The self-service buffet

Co-sleeping was never something I set out to do with any of my children. They always had their own beds and they were going to sleep in them. Parenting isn’t like that though is it? Things don’t always go to plan and children don’t always sleep well. I wrote a while back about ‘Bed Hopping‘ […]

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Potty training: part one

Potty training can be one of those things parents look forward to and dread in equal measure. Potty training signifies the onset of a greater independence and development in your child and a huge cost saving for you – no more nappies. However, it isn’t a quick process normally and getting through it can be […]

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The most difficult age

Recently a few people have asked me what I feel is the most difficult age. Now all I can comment on is my view so far. We are yet to reach the teenage years, so I am fully prepared to change my point of view when the time comes. So far for me, without a […]

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Introducing a new baby to the family

When I had my second baby this was something I was incredibly anxious about. I agonised over this for much of my second pregnancy and felt I needed to try and think about this from my daughters’ perspective. Until that moment she had not had to share me, not had to compete for my attention. […]

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Learning begins at home: Part four

You may have been reading our series of articles focused on learning beginning at home. So far we have looked at: Learning Sacks ; Song and Dance; and Science Kits . Reading together is a big focus of learning at home and you may have read our other post recently on encouraging independent readers. When the children are […]

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The system

Having four children means I have a strict system for…well…pretty much everything. I don’t mean that I am a strict parent, just that I feel I have to be organised and have particular ways of doing things. Some people with only one child operate like this, so my view is I should be forgiven for […]

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Parental rip offs

When you become a parent you also need to be prepared to be ripped off over and over again. My pet hate is the price of balloons and associated plastic merchandise you see at family theatre performances or events. This just really makes me cross. You will find balloons and rubbish plastic toys at every […]

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