The joys of parenthood – Baby proofing

Before I had my own children I had always said I wasn’t going to change my house around too much for the kids, it was our house and I/we as parents would teach them boundaries and they would have to learn the word “NO”. I didn’t want locks on everything, stairgates everywhere or to removeRead more

Should babysitters be paid minimum wage?

How much to pay babysitters

I have always looked after children even before having my own.  For my school work placements I worked in schools and was asked by a few of the parents to babysit their children in the evenings from the age of around 14. After school I went onto college to study for my DNN (Diploma inRead more

Do kids need routine?

Routine: noun 1. a customary or regular course of procedure. 2. commonplace tasks, chores, or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; typical or everyday activity: the routine of an office. 3. regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative, or rote procedure. When our children are babies we spend ages working out an easy way toRead more

Baby Brain – does it ever go away?

I have endless to-do-lists, pieces of paper hidden everywhere, notes in my phone, alerts on the phone, I have to set an alarm so I don’t miss school pick up, doctors appointments have to be written down then put straight into the diary – all so I don’t forget. I never used to be likeRead more

Hit by the Lunchbox Police already!

We are now into week 3 of School and I’ve been in trouble with the teachers already – well three times actually but that’s another post. Emmy does 3 afternoon’s at School and one full day.  On the full day I have to send her in with a lunchbox. Her first day of School wasRead more

Holidaying in the Holidays

The School holiday’s at the moment don’t mean much to Emmy or us as being at pre-school it is hit and miss whether she goes or not, meaning holidays for us can be taken at any time of the year.  From September she will be in Nursery so we need to start thinking about adhering toRead more

A Letter to all the interferring busy bodies……….

Dear Old Lady in the Doctors, There is a reason I am in the doctors surgery with my two children on a Monday morning. This isn’t the place I choose to spend my Monday morning, it’s not a pleasant place to be. Keeping two children amused while my appointment over-runs by nearly an hour isn’tRead more