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
*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
Happy New Year! As we watched the fireworks on TV at midnight, and I thought about my personal resolutions, I couldn’t help but think about this neglected blog. I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with it, but thought I should at least give it a second chance. In part it is my … More Resolutions and excuses
Blogging has been on the back burner of late. I’d really like to get back into it…but I’ve yet to find the time and motivation! Here’s a brief summary of the summer. Longest summer holiday…ever! The summer has been extra-long: I loved the first part of the holiday, and it was great to see the … More It’s been a while: a summary of the summer
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?
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, that time of innocence, of long happy summers on warm beaches, of drinking Orangina out of strange-shaped bottles, of trying to extricate unknown seafood out of shells with an arsenal of unknown tools. OK. Maybe not representative of all of our experience in the EU, and I suspect we’ll still be allowed over there … More The innocence of EU-th