This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.

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This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

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🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.

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🌾 I adore this photo!...

Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!

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Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?

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What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?

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How to help kids with bedtime anxieties

We have always struggled with our bedtime routine, well we have since Isla has been around. She does not like to sleep. We thought, as the children got older, that the bedtime routine would get easier. It hasn’t really and so we have to try lots of different things to help get through those bedtime anxieties. I have written down some things we did when the kiddies were babies and what we do now, incase this helps any one going through similar.

Bedtime routine for babies

When the kiddies were younger we had a typical bedtime routine: evening meal, a little playtime, bath, story time and then bed. We even invested in Ewan the Sheep to help Isla sleep. It helped for a while as I tried to seperate myself from Isla. She didn’t settle if I left her room before she fell asleep. So up until she was 9 months or so I was spending every evening, until she fell asleep, in her room. The nights of singing, rocking and just being next to her cot were quite hard work. She has always had bedtime anxieties ever since day dot. Noah has always been a great sleeper, right from 6 weeks. It is amazing how brilliant he is at going to sleep.

Bedtime routine for children

These days, Isla is 7 and Noah is 9, we still have our issues and I am 100% certain they stem from when Isla was a baby. Noah is still great at going to sleep, however, he gets woken up by Isla or sometimes get FOMO (fear of missing out) and stays awake longer than he really wants to. Isla gets bedtime anxieties all of the time. She doesn’t like the dark, she doesn’t like the silence, she doesn’t like the temperature of her bedroom… you catch the drift.

bedtime anxieties

I think, on average, 4 out of the 7 nights a week she will come down the stairs upset about something. Not because there is anything the matter, but because she wants some reassurance and a little cuddle. We get through it and then she will go to bed. It is really hard to keep the children settled at bedtimes at this age as they do so much; kids clubs are at random times in the evenings and life means they are not always in bed by 7pm. Which is what I aim for, I am not sure if this time is adequate for a 7/9 year old.

On an average night we do the following: get ready for bed around 6:45pm, clean teeth and go for a wee etc, story time and then get into bed. We have a nightlight in both the children’s bedrooms and Alexa who reads them stories for 30 minutes.

Unicorn bedtime

Toys to help with anxieties

Having a little routine seems to have settled her a little. As I said above, 4 out of 7 nights she still comes down the stairs for a little reassurance. We have recently got her a Rainbow Dreams unicorn from Bandai, to help settle her. A little night light soft toy helps, unicorns are still her favourite thing too. Rainbow Dreams is a cute soft and snuggly toy that you can find for £16.99 on Amazon. She lights up and plays magical sounds too which Isla just loves.

She has a little routine where she puts all her toys in a particular position. She turns her nightlight on and asks Alexa to play her bedtime stories. I created a playlist of bedtime stories for both Noah & Isla.

I am hoping as she gets older and realises she doesn’t have to be scared these anxieties will ease off. It’s so hard to not let it disrupt the family home at bedtimes. Lots of patience and big, supporting, hugs before bedtime! Do you have any tips on helping with bedtime anxieties as we would love to know in the comments below?

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4 Comments
  • Karen Radford
    March 4, 2020

    I have to get in bed with my 5 year old (which means I usually fall asleep too!) but then he usually stays asleep all night

  • Sheena Batey
    March 4, 2020

    I was a terrible child for going to sleep my dad used to sing to me but I always wanted more in contrast my own child went straight off and slept through

  • Susan Willshee
    March 4, 2020

    This isn’t a tip really as it seems you are doing everything right. All I would say is that I think we should realise that children are just little version of adults and not all adults have the same sleep patterns, so it sees a little unfair to expect all children to want to sleep at the same time.
    In our house for example, I never get to sleep before about one am but hubby could drop off on the sofa at eight pm every night. I often go to bed with him at ten (that’s the longest he can last!) but then I just lie there thinking about everything.
    I wonder if it’s the same for some children. Whether the anxieties actually come from just having too much time lying alone in bed and thinking about everything that could go wrong.
    I don’t have an answer I’m afraid, I’m sure I’d be pilloried for suggesting that we let children settle on their own bedtimes. Perhaps we could just make sure that ‘going to bed’ doesn’t actually mean they have to immediately go to sleep and we could allow them to have some toys to talk to or a book to read.

    • Steph T
      March 18, 2020

      I have to usually stay with my little one hut he goes off to sleep quick

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