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How to be a Good Enough Parent: A Case Study

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.

How to be a Good Enough Parent: A Case Study

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... Unwanted parenting advice.

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

3 Ways to Keep Warm this Winter

This week has seen the return of the colder weather so we have been thinking about different ways to keep warm this winter.  We tried to hang on to autumn as much as we could but now we have to accept that winter is finally here.  As someone that really feels the cold (yes me, who sits in a jumper during the summer months), keeping warm is something that I often think about.

3 Ways to Keep Warm this Winter

Ways to Keep Warm this Winter: Hot Chocolate and Warming Food

This time of year, I absolutely love enjoying a hot chocolate now and again.  Continue reading 3 Ways to Keep Warm this Winter

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

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