Where does the time go?

When you’re a child time seems to go so slowly, birthdays and Christmas feel like they only come once a year and that’s a LONG time! As an adult time seems to creep up on me and surprise me how quickly it passes, and Christmas and birthdays may still only be once a year but the feel almost squashed together now. Don’t get me started on the unfairness of this and the fact that I should have listened to my parents when they told me that childhood is the best time of your life (in terms of appreciating time and not getting old anyway!) Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

Why do I Breastfeed?

Before I start, I would like to say that this is not a discussion about breastfeeding v formula feeding or a sermon on breastfeeding because this issue has caused so much controversy in recent years and I do not want to be adding to it!

This post is simply a reply to a friend who asked me why I am still breastfeeding Baby Girl. She isn’t a parent and therefore doesn’t know what it is like and was curious. It made me think about why I do and why I intend to do so for at least two years as the World Health Organisation recommends (Baby Girl permitting!) Continue reading

Rain rain and more rain, try some of these fun things to do inside with your toddler

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A few months ago it was one of those horrid rainy days where you don’t want to leave the house. Staying in with a toddler is challenging for us and boring for them. When I decided to stay in I googled “things to do with toddlers inside” and came up with very few results. I did find lots of craft activities but most of them were aimed at older children and not really things my Boy could get involved in as much. So if, like me, you don’t enjoy the pangs of parental guilt when you put a film on yet again then I hope these ideas help you to do something new and fun with your toddler:

  1. Fill up a washing up bowl with soapy water and get lots of different kitchen bits to play with – cups, spoons, measuring jugs etc. I put them all in the water…

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Easy peasy yummy scrummy fish finger recipe

Yes fish fingers are in every supermarket freezer cabinet and very easy to pick up and throw in your shopping trolley but in my opinion this recipe is just as easy and much more delicious, so delicious that the Boy now scorns Captain Birdseye when presented to him. So skip the freezer aisle and give these a try, I promise you and your kids will love them.

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Find the Rhyme with TopToyBox

The Boy is a genius, at least I think so (as does the Man)! He doesn’t really enjoy playing with toys for any length of time and has always been more interested in books and more lately the TV and computers (sigh). About six months ago he suddenly “got” jigsaws and since then there has been no stopping him. He has single handedly completed a 150 piece jigsaw for ages 8+ (my chest is proudly puffed out writing that). Continue reading