What have I done?

Today we went to Legoland, the weather was glorious, the Boy was lovely, he could go on lots of rides (just over 0.9m) and we had a super amount of fun.

But today I was a bad mother.

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The Brushing Song

The reason I started this blog was to have somewhere to record memories of when the Boy is young. Despite best endeavours memories are so fragile that they fall out of your head before you realise it.

Teeth brushing has never really been a battle in our house but it is hard getting the Boy to do it for more than 10 seconds before he announces “I’m finished”. We make up lots of silly songs at home and so I thought a Brushing Song might work, and it does! He will happily brush away for a couple of minutes as long as I am singing this song although the downside is, he won’t brush his teeth unless I am singing this song! Continue reading

School of Parenting

The Boy is two years and nine months now and steadily becoming more and more independent which makes me proud, petrified and tired. He’s never really been one for temper tantrums but he is a stubborn one and knows his own mind. Overall though he is a very good child and I think the Man and I have had it fairly easy (cue payback with impending number 2): he never really touched anything he shouldn’t, never got into kitchen cupboards, never climbed the stairs when our backs were turned, never runs off, doesn’t hit or bite.

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Why did I ever buy a bloody sandpit?

If you are a parent who has also made this mistake I am not sure I need to write much more than this but for those of you who are yet to make such a fatal mistake, read on.

I thought he would love it and have so much fun playing in the garden while I chill out and watch him on my giant beanbag. I was correct. He does love it and I do get to relax on my beanbag while he spends hours hiding things in the sand, burying his feet or “drinking” a cup of sand. That is lovely.  Continue reading

Caring Cat

Just so you know, I didn’t decide to write this post after seeing Rosie Scribbles top tips for Bloggers – honestly! No really, I have been wanting to post this video for a while as it just makes me chuckle but I have only just managed to get the video file off my blackberry (its a work phone and they block everything but as I am leaving today, yay, I’ve got a new phone and I managed to swap the memory card, learn some new techy skills and hey presto!) Continue reading

Toyjeanius review – Haba threading beads

I was delighted to be picked as a Toyjeanius reviewer recently, I think Jean and I have a lot in common as she says she is “A Mum of 3 who had so much fun playing with her own kids and their toys, she opened a toy shop!” I can understand that feeling, sometimes I think I have more fun with his toys than the Boy does. We received our first toy, the Moo and Baa bambini threading beads by Haba, a few weeks ago and have been road testing it since.  Continue reading

Rainy day activities with a toddler

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 and the Boy had to find them, then we washed them up and poured water from one container to the other. In the end he actually got in to the washing up bowl and had a fab time making a royal mess (make sure you put lots of towels down underneath the bowl)
  2. Build a fort – use cushions and blankets to build a secret fort which you and your toddler can hide in. We had great fun with a torch inside the fort turning it on and off and making funny shadows.
  3. Biscuit decorating – bake biscuits (either with your child or without, I did them without so it was quicker!) and set out lots of different bits for decorating them – we used icing for sticking stuff on, chocolate chips, hundreds and thousands, popping candy, jelly sweets and edible glitter. You could also use healthier stuff like raisins, dried fruit, chopped nuts; although they might not get involved with such gusto!                                                                                                                       
  4. Messy painting – this is a real struggle for me as I cannot stand all the mess but the great thing about doing it in your own house is that you can wear old clothes (or even just underwear) and get stuck in. Masking tape lots of art paper to the floor (it needs to be quite thick so normal paper won’t do) and use paints to decorate it. The Boy suffers from OCD so he won’t touch finger paints (“Mummy wipe, Mummy wiiiipe”) so we use brushes and pots. I use a marker to draw pictures for him to colour in, and I cannot draw so it is usually a square car with wheels or a rocket ship or stars but he is impressed.
  5. And last but probably one of the easiest and funnest that we like is taking all the cushions off the couch and the Boy hurls himself off in varying styles – jumping, rolling, falling – to land on soft cushions below and giggle like crazy

I hope this post is of use to you and your toddler and if you have fun trying any of them out please come back and let me know!