Hello, Bonjour, Ni hao!

Now that 2017 is truly underway, we have started getting back into our activity filled routines. It is common knowledge that a child should be introduced to a second language during the formative years (5 and under) to have any hope of reaching near fluency. The question is, usually which language, how many or is…

KidZania – every child’s dream

We went, we had fun and we’ll be going back! W turned the big 4 and I decided a trip to KidZania was in order to celebrate.  We went early to avoid the crowds, large groups of school children started arrive in  the afternoon which made it a bit more difficult to participate in activities. …

Teaching consent

What is consent and how do you teach it? Everywhere I look, people are stressing how important it is to teach our children about consent. The general consensus is that girls need to know how to say no and boys need to know that no means no. I don’t agree, there isn’t a right or…

The Fantastic World of Dr Seuss

Discover Children’s Story Centre currently has a Dr Seuss Exhibition and it’s as amazing as it sounds!  The exhibition experience and the storytelling session are included in the ticket price but you do need to book a space.  We spaced our day out by visiting the exhibition first, we were read the first few pages…

Chores

The word ‘chores’, in my mind, conjures up the image of workhouse orphans singing it’s hard knock life but it doesn’t have to be that way.  We do chores but with the approach that they are learning skills for life and incorporate it into our everyday, rather than a checklist with a reward or punishment…

No, I’m not the nanny

Dear Stranger, This is an open letter to everybody, in particular the ignorant, inconsiderate and insensitive individuals I’ve had the misfortune to encounter. Most parents have had that horror movie experience when you awake suddenly at 2am to find a small person barely inches from your face, watching you sleep. That happened to me me…

FOMO – The lazy way to parent?

B and W suffer from a severe case of FOMO (fear of missing out) and I’ll hold my hands up to say that I exploit this at any given moment. There are many tools in the parenting toolbox that border on manipulation, emotional abuse and with a dash of reverse pyschology this is one of them. But…

Education Nightmare

There are but a few things in my experience of the education system that I have found stressful: Secondary school entrance exams were stressful, A Level exams were stressful, navigating UCAS and trying to speak to a human you can understand at Student Finance were both stressful. These, however, pale in comparison to the nightmare…

Theatre Trips

Living in London it’s nigh on impossible to avoid a trip to the theatre. We are a theatre loving family, I saw 2016 out with a matinee performance of The Bodyguard with my sister and saw 2017 in with a family friendly theatre experience with the boys. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other stories, was…

To match or not to match?

It’s pretty clear by now that I often match or dress W & B as similarly as possible, evidenced by their big brother/little brother Christmas Day outfits by Loan Bor (a traditional Spanish clothing company) and purchased from Panache Kids (one of the few UK stockists). I know as they get older and develop their…

Marrakesh, Morocco

This was the second time we had been out to Marrakesh (in 2016), it’s one of my favourite places to visit with young children, so I’m going to combine my experiences from both trips into this one post. Getting there First things first, if you’re a single parent like I am, you need to find the…

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

Sorry, I’ve been a bit MIA (the reasons for which will be published in my catch up holiday posts to come!). I’m not doing the whole new year, new me resolutions this year. I never succeed at them! I’m going for a new year, better me attitude instead. How am I going to be a…