*contributed collaborative post
As you look back on your time as a parent you are presented with a whole host of different ups and downs. The rollercoaster ride that happened from day one, and that’s still happening now takes you on quite a journey. There has been laughter, tears, upset, heartache and smiles, as you watch your little ones grow up.
more “The Rollercoaster Ride of Parenting: Good, Bad and Ugly”
There’s no doubt about it that this Autumn has seen a real shift in the dynamic of our household. With the Mouse having started a new five mornings pre school in September, and most of her friends starting school, our cold and often wet weather afternoons have all too often resulted in ‘chilling out’ indoors. Which I can’t lie, is often two hours spent cuddled up with the Mouse happily watching kids TV or playing with her toys and telling me to go away. more “The Adventures of Dangermouse; Bonding over baking”
Just a few weeks back sidelining at gym club I overheard a couple of Mums discussing primary school open days. Frantically discussing pros and cons, like and dislikes, Ofstead reports and catchment areas. It immediately transported me back to the autumn of 2015, when I was in a muddled mess trying to work out what the hell to pick as our three primary school choices for our eldest daughter. more “A different story – Primary school applications for siblings”
With each day that passes in our hectic lives it’s all too easy to overlook how things are changing at a rate of knots. Days turn to weeks, weeks to months and months to years, with a seamless transition through the phases of having a young family. And then, every now and again something stops you in your tracks and makes you look back at how far you’ve come. more “Sideliner Siblings”
I don’t need to remind you of the constant battle us mums have in trying to get their kids to put down their games consoles and head outdoors.
It’s hard work.
However, that doesn’t make me any less aware of the importance of trying to get the kids to embrace outdoor living in one form or another. more “The Benefits of Encouraging Your Child to Play Outdoors by Buying Them a Scooter”
Back in January 2017 I hit publish on a post…“The little white lies of parenthood”. It’s occurred to me that as I’ve continued on my journey of raising girls, I’ve raised a few more urban myths along the way.
more “Little White Lies of Parenting…the blogger edition”
It’s that time again, after the inevitable back to school foot measure (subsequent increase in shoe size) and the drop in temperature marking the beginnings of a season change, that one of those unavoidable jobs has to be faced.
The kids wardrobe change over. more “Bags of Clothes”
Back to school, whether you love choosing all new stationary for the kids, or simply dread the back to school shop, getting everything ready for September after 6 weeks of summer fun can seem like a daunting task. After weeks of late evenings, BBQs, days at the beach and family time the regiment of school can suddenly creep up on us! So, what can you do to be more organised this time round? more “6 ways to be more organised this school term”
Now that the summer holidays have drawn to a close, it’s inevitable that we start to look back and polish those memories into a gorgeous rose tint. To erase the grim moments from the archives of our mind and file the picture perfect sunsets on the sand under ‘K for keep’. more “Did Social Media ruin my summer?”
Over the course of my life so far, my camping experiences have fallen into three definitive categories: more “Happy Camping with kids in tow”