Gifts for 4-7 year olds that Will Still be Played with After Boxing Day

Every Christmas, between what we give them, what Santa brings in their stockings, gifts from family, friends, teachers, second cousins, twice removed and long lost aunts, my children probably get nearly 100 new things. By the new year, 90% of them have been forgotten. What follows is a list of gifts for 4-7 year olds that my children actually carried…

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Sibling Gifts: Should my Children Buy Each Other Christmas Presents?

As previously mentioned, I’m an only child. The sibling relationship is a mystery to me. One minute they’re playing happily, the next they’re trying to attack each other with forks when my back is turned. Their lives often seem like a never ending game of one-upmanship related to who has the bigger piece of cake, the best spot in the…

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Melted Crayon Glass Ornaments

I’m back with the melting crayons today but the final result is very different from the melted crayon tree decorations. These are glass baubles with crayons melted inside them and the result is quite grown up and elegant. I did these melted crayon glass ornaments when my children were 3 and 5 and really it would be better with older…

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Joining Beavers – A Parents Guide

Scouting has been going on in this country for many years and it’s something that still offers a huge number of benefits for children and young adults. Groups are run entirely by volunteers which is in itself testament to how much people care about it. Scouts welcomes both boys and girls and is made up of three main sections. My…

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Separation Anxiety in Older Children

Separation anxiety is a normal phase for children to go through. Babies often experience it when they first realise they are separate from their mothers. Toddlers may go through it, adding to the joys of the terrible twos. Preschoolers often experience it when they start spending extended periods of time away from their parents. What is talked about less is…

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