Interior design tweaks to help children to sleep

This is a collaborative guest post.  ‘Sleeping like a baby’… where did that phrase even come from? To most parents, ‘sleeping like a baby’ means rolling out of bed (with a huge thud on the floor loud enough to wake the neighbours), having nightmares, and shouting ‘BUT I’M NOT TIREEEEEEED’ 5 minutes after being tucked in for the night. Getting the kids to go to bed, and then getting them to stay in bed, are some of the biggest challenges for parents. And what’s even worse is that, at the end of a busy day, we’re usually too tired ourselves…

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9 tips to prepare your child for tooth extraction

We were camping in Pembrokeshire earlier this year when I noticed Libby had an abscess on her gum. It was caused by a bump she’d had a couple of years before that led to the teeth becoming infected. Several dental appointments and one more abscess later, she needed to have both of her top, front teeth removed. Mercifully, the dentist was amazing and it all went swimmingly well. These are our tips for preparing a child for tooth extraction. 1. Which anaesthetic is the best option? When we took Libby to our local dentist, he referred her straight to Birmingham…

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Facing up to the future with Aviva

*This is a paid for post/advert* Nearly three years ago, a split second decision by another driver changed our lives forever. Looking back, I don’t know how I got through the day, never mind the next few months. And when something like that happens, it changes your whole outlook on life. Facing up to the inconvenient truth It happened on a Tuesday. Libby had started a new dance class and my husband should have been home before us. When he wasn’t back, I assumed he’d been delayed at work or stopped at the shop. As time dragged on, I wondered…

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A family tale of triumph over adversity

This is a collaborative post. I was asked by Premier Care in Bathing to think back about Untold Stories in my own family. The first thing that came to mind was my family’s own tale of triumph. Aren’t families amazing? I grew up with dad’s stories about his side of the family and even as a child, I was never bored by them. Because their tale was quite remarkable and it started in a little village called Oberharmersbach in Germany’s Black Forest. The meeting When my dad’s great grandfather, Anton, was a young adult, he was called to a meeting by the village…

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When gender stereotyping costs businesses money

Gender stereotyping. Girls wear pink, boys wear blue. Boys play with trains, girls play with dolls. Women are nurses and men are doctors. Males are strong, females are weak. Females show emotions, a real man never cries. It’s wrong, all of it. And as a society, I hope we are working on it. But it goes further than that and on an everyday level, businesses are losing money because of their attitudes. The bike incident My husband works in a small city and on his lunch break, he sometimes has a look around the shops. I’m not one for buying…

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Bitchy women and a sexist society: the chicken or the egg?

Feminism, women’s rights, the gender pay gap. Incredibly important issues. As a female, as a parent and as a reasonable member of society, they matter to me. And yet on a particular day this week, six different incidents made me question my own feelings on these emotive topics. The women Picture the scene. You are happily making conversation with a female you don’t know particularly well. Passing the time of day, making small talk. Because you are both polite, reasonable people. Then, when you are mid-sentence, another female walks up and interrupts to talk to the person you are with.…

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The vortex of time

The uniform tick, tock of the clock. Time passes, never changing. And yet, somehow, it has warped. Whizzing by at the peak of the vortex, dragging slowly on the outer edge. A distorted perception, an unexpected reality. Time drags A mums sits on the bed, listening to her husband snoring. Exhausted. Willing the baby girl at her breast to go to sleep. To let her get some rest. Hours seem to pass in a sleepy haze. She moves the baby so gently but alas, she is awake again. Crying. Only comforted by her mum. And so the cycle goes on.…

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