Why haven’t you taught me swear words?

The question caught me off guard. “Mum, why haven’t you taught me any swear words?” My first thought was self-congratulatory. I’m not adverse to the odd swear word here and there, so raising a child to seven years old without teaching her a single one is somewhat noteworthy. My next thought was why on earth did she think I should be teaching her swear words. So I asked her, “Why would I?” Her answer was so logical that it made me wonder if I’ve been getting it all wrong. “I know swear words are bad, so how do I avoid…

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How to cope if your child becomes vegetarian

“Mum, I’ve decided to become a vegetarian.” Those few words fill parents with dread. Can you stop them? Will they change their mind? Won’t they get ill? And what on earth will you feed them? My six year old decided to become vegetarian a few weeks ago. It didn’t come as a surprise and having become vegetarian at a similar age myself, I was lucky. Not only could I turn to my own mum for advice on how to cope, I have remained vegetarian ever since. In fact these days, my diet is predominantly vegan because I didn’t fully transition…

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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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8 benefits of mindfulness for children

What’s mindfulness? Asked my energetic five year old, whilst swinging from the door, chewing a pen and holding her sister in a headlock. “It’s about living in the moment and doing one thing at a time.” I replied, quietly drinking in the irony of the situation. Doing too much is symptomatic of the times we live in. We push ourselves to have it all, hurry our children to be on time and struggle to say no. As one of the worst culprits of taking on more than I can cope with, I’m sad to say I’ve passed on my affliction…

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16 tips for visiting Alton Towers cBeebies Resort and water park with young children

We spent a weekend at Alton Towers water park, theme park and resort. Whilst we had a brilliant time, a few tips could have made our stay even better. We were among the first people to try out the cBeebies hotel. We also put both cBeebies Land within Alton Towers theme park and the Splash Landings waterpark through their paces. Our children were aged 3 and 5, so the perfect age for the cBeebies experience. I wanted to share the things that would have improved our stay so that others will hopefully have a better time. Here’s a quick video…

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