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
As tempting as it is to rely on Dr Google, taking advice from strangers on the Internet can be dangerous (or in this case, messy). It’s part of the reason I don’t give advice on the blog – I don’t know your individual situation. I can’t possibly know all the variables of a problem. I … More Why you should be cautious of Internet advice
Happy half term! This is the easy one. The one where the kids play in the sun and I sit back and watch at a distance with a cold alcoholic beverage. The one that’s only really four days long. The one where the kids look just the right level of sun-kissed by the end. The … More The easy half term!
I feel like I’ve used every tool in my Parenting Arsenal, and the kids still aren’t playing ball. Am I just overthinking things? I’m not arguing against evidence-based parenting (obviously!), but there are times when I wonder if I might do better going on instinct…but usually as I’m thinking this I am also looking up … More Five (or more) animals that do parenting better than me
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!
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
So, today is the end of British Science week. Nine days of science has been hard to cram in, and I’ve come to the conclusion that sometimes the best way to explain things to toddlers and preschoolers is in amongst what you’re already doing. While we all enjoyed playing with cabbage water and making craters … More British Science Week round up
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