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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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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

Water confidence activities and water confidence games with the children have become an integral part of our week. 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,…

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Easter craft for toddlers

I very rarely blog about crafts I do with my children, it’s just not that sort of blog. To be honest, I’m not that sort of mum. But Libby does love craft, and I feel guilty that because I’m so bad at art myself, I rarely do anything with her. I’m feeling particularly guilty at the moment, because she is getting on so well with drawing and writing since getting her glasses. So, against my better judgement, we embarked on an Easter craft project. It’s gone remarkably well so I thought I’d share both the process and the results. Making an Easter…

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