As a parent, one of the most difficult stages of your life is when your little babies make the transition from child to teenager. I am really nervous about this stage, but I have been offered some fabulous tips. After puberty, everything changes; the way they look, the way they talk and what they want to do with their hours is suddenly totally different. Whether they are out at a friend’s house with their phone out of battery, raiding the alcohol cabinet and replacing the Single Malt with water, or contemplating what a relationship feels like, it can seem like everything they do or say is designed to shock.
Summer is very much here, hopefully I am not the only parent to be suffering from the “daylight at bedtime, therefore it cannot be bedtime” issue with the children? The long days mean that darkness hits around 9:30pm, which is far too late for the kiddies to be going to bed. There is an answer to this though: blackout blinds! They are a must have for any child’s bedroom, completely magic.
It’s report time and this is the first year that we have had a “big boy report” for Noah from Year 1 and the first year they have both had a school report. It was very exciting reading them out as a family. Albeit followed by a sibling fight, which ruined the moment, hey ho! They both made Mummy and Daddy really proud with their effort and understanding. Both brilliant little mathematicians!
As a parent, you’ll spend hours of your life interacting with your children. From the moment they appear and flip your world upside down, those little smiles and telling looks will make all the difference. Even when your child doesn’t seem incredibly responsive, they’re taking things in, ingesting what they can see, and learning all the time. Communication is so powerful, and it’s such an important way to build relationships and get to know your children. If you find it difficult to break down barriers or you’re looking for new ways to interact with your kids and make the learning experience more fun, this guide should come in handy.
If you are looking to give your child a competitive edge, then one of the best things that you can do is to introduce them to another language as early in their development as possible. The brain of a child is highly adaptable and is almost like a sponge as it can soak up and retain so much information at a young age. There are articles online that have plenty of information on what makes a good environment for a child to learn a second language, but there are also other things that you can do to help to encourage them in their learning.
You may have seen on my social media accounts this morning, this is one of the many questions that my little Noah asked me when we turned on the news. The Manchester arena explosion at an Ariana Grande concert. Men, women and children hurt or worse. Not only did Daddy and I react, like every other family I suspect, in shock. So did Noah.
Scope have launched a fabulous and fun campaign this week: Mindful Monsters, to help encourage our little ones to be mindful. Mindfulness is all about being in the present, the now. It is really easy to do, look I will show you: take a deep breath and count to three, then breathe out again. That was you being in the present, thinking about your breathing. It’s something I have learnt at the age of 34, I am really pleased to hear that there is a push to encourage children to be more mindful.
My little lady is 5. I no longer have babies in my household. I have small children. Small children that are going on tiny grown ups. Isla is not only looking older and just beautiful (biased I know) but she is acting older too. She has lots of emotions at the moment, but on the whole she is polite, kind and very cuddly.
It’s Isla’s fifth birthday next Wednesday, I am still in shock how quickly this has come around, and it is always this time of year that leaves me thinking “What do you get a little girl these days?”. She loves her dolls, blind bag toys and surprise egg toys too. I love finding new products and we found a new one recently: L.O.L. Surprise! They are ball shaped, hidden under 7 layers of treats until you get the surprise in the middle… Its a mini doll!
Raising a child to match the world expectations always seems like a simple task. In most cases though, parents don’t know what to include as ingredients in their healthy parenting and even though it may not be visible seeing a kid develop physically as well as intellectually makes the happiest parent. It is the early stages of child development that matters most, it takes the memory of a child, an empty space and it transforms it in the extraordinary.