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
*sigh* I feel like this could become a regular blog item. Toddlers are renowned for being fussy, but Boybug really isn’t. His eating habits seem set to “random”. He is well known for his consumption of the inedible. Fox poo, stock cubes (with foil on), raw potatoes and play doh are just some of the … More What my toddler ate today
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?
That’s been asked quite a lot. And I did, it was great. Highlights included eating crepes and drinking beer in the squares of Lille, the kids excitement over tarantulas and stick insects in Lille’s natural history museum, watching a star-struck Girlbug splutter and stammer in front of Cinderella, watching Boybug follow Grandpa round like a … More Did you enjoy your holiday?
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?
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?