There is an old adage that it takes a village to raise a child and in our twenty-first century lives we often live away from our extended families. So in these last few weeks of pregnancy take time to connect with friends both old and new, put your feet up and enjoy the peace and quiet and get ready for the adventure ahead!
As a parent, I know that choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you have to make, which is why so many of us carefull...
Nowadays children aren't required to work during the summer so many people argue that there should be changes to the holidays... So in this article, I want to explore with you how parents can carry on educating their children throughout the school summer holidays so they don't miss out.
Most cities these days are equipped with something called a splash park. Splash parks are rubber-padded, open-air water fountains in which little kids can frolic on a hot summer's day.
If you feel drawn to reading this blog, hopefully it is because you are thinking of becoming a foster carer. But even if there are reasons why that is not possible for you there are many ways you can support foster carers and help children in need. Here are just a few...
As a mother of two and a long-time public servant I have real concerns about the pressures being placed on public services in this country; with growing class sizes, the lack of places at good schools, and excruciatingly long waiting times at my local doctor's surgery and A&E, I'm frustrated by the increased strain being placed on our services in this country as a whole. But I've remained mostly on the fence.
When mums are going on a date they are leaving their beloved offspring with someone that isn't them, which means they tend to worry a tad. So yep, if your mum date sees a notification flashing up on their screen they will of course look at it. But it totally doesn't mean you are boring them (probably)!
What if we always knew the truth we seek? It seems that at some point during our turbulent transition from child to adult we managed to unlearn the life lessons we came hard wired with.
When your child has epilepsy, it is a constant weight on your mind. Without fail, the moment that weight eases off, a seizure will happen - just to make sure you know it's still there. It's thoughtful like that.
When I was young, my family was very poor. Our home was very modest - one bedroom (my parents); one sitting room-cum-bedroom (my siblings and mine); a...
Are we capturing the moment to look back only to realise that we viewed that moment through a screen even though we were sat in the middle. Are we missing those moments because we're in a bid to show the world what we're doing, to share, to connect... Is that a bad thing?
If you find yourself in this situation you need to prioritise your toddler or preschooler over your newborn, because they are hurting. Really, really hurting. Their whole world has turned upside down and inside out and they are experiencing grief like never before.
I'm sorry when she does have a tantrum, our coffee is cut short and we have to leave almost immediately. You never judge me for this and always reassure me that I'm doing the best job in the world, even though it doesn't feel like it at the time.
You and your pint sized pal have had a lovely morning (well, you know... it's all relative). You feed your little companion, it's all smiles and hair flicks and Pinterest activities and THEN it's naptime.
It's 8pm. You've had a long day. You want to sit down, want to eat something, probably have a glass of wine, decompress a bit. And instead you're on your knees, begging, coaxing and pleading with your toddler to get into bed, to stay there, to close their eyes, to please.... PLEASE go to sleep...
Cooperation is what happens in families. Particularly in the morning. When Dad has already left for work. It's how families work. It's how they ensure certain family members get to play on the X-box or iPad regularly.