A bit of an odd title, perhaps, but it seems to be the answer to so many parenting issues when it comes to toddlers and young children. This post was sparked by something I saw on Facebook the other day, which made me quite sad, thinking about the lengths some people go to toddler-proof their … Continue reading The Secret is Really Just Trust
For the last month or so my now 14-month-old son has found his personality. So far, it's a mixture of independence, stubbornness, a big sense of humour, a desire to please and a very strong will. He has also, recently, found out that he, too, can say 'no' to me. And oh boy, what a … Continue reading Toddler Tantrums and Gentle Parenting
Ooh, controversy. When it comes to sleeping, there really is a deep divide between those who have sleepers and those who don't. Most say it's down to luck - you either have a child who sleeps or you have a child who doesn't. Well, having had two children - one of whom was a dream … Continue reading How to get your toddler to go to – and stay – asleep
When my daughter was whisked away by her grandparents to enjoy a few days in Germany, the time seemed ripe to finally acknowledge that she is, in fact, not a little girl anymore and is speedily approaching tweenage years. Her 10th birthday is only a few months away and yet some of the furniture in … Continue reading Upcycled
As my little baby boy is nearing his first birthday, I am starting to reflect on the memories we have kept of his first year of life. There were many plans - as, I believe, is always the case when you're engulfed by pregnant fantasies of what life with a new baby would be like … Continue reading Baby Memory Keepsakes
As I am sitting here in a fever-induced state of complete indifference on just about any issue currently facing me, I am also pondering on exactly what it is that keeps me from sitting back, relaxing and realising that - just sometimes - enough is actually good enough. I've always been an ambitious woman. Clever … Continue reading When enough is enough
Whether said in jest, in exasperation or out of the bottom of their hearts: I have heard the statement 'God, I wish half-term was over already so you lot can get back to school and give me some peace' a number of times over the last few years. A lot of the time, the sentence … Continue reading Is it ever okay to say you dislike spending time with your children?
I'm in the middle of writing a post on what has happened with our childcare recently, but wanted to add this post to the list of things, which make being back at work with a small baby reasonably easy. Every Sunday without fail is bulk-cooking Sunday for me. This is not weekday dinners, where I … Continue reading Bulk-cooking Sunday
The following meme appeared on my Facebook feed this morning and made me incredibly cross: 'Your baby doesn't need to be taught how to sleep. Your baby needs to be cuddled so when she is developmentally ready she will feel comfortable falling asleep on her own'. Incidentally, this came the morning after I have just … Continue reading Your Baby Doesn’t Need to be Taught How to Sleep? Umm… They Might.
Goodness, where has the time gone? It's been 3 weeks since my last blog post and so many things have happened in between that I'm wondering whether the theory about life resembling a toilet roll is actually true. Last post, I wrote about habits, especially bad ones to break. While not perfect, I have reduced … Continue reading Return to Work: 1 Day Countdown (Pt 2)