Parenting

Be a Bespoke Daddy, not a Feckless Father

The current image of fathers that society proliferates is of well-meaning oafs - Feckless Fathers, who are more interested in their own work/hobbies than in their children. They shy away from hard or dirty jobs like discipline or changing nappies. Or worse, combat 'bad' behaviour with totalitarian dictatorship...

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I’ll raise them rude | Sexual Abuse Prevention

There's a huge emphasis on raising good kids. Polite kids. Respectful kids. We'd like our youngsters to be hyper-aware of social nuances and considerate not to hurt the feelings of others. I'd like this too. Up to a point... Here's where I often put noses out of joint: I will actively prevent other people from touching my babies. Well-meaning people, who just want to pinch their cheeks or squidge their little tummies, or stroke their hair, or scoop them up into a cuddle...

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Toy Rotation Sparks Elation! | 9-12 Months: Week 2

In my last post I mentioned the prohibitive cost of baskets & trays, and that I have been using cardboard boxes as a thrift substitute. Well last week I came upon these lovely basket/trays in Home Bargains for £2.50! We'll be road-testing them this week and I will let you know how they work out...

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5 Easter Gifts for Kids (That AREN’T chocolate!)

I'm not saying it's wrong to give chocolate eggs, but there is so much choice that you hardly need a blog post to work out what would be suitable! But what if you would rather not give chocolate or sweets? Either you are wanting to limit unhealthy foods, or spend money on something that will endure a little longer than Easter Weekend...

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Toy Rotation Sparks Elation! | 9-12 Months: Week 1

Sausage and Bean LOVE our homemade ring stacker. I bought the kitchen roll holder on Amazon, and the rings are a combination of charity shop bangles in various materials, the rings from a discontinued Ikea plush stacker, and one of the toys from this gorgeous Ikea baby Gym. Obviously, the ultimate aim is for them to stack the rings. But right now, according to the Wonder Weeks people, my boys are still enjoying deconstruction (I can definitely vouch for that!). They get real pleasure from pulling things apart, knocking things down, and tipping things out of containers. It might seem destructive, or chaotic, but they are learning important lessons about gravity, volume, speed & trajectory...

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Half-baked Montessori Home

Imagine the perfect Montessori home. It’s calm, beautiful, and completely child-friendly. Little Timmy can just toddle around at will, helping himself to snacks, drinks & activities. He is an independent and active part of the family – cleaning up his own messes, helping prepare food, caring for house plants, and being in charge of his own self-care routines...

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Letting Kids Be Kids vs. Fear of Others.

I one hundred percent want to fight for my kids' rights to be kids, and not worry what other people think. Unfortunately, I am human, and get all too self-conscious about the dirty looks from people when my babies are being noisy or messy in restaurants, for example...