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”

Children at weddings – should they be invited

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Children at weddings.  It’s a topic that often crops up on parenting forums and in the media.  But I don’t think I’ve ever read an article that’s riled me as much as this one ‘All weddings should be kid friendly’. Of course everyone has their own opinions.  But that doesn’t mean they should judge people who have the opposite view to them.  Children at weddings debates probably reach the extreme views in the same way that breastfeeding vs bottle fed… Continue Reading “Children at weddings – should they be invited”

6 easy ways to keep kids entertained while on holiday

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When you go on a family holiday you always end up taking so much paraphernalia with you, you don’t want to take tonnes of toys.  The hope is that you’ll have good weather and the children will just spend all day playing outside. But there’s the journey, early mornings, evenings and of course the rain, that means taking some toys with you is a sensible idea. 6 eays to keep kids entertained on holiday *includes affiliate links 1, Arts  and… Continue Reading “6 easy ways to keep kids entertained while on holiday”

Hugging children – should we force kids to hug?

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Reading an article recently on the damage that can be done when forcing children to hug people against their will, made me think about what we did as kids and now with N. Is encouraging hugging children really that bad? I pondered how things change with personal space and comfortableness in hugging as you get older. Various research suggests that it’s damaging to force children to ‘go and give Aunty so and so a hug and/or kiss’. The theory being… Continue Reading “Hugging children – should we force kids to hug?”

Working mums – how to cope at the school gate

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When our kids start school, it’s not only daunting for the child.  It can be scary for the parents too.  How will they cope in the playground? What will the other mums be like? Will they end up standing on their own outside the cliques in the playground?  As a working mum where you may not even get to do normal drop offs or pick-ups, the feelings can be more extreme . It’s even harder to speak to the teacher… Continue Reading “Working mums – how to cope at the school gate”

Child development myths – my child is different

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Whenever I hear parents at the start and end of school term worried about how tired and grouchy their children are, I think I’m relieved and pleased that so far N doesn’t show these traits.  I’ve certainly lucked out with him, especially now he’s no longer waking at 5am every day, and mostly stays in his own bed.  I just want to show that kids don’t always follow the usual expectations that we always hear, and that if your child… Continue Reading “Child development myths – my child is different”

Negotiating with kids – for sheep

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Parenting advice seems to say to avoid negotiating with kids. I’m not sure I agree. We have a lot of negotiations in our house.  Ever since N has grasped the fact that he might be able to get something following a discussion, there’s not much he asks for where he doesn’t back it up.  He doesn’t always get his own way, but teaching children to negotiate and argue their cause is a pretty valuable skill for them to learn.  I… Continue Reading “Negotiating with kids – for sheep”

Enjoying summer holiday firsts

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This year’s holiday firsts were never going to beat last years when N went on a plane for the first time.  But 3 weeks in to this summer and he’s already had some pretty fun firsts. As children grow up you forget the milestones and the firsts they’ve done, so sometimes it’s nice to remember and celebrate them.  Last year N did a scrapbook for the summer, and I’d like to get him to do another one this year. Although… Continue Reading “Enjoying summer holiday firsts”

School holiday childcare options

School holiday childcare options - Bubbablue and me

The long summer holidays are almost upon us which brings pleasure for children, and some parents. And horror for other parents. School holidays are when many parents (mostly mums) probably wish they only worked term time or were stay at home parents. For working parents holidays are a different matter. Employed parents probably find it harder with restricted time off. Although for self-employed parents, and even those working at home, there are changes that need to be made if they’re… Continue Reading “School holiday childcare options”

When kids activities mean more than just activities

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For a working mum things are a bit strange and detached when your children start school. When I compare my life and interaction with school compared with my mum’s (who was a SAHM until we were secondary school age), it’s so different. I work full time, although compress my hours earlier in the week so I can do 2 normal time drop offs and 1 pick up on a Friday. The rest of the week, N is in morning club… Continue Reading “When kids activities mean more than just activities”