Mum on a mission: Dorota Dyk’s Medapti

There’s something so inspiring about seeing a Mum take an everyday challenge, spin an idea and make it happen. That’s why I’m supporting Dora – a Mum on a mission, hoping to make a real go of her ingenious product and see it change lives. I’ve had my own battles with administering medicine to my kids – pondering over whether I even need to give it is the start of the battle! I’m handing over, Dragons Den style to Dora, and hoping that she gets the break she deserves… more “Mum on a mission: Dorota Dyk’s Medapti”

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An uninvited house guest; surviving a stomach bug

I doubt there are many parents who have dodged the bullet of a contagious stomach bug at some point. Thanks to playgroups, nurseries and schools, these little pests can turn up when least expected and spread like wildfire through the family. Hurrah. more “An uninvited house guest; surviving a stomach bug”

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Creatures of habit

“STOP BEING SILLY”. It’s the words my neighbours hear far too frequently being hollered through the walls of our adjoining homes, or out on the front driveway, as I’m trying to coerce one of the kids out of an irrational meltdown over one of their ‘things’. more “Creatures of habit”

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GUEST POST: How Motherhood made me a better doctor

I have been a medical doctor for over fifteen years. About thirteen years ago I had my first child. Those first two years of practising medicine, I would see anxious parents with their sick children, at the time I did not realise but I could not really fully appreciate their concerns. Not really identifying that look on mum’s face, where any parent will instantly recognize that they’ve been up all night with a feverish child or a vomiting baby. Once I had my own children I was able to use a very powerful tool in my consultations, I was able to practice empathy. more “GUEST POST: How Motherhood made me a better doctor”

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Does the early bird catch the worm?; (Not) Coping with an early riser

I’m not so sure the early bird does catch the worm anymore. I think the early bird got up at a ridiculous hour and is going to be in a foul mood by 11am. more “Does the early bird catch the worm?; (Not) Coping with an early riser”

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Saying goodbye to the dummy

Note: Unless you have a small child who is heavily reliant on the pacifying effects of a dummy, you will probably be bored to tears by this post. If, however, you are are here by the power of google looking for the holy grail of how to wean a dummy, I feel your pain. Because, this time last week I was you. *waving from the other side* (and still can’t quite believe it).  more “Saying goodbye to the dummy”

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Transitioning your toddler to a bed

When it comes to moving your baby from it’s cot to a bed, us parents range from the super-keen-can’t-wait-to-get-cracking, to the waiting-as-long-as-possible-totally-in-denial-it-ever-has-to-happen but in the name of progress there’s no putting it off forever. more “Transitioning your toddler to a bed”

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[After school] clubbing

The alternative title for this post was ‘Mum bludgeoned to death by [after school] club. A tad extreme maybe, but it gives a little insight into the tone of the content.

We started our eldest in a couple of activities whilst she was in pre-school; Swimming, and a tiny gymnastics group. Back then, in the freedom of our long afternoons and lack of ties from a work schedule it was a fun way to keep her active and engaged as she was so clearly ready for more stimulation in the run up to school. more “[After school] clubbing”

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Second child syndrome… is it an actual thing?

Once upon a time we would have described our first daughter as lively, feisty, bold, cheeky, adventurous…all those adjectives you associate with a little firecracker kid. And we really believed she was all of those things. That is until we met her little sister, who showed us exactly what those definitions REALLY meant. more “Second child syndrome… is it an actual thing?”

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When should you give Calpol or Nurofen to your kids?

This blog post is not intended as medical advice – if you have any health concerns about your child consult with a healthcare professional.

It’s pretty clear from one look at the number of branded syringes in our cutlery drawer that we aren’t adverse to giving our children Calpol or Nurofen when they are under the weather.

The trouble is, it’s always been a bit of a grey area…I mean, a baby can’t tell you he’s feeling under the weather can he? He can only cry. Like he does when he’s hungry, overstimulated, tired, too hot, too cold or just damn fed up. Even an older child will try it on big time for a drop of the pink stuff. more “When should you give Calpol or Nurofen to your kids?”

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