Category: Raising Girls

Great 1st Birthday Present Ideas

It is a special time for any parent when their baby turns one.  It seems to mark the start of the end of ‘baby’ and that can be a wrench. Sometimes it feels like there is a lot of pressure around 1st birthdays and having the perfect 1st birthday party or buying the perfect 1st […]

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Year 2 SATS – Is there too much pressure on our children?

This week my eldest will complete the end of key stage one tests otherwise known as the Year 2 SATS.  Over recent weeks and months I have seen loads of blog posts from mothers worried about the stress placed on their children; some as young as 6 years old and some poor children seemingly so […]

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birthday poem

A Happy Birthday Ode to the Twins

A happy birthday poem for my beautiful, smart and funny little girls as they turn 3… When they said it was twins my heart skipped a beat 4 under 4; how would I manage that feat? Our little family to double… Oh Lord!  We were in trouble!! But, manage we did and now here we […]

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age appropriate chores

Age Appropriate Chores for Children

Earlier this week we had a guest post on Navigating Baby about engaging children with spring cleaning and it got me thinking… what chores do my children do?  Actually they each have some things that they would either be expected to do themselves or to help me with each day.  I think it is really […]

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potty training tips

14 things you need to know about potty training

If you are of a sensitive disposition I warn you this post contains talk of bodily functions!   I have just started potty training number 4 and despite the fact that I have just had to pick up a massive poo from my back garden I remain hopeful that this will be the end of […]

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Toddler Development – A week of firsts

It is funny how toddlers develop in fits and starts so you feel like one day you have a baby and the next a threenager is staring back at you with their hands firmly planted on their hips as they wag their finger at you and say ‘NO’.  It’s like they wait until they have […]

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toddler tantrums

Dealing with Toddler Tantrums

Although I am now on my 3rd and 4th toddler I have not really had to deal with full on toddler tantrums. Both of the boys had wobblies and threw their toys out of the pram (metaphorically speaking), but they didn’t really do that on the floor kicking, screaming and gnashing of teeth toddler tantrums.  […]

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funny parenting tips

The only parenting tip you will ever need!

OK I have cracked it! I have got the only parenting tip you will ever need!  If you have this in your parenting arsenal you are all set.  Your sanity can be saved so what is this amazing parenting tip?  Drum roll please…………………………………. What?  I hear you cry…  I am serious excuses are your best […]

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kids friendly snack ideas

After School Snack

Does anyone else have children who come out of school and simply say ‘Snack’?  This is my reality.  I watch other children run to cuddle their mothers and exclaim how much they have missed them or simply start to babble about their day. My littles run to cuddle me too, but I think it might […]

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Hidden Vegetable Tomato Sauce and 7 other recipes

  At some point all children seem to go through an ‘I hate vegetable phase’.  If you are responsible for cooking for kids, are in that place and need a solution this easy hidden vegetable tomato sauce is the answer.   One of my son’s has a ‘hate’ food list and it gets longer, seemingly, by […]

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