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?
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?
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!
No. No, it’s definitely not. But please do read on, don’t just go away safe in the knowledge that Lego will not break your children! Did you see Ben Fogle is worried that Lego have “cheated youngsters and their parents out of any chance to be creative”. No? Well he is very concerned. It’s now … More Is Lego ruining our kids?
There are plenty of commentaries about the role of social media, gagetry and screens in our children’s upbringing, and I’m loathed to add to it…But I’m going to. I am a first-generation IT-child. I started school in the world of BBC computers (well…one computer) and wheeled-out cathode ray tube TVs. I lived the first decade … More Technological tots
Ok, ok. Tenuous at best. Today was an unproductive, disorganised day. We’ve all got colds, Boybug was up for 3 hours in the night, and I just didn’t have a science experiment in me! I’ve done no housework either, and thought if I added a messy science experiment to the mix my husband might complain! … More BSW day 7: Investigating the iPad
Today was going to be Boybug’s day of science…but after a busy morning at our usual toddler group he slept through our scheduled experiment. So we waited for big sis to come home, and got very wet together. I kid myself when I think this would be any more controlled with just Boybug. He was … More BSW day 5: Bobbing boats
Today was the day of Girlbug’s preschool booster vaccinations. What better way to demonstrate the wonders of science and celebrate British Science Week? Girlbug didn’t see it that way, however. We prepped her before hand – a little pain now is better than being really ill another day. She agreed in principle. Turns out, she … More BSW day 4: Chocolate craters and dreaded doctors
Ok, so we’re finally getting into the swing of things now. Today, we got out the cabbages! Red cabbages, when boiled, create a juice that can be used as an indicator, going pink in acids and blue in alkalis. With the help of some vinegar and bicarbonate of soda we played around with colours and … More BSW day 3: colourful cabbages