Young children and screen time

This is a collaborative post. I’ve written before about how screen time impacts children’s behaviour. We bought an iPad around a year ago because I didn’t want Libby to be the only one who couldn’t use it when she started school. Prior to that, both girls would watch television and watch nursery rhymes on the computer. But neither of them could use devices themselves. Our screen time These days, the girls have a very limited amount of screen time. This is predominantly because they’re too busy doing other things. Now that the evenings are lighter, they go straight outside as soon…

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Unleashing your inner chatterbox

I’ve always been amazed at how people’s personalities can seemingly adapt to their situation. When I was younger I was pretty shy. Not just that, but I wasn’t a particularly strong person. People being unkind bothered me. Walking into a room full of people I didn’t know bothered me. I even got nervous going to the bar to buy a drink. But as I got older, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I went to university, lived abroad and eventually got a job that required a massive amount of confidence. Both confidence in myself and in dealing with…

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Why I won’t #RethinkToddlerPortionSizes

A few weeks ago, I noticed that mumsnet were looking for bloggers to take part in a campaign about toddler portion sizes. It involved the not-so-catchy hashtag #ReThinkToddlerPortionSizes, and was done in conjunction with the Infant and Toddler Forum. I thought it was an interesting concept, but decided not to apply to take part because I don’t want to make food into an issue for my girls. The campaign Fast forward a few weeks, and I started to read blog posts about the #ReThinkToddlerPortionSizes campaign, including this from one of my favourite bloggers, Donna from What the Redhead Said. On first…

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My baby is growing up: Moving to a bed

When I had Libby, a friend of mine kindly gave us a cot bed for her. The intention was that she would use it as a cot until she was big enough for a bed, then I’d take the side off it and she would have it as a bed. What I hadn’t planned for was the arrival of a destructive baby. Lia was about six months old when she managed to break Libby’s cot bed. I’m not sure exactly what she did, but she managed to go straight through it, which meant that Libby had to go into a…

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10 ways to build children’s water confidence

Swimming has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a child, I swam competitively for our local club. The training regime was brutal, we’d often be in the water by 6.30 am to fit in an hour and a half before school, as well as swimming again in the evenings and at weekends. But these days, swimming is more about the children than me. I get in once or twice a month on my own, but I insist that the children are in the water with us regularly. I’m not a swimming coach or…

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Lessons from my children: On saying ‘No’

Since beginning my love affair with Instagram just a few short months ago, I have become more aware of the world around me. This afternoon on my walk, I noticed that the sun glancing out from behind the hills onto a tree cast it into a perfect silhouette. As I stood there for a few moments, committing the beautiful view to memory and to camera, it crossed my mind that the structure of the trunk, branches and twigs were reminiscent of the skeleton of a leaf. The tree follows a tried and tested structure that it knows to be strong and effective…

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5 Christmas Preparations for November

I’ve agonised over publishing a Christmas gift list in November. There are a few pretty amazing things that I can recommend ready for Christmas but I just can’t bring myself to do a gift list just yet. But still, I know most people are actually starting to get ready for Christmas right about now so I’m going to meet them half way and write about things that actually do need a little bit of time to prepare. Here are my five Christmas preparations that it is acceptable to do in November. 1. Sleep Back in the days before I had children,…

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