on a day out”

Garmin Vivofit Jr activity tracker for children

Garmin vivofit junior activity tracker

The growth of the activity tracker has been immense over the last few years, and I’ve been one of those who’s loved theirs.  I’ve had a Fitbit One, a Flex that I didn’t believe, and now I have a Fitbit Charge 2 which I love (although the strap broke so I’m frantically awaiting the replacement).  It hasn’t helped with my weight loss, but I think my steps have increased slightly on a working day, although I’m never going to reach… Continue Reading “Garmin Vivofit Jr activity tracker for children”

Top reading tips to encourage children to read

tips on encouraging kids to read (2 boys reading) - Bubbablue and me

Reading ability is such a key skill for children to enable them to progress well at school, it’s no wonder many parents worry about how their children are doing.  I previously shared a comparison of the different reading levels and schemes.  But if your child doesn’t want to read (home or school books, or anything), it can be worrying.  There are things you can do to help encourage their reading. In our house we’ve gone through ups and downs with… Continue Reading “Top reading tips to encourage children to read”

What makes a good playdate according to a 6 year old boy

good playdates according to 6yo - Bubbablue and me

Like most children, N loves a playdate. He doesn’t get to have many because after school isn’t an option and during school holidays he’s either on the farm with his dad (who won’t take him to playdates) or at holiday club. But he has a lot of views on what makes a good playdate. It does seem that the friends he has are lovely boys with parents he gets on with (or the parents must be very easy going to… Continue Reading “What makes a good playdate according to a 6 year old boy”

A change in blog focus – no more photos

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I thought this point would happen this time last year, but no.  It’s finally happened and it means all the forward planning I’ve done for the first time for the blog needs reassessing.  N has told me he doesn’t want photos of himself on the blog or social media.  This means a big change in blog focus. Well, I think it will.  I’m still thinking about how it’s going to work without me totally changing what I write about.  I… Continue Reading “A change in blog focus – no more photos”

Swimming pool safety and distracted parents

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Water and swimming pool safety is the reason why most parents sign their children up for swimming lessons.  Or maybe I’m missing something?  So why on earth do some parents take along toddlers to watch their siblings swim and then not keep an eye on what the toddler is doing? N has been in swimming lessons since 3 months old.  Yes, by now you’d imagine he would be on the verge of swimming miles and becoming a youth team swimmer,… Continue Reading “Swimming pool safety and distracted parents”

Things he says – bad dreams and changing nicknames

*contains affiliate links Sometimes the things your children say make you tear up and feel for them. It doesn’t happen that often despite me now being a total softie who cries really easily at films (or reading David Walliams’ children’s books. Just me?).  Having a 6 year old has been the best thing ever (even better than age 5) and I’m making the most of it before N turns 7. But some of the things he says do make me… Continue Reading “Things he says – bad dreams and changing nicknames”

How to deliver, accept and decline party invitations

how to rsvp to party invites - Bubbablue and me

One of my most popular posts has been the decline of party invitation etiquette. I get a lot of searches arriving at my blog asking how to accept and decline party invites. Nowadays, with the decline of snail mail and increase in electronic event invitations, people are getting out of the habit of replying to things on paper.  Compared with the old days when that was the only option, and it was unheard of picking up the landline to rsvp.… Continue Reading “How to deliver, accept and decline party invitations”