She ate all the chocolate. Twice. The first time was dramatic, the second was telling. The first time was the advent calendars. I’d put them in the lounge, out of reach of Boybug (obvs), and only just in reach of Girlbug. There were two each. Each child had a cardboard, chocolate filled one, and one … More Girlbug ate all the chocolate: a lesson in impulse control
This is a scientific shout out to all you parents out there who deal with fussy eaters. Day in, day out. And worry, and feel guilty. I can’t help you with the worry, but maybe this will make you feel a teensy bit less guilty. I hope so. So, a few weeks back I detailed … More Fussy eaters: nature or nurture?
Fear is a funny thing. Girlbug is really only just learning about it. She isn’t particularly cautious or fearful by nature, but these last few weeks, she has declared she’s scared of the dark and of monsters. Thing is, the glint in her eye and smirk round her lips tell me otherwise. She’s just practising. … More Fear, risk and the parental echo chamber
So, Boybug has his 2-year review with the health visitor next week. I knew it was coming, and was braced for questions about his height and/or weight, maybe a question about his language, movement, social skills. I was not expecting a 7 page questionnaire!! Now, at the top of the questionnaire it does say “this … More Tests for two year olds?
A new report shows that UK hens eggs are rarely contaminated with Salmonella. This is great news for those who love runny eggs, especially for pregnant ladies, young children and other vulnerable groups, for which a bout of Salmonella could be really unpleasant! I’ve written about eggs before, see here for a full description about … More Are eggs safe?
Ah, back to this topic. I’ve mentioned before Boybug’s ample stature, and that at seven months the health visitor advised me to consider portion control (I didn’t do it). But was she right? Am I over-feeding Boybug? Is he heavy or fat or both? I read this on the BBC last week: “Researchers used the … More Is a heavy baby a fat baby?
There are really very few occasions I can think of when anyone saying “maybe you shouldn’t have a baby right now” is going to be either wise or welcomed. Even fewer where the entity saying it is a national government. But it happens. In the recent Zika virus outbreak in South America, several countries called … More It’s not OK to tell a woman to delay pregnancy!
I knew it. When, as a tiny baby Girlbug stuck her tongue out, it wasn’t aimed at me! The latest science seems to show (I say seems, I can only access the abstract) that babies don’t possess the innate ability to mimic facial expressions. It’s learnt some time after birth. Isn’t he early weeks, if … More It wasn’t aimed at you Mum!
Life with young chidren seems to make stomach upsets unavoidable. Thankfully, they’re usually over pretty quickly. I often see posts about it on social media, so I’ve made a little infographic, and had a think about some of the questions that are sometimes asked. Like everything, there are exceptions to the rule. Like always, I’m not offering … More What caused the stomach ache?
I’ve written about Meningitis B more than anything else in the last few months. But it has probably been the most high profile “kids and science” topic in the last few years! Last week the petition was finally considered in the House of Commons, and here’s what will probably be my final piece on it … More Meningitis B, again!