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Give the Best Present this Christmas - the Gift of Presence

When I was a child I remember birthdays and Christmas being the time for presents and big celebrations. The excitement and anticipation building up in the weeks leading to the event was just as much fun as opening all the brightly wrapped parcels. I remember having the same toys for years, loving them until they fell apart and them becoming part of my childhood and playing with them frequently. Read More

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What You Should Really Eat When Pregnant

Whatever your own personal diet preferences, when you fall pregnant you take on the responsibility to ensure your food choices are fully nourishing for your child and have an obligation to ensure that what you eat provides the right nutrients to sustain their healthy growth and development. Read More

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Top 5 Tips to Get Your Toddler Active

I recently read a stat that toddlers should be having 30 mins of structured play a day and 60 mins general activity which got me wondering if this happens in my household. What concerned me was the reference to structured play as I believe movement should be fun and not forced. If a child is made to do something they don’t like then it is hard to set up lifetime habits of being active. Read More

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Top Tips for Back to School Lunch Boxes

With the stampede of tiny feet marching back to school comes the worry for many parents as to what to pack for their child’s lunch! Whilst it can be easier to opt for school dinners, this may not always be practical, cost effective or nutritious. I believe in setting good habits from a young age and getting children into the habit of making their own food. Read More

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Turning Two ..... Time for Terribleness or Terrific-ness?

As my toddler takes the official leap from infancy into full blown toddler with the passing of his second birthday I wonder whether or not this is the phase for terribleness or terrific-ness. Many have warned me of the upcoming terrible twos and their accompanying tantrums and whilst I admit that I have seen bouts of interesting behaviour I cannot help but think that these outbursts need to be understood and mediated with a loving approach rather than a fearful uh-oh here we go again attitude. Read More

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Like or Dislike? Why my son will never be posted to Facebook

Soooo I recently posted a picture of a beautiful smiling boy on my personal Facebook page which suggestively hinted that he was mine. This caused a lot of confusion for some of my nearest and dearest as they either knew it wasn’t him, or they know of the no internet policy with my little one. Read More

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The TV Trap

My little man absolutely loves watching Blaze and the Monster Machines, Thomas the Tank Engine, Cars or Planes. He has his own ‘TV spot’ where he sits to tell us he would like to watch something as well a very special cushion to cozy up with. Read More

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Top Tips for Booktime with Bubba

I was definitely a bookworm as a child and I loved nothing more than curling up with a Nancy Drew, Enid Blyton or Sweet Valley High novel. My love of books and reading was passed to me by my mother and I have fond memories of sitting on my parent’s gigantic bed being read to. As a toddler I loved snuggling under the covers, looking at the colourful pictures and listening to my mum’s narration in a variety of voices. Read More

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Crash Course into Parenthood - How to Survive First 6 Months

Ask any parent and they will always tell you that it will be tough but it’s worth it. Yet no-one tells you exactly how tough it will be. This is hard beyond hard. It’s that simple. No-one wants to share their stories from the darkest depths for fear of judgement from others. Once you open the door to parenthood there is no going back, no get out of jail free card, no eject button and certainly no going back to anything resembling your old life Read More

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Tips to Teach Your Toddler How to Cook

I was lucky enough to grow up with a mum that cooked at home so I was always watching her in the kitchen, helping out and then as I got older started to experiment with various recipes using my family as taste testers! Cooking is a life skill that unfortunately does not always get taught at school so children must learn this at home to develop healthy habits. Read More

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