Raising Left Handed Children (When you’re both righties)

Chris and I are both right handed. Boy Child and Girl Child are both left handed. I hadn’t really considered left or right handedness to be of particular relevance to parenting until I found myself trying to reverse stuff like using knives and forks in order to teach them how to eat their dinner. Doing stuff backwards is surprisingly difficult.…

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Toddler Groups: Do they Deserve their Bad Reputation?

Every day thousands of toddler groups take place in community venues and church halls across the country. Different from their more formal cousin, the baby and toddler class, they are intended to be a way for parents of the under 5s to meet each other while the children burn off some of their endless energy. They have a reputation for…

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Kids TV: Ages and Phases

While there is plenty to suggest that the under 2s shouldn’t watch TV at all, mine did. In fact, they watched TV for the first time at about 4 weeks old when I discovered that the TV would distract them from their colicky screaming for 5 whole minutes. At the time, the Simpsons seemed to be the most effective but…

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Kids and Their Crap – Why do they have so much stuff?

I am not a minimalist by any means, and I’m certainly not a clean freak. I do however, hate clutter. The more stuff I have, the more stressed I feel. For me possessions are something if a burden. This hatred of clutter wasn’t really a problem until I had kids. Whenever I felt overwhelmed by stuff I just had a…

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Raising an Extrovert Child (When you’re a Raving Introvert)

I’m really not sure how we ended up with an extrovert child. I’m a massive introvert, as is my Mum. While I wouldn’t necessarily describe Chris as a classic introvert, he certainly appreciates the benefits of time alone. None of his family are particularly extroverted. My Dad is the closest to an extrovert so I guess I’ll just blame him. …

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