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Most Popular Blog Posts for September

Most Popular Blog Posts for September family, lifestyle, reviews, food and recipe blog posts.As the new school year has started and we are getting into our new routines, I thought that looking through out most popular blog posts for September would be a great idea to help me get back into the routine of blogging.  September has been a hectic month for my family, which has meant that blogging has taken a bit of a back seat.  Now that things are settling down, I am excited at the prospect of having more time to write blog posts.

Although I have been away from this blog for a little while, my posts have still be read and shared so thank you all for stopping by.   Here are the most popular blog posts for September on Dillydrops Blog.

Popular Family Posts

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How to cope with child free days as a single parent

How to cope with child free days as a single parent dillydrops.co.ukBeing able to cope with child free days as a single parent has been something I have struggled with in the past.  I am so used to spending my days tending to the needs of S and H, with very little time for myself.  This has meant that having these couple of days worth of free time each month is a bit of a shock to the system.  I have so much I want to do with that time.  I enjoy the peace and quiet, with no one to run about after but I am often lacking in motivation to do anything for myself.  I think that I feel like this time is out of routine for me and I’m often so exhausted by the build up to these weekends that I have, on occasion, not coped well with the time on my own.

I experience a mixture of feelings on these child free days as a single parent.  I start off by relaxing, having a cup of hot tea in the peace and quiet, snuggled up with Floppy dog.  I then tend to somehow think that this is a waste of my free time and that I should be doing something productive.  I proceed to get overwhelmed by the amount of things I want to fit into those hours while battling with the need to actually have a rest.  I am sure I’m not the only single parent to feel like this.

As the years have gone by, I have got myself into a better frame of mind with it all and am able to cope much better with this lately.  Here are some of the things I have done to help to cope with these child free days as a single parent. Continue reading How to cope with child free days as a single parent

Thinking About Starting School

H will be starting school within the next few months.  In a couple of days, we find out which school she will be going to in September.  I must admit, I am experiencing a mix of emotions.

My daughter is about to get her notification to say which Primary School she will be going to. I have talked, in this personal post, about  how I feel as a Mum and how my daughter feels about starting school. There are some tips on how to prepare for starting school and what to expect in the Reception Year at Primary School. Nervous, excited and thinking of all the fun times we've had together.

Starting School: A New Era for our Family

The announcement of which school she will be going to is one that starts the beginning of a new era for us.  I have absolutely loved having her at home with me, as much as we have been able.  It has been fun having long walks and doing little activities in the daytime.  As well as cuddling up and watching Disney films when she is shattered from a few days at nursery, as well as the walks.

I remember when S started school, all those years ago.  I remember spending the first couple of weeks in September missing these sorts of times.  I soon started thinking differently though, as S came home telling me all about the new friends he’d made during the day, as well as all of the fun activities he’d taken part in.  He always gave me extra long cuddles when he got home (he still does). Continue reading Thinking About Starting School

How to Survive Being Ill as a Single Parent









How to Survive Being Ill as a Single Parent http://dillydrops.co.ukI have been researching how to survive being ill as a single parent.  I say ‘researching,’ I mean that I have been very ill lately, with the flu first followed by an awful sickness bug, and thought I’d share some of the ways that I have, and am still trying to, get through it.  Here are my top tips on surviving when you are feeling really rubbish. Continue reading How to Survive Being Ill as a Single Parent

How to get children ready for school in good time

We have had many, many battles in my attempts to find out how to get children ready for school in good time.  My daughter is still young and is able to get up, feel motivated and get herself dressed and ready straight away.  My son, however, has made several attempts at the world record for slowest time to put a single sock on.  Here are some of the ideas that we have tried when trying to find the answer for how to get children ready for school in good time.

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