Category Archives: Parenting

Messy Room to Homework Station: Bedroom Makeover

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As my son gets older, his bedroom seems to have got messier. He used to keep it very tidy but since turning ten years old, he puts things down and just leaves them. His Grandma and I have spent quite some time tidying his room over the past few months. It had got to the point where we had had quite enough of doing this for him though. We decided that he needed to take back the responsibility of keeping it tidy himself. We just had to figure out a way to motivate him to keep his room clean and clear.

Messy bedroom to homework station: An inspiring bedroom makeover. My son's bedroom was very messy so when we were given a desk from Kit Out My Office, we got to work tidying his bedroom. We re-arranaged the furniture in the bedroom and added the desk. Homework stations for kids and homework stations for teenagers are a great way to motivate children to do their homework and to keep the room tidy. Desk orginaisation is important too. We have made sure that my son has everything he needs within arms reach, to get his homework done quickly and painlessly. Less distractions are best. This bedroom idea for small rooms is perfect for my tween. This shows the bedroom makeover before and after pictures. This Aspire desk is great for any budget. My son chose a science themed desk space. He included his periodic table, robot stacking dolls, magnet fiddle toy, his science experiments book, a quote from Einstein to motivate him, his guitar picks, a stationary pot and of course, his Lego creation. #ad

Messy Room

Here are some of the pictures of my son’s room after his recent bout of not being bothered to keep his room tidy. Continue reading Messy Room to Homework Station: Bedroom Makeover

How to be a Good Enough Parent: A Case Study

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One thing in common when deciding if you are a Good Enough Parent

After talking to many parents over the years, there is always one thing that holds them back from feeling like they are doing a great job of parenting: other people’s opinions.

 

Case Study: Using the Pushchair

I remember having an unpleasant experience when walking down the street with my son when he was in his pushchair, several years ago. I was made to feel like I wasn’t a good enough parent. My son had been in a seat that had faced me until he was about 1 year old. We walked along and I spoke to him as we went. As he got older and taller, I used a pushchair that faced outwards. In my mind, he was then able to look around at the environment to learn more about his surroundings. I consciously made sure that I stopped the pushchair to speak to him now and again, pointing out things that he might not have seen before. We were always chatting!

I was quite confident with this method of walking around town with my son. That was, until a man and a woman stopped me in the street to tell me that, in their opinion, I shouldn’t be using this type of pushchair. Continue reading How to be a Good Enough Parent: A Case Study

How to Respond to Unwanted Parenting Advice: Your Newborn

Having a baby prompts many people to give you wanted and unwanted parenting advice.  Here are some tips on how to navigate through the minefield of parenting a newborn baby.

 

Congratulations, you are Pregnant! Now, Here’s My Advice…

As soon as you find out that you will be having your bundle of joy, you will get advice.  Sometimes this is very welcome and supportive.  Quite often though, some advice can be less helpful. Continue reading How to Respond to Unwanted Parenting Advice: Your Newborn

7 Incredible Autumn Blog Posts to Inspire You

Here are our 7 incredible autumn blog posts that will convince you that this time of year is great for families.

People always seem to have a preference as to which season is their favourite.  Generally, our friends and family favour the summer sun to drizzly autumn.  I actually like all the seasons almost equally and enjoy them all as they come around each year.

Spring is wonderful.  We really enjoy the ever-increasing lighter evenings.  The motivation to get the house and the garden tidied is more prevalent here too.  Summer is fab because we get to soak in that lovely sunshine as well as to enjoy those longer days.  Winter has the promise of Christmas.  It is a time of meeting up with family and friends.  Although, I am not so keen on the ice.

Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year though.  We start a new school year and get back into a routine after the summer holidays.  I absolutely love enjoying that first homemade hot chocolate of the season.  The weather is cooler but warm enough still to enjoy a walk in the fresh air.   Usually in wellies to splash in the puddles.  We get to see the leaves falling from the trees and walk through them, kicking them as we go.  The nights draw in, meaning we get to snuggle up in the warmth of the living room and watch good TV shows and films.  Autumn is a great time of year. Continue reading 7 Incredible Autumn Blog Posts to Inspire You

10 Life Skills that can be Learned from Playing Football

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We have been thinking about life skills that can be learned from playing football.  Football has been a big part of our family life for many years.

When I was younger, I remember going on a school trip to France, while my brother went on a school football tour to Blackpool.  He has always been a brilliant footballer and has played just about every week since he was about five years old.

We always used to watch him play in football tournaments in our local area.  I think we were out most weekends to take him to football training and to football matches.  It was always very chilly as a spectator but we went to support him each time, without fail.

Life Skills that can be Learned from Playing Football

Playing football can teach children many useful life skills.  Here are some examples of life skills that can be learned from playing football: Continue reading 10 Life Skills that can be Learned from Playing Football