Our oldest son was born in July making him very much a summer born child. We seriously considered deferring his school entry (and for a long time, wished we had) but were put off doing it because at the time, where we lived, it would have meant he would have had to miss the reception […]
Life with Older Children
For me, parenting older children has been sooo much easier than parenting babies and toddlers! I know it isn’t the case for everyone but being able to sleep all night, having six hours a day of peace and quiet while they are at school and them even making me the occasional cup of tea certainly seems preferable to me!
My posts about older children are split into three categories. Parenting older children, school and learning and fun with older children.
Parenting older children contains posts that offer advice about looking after older children. Things like eating, sleeping and anxiety are covered.
School and Learning contains posts about supporting older children throughout their education as well as resource guides on particular topics.
Fun with older children includes things like toys that my children have enjoyed and reviews of days out.
If you have older children you might also be interested in reading the posts in the Free Range Parenting category which includes stuff about playing out and managing boredom.
Both of my children have been members of Cubs and really enjoyed it. As someone who had no experience of Scouting, I really wasn’t sure what to expect when they were first joining Cubs. Now that they’ve been having fun in with Scouting for a few years, and I myself have become a scouts volunteer, […]
While my son had some separation anxiety when he was a toddler, for my daughter that separation anxiety has continued and it’s something that she still struggles with at 9. I’ve written before about how we cope with it but I wanted to expand further on how we deal with separation anxiety at night. As […]
Separation anxiety is a normal phase for children to go through. Babies often experience it when they first realise they are separate people 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. […]
Pocket money is one of those issues that all parents do differently. Personally, I’ve always been very torn about linking it with chores because I feel that chores should be done as part of family life rather than being rewarded. On the other hand, I want my children to understand that money has to be […]