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Primary school open day: Five questions you should always ask.

Visiting a potential school for your child is always nerve wracking. It’s a big decision to make and you want to be sure that you have all the information you need. We’re off to visit our first choice of school for Lily tomorrow and my mind has been spinning with questions to ask!  Continue reading “Primary school open day: Five questions you should always ask.”

Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Yes, it is that time of year again! The Argos catalogue will soon be full of marker pen circles showing your child’s wants and wishes this Christmas season. Below are my top gifts for 2017! Continue reading “Christmas Gift Guide 2017”

Demi Giles: Is there an easy way to clean your kid’s room

Our debut guest blogger asks an interesting question: Is there an easy way to clean your kid’s room?

With start of the new school year, more and more parents restart the attempts to teach their kids the importance of keeping clean and neat. There’s just something in this September air that fills all of us, parents, with hopes. We hope that our kid will finally learn how to keep their room spotless, they’ll learn how to be organized, etc.. But we can’t expect our children to learn how to be organized on their own. We must be the ones to teach our kids to keep their rooms clean and tidy. And until we teach them, we’ll have to tidy up ourselves.

3146892703_9c34027a61_b.jpgMany parents all around the country complain of their inability to clean their kid’s room according to their expectations – it either ended up dirtier the next day, or it took too much time to clean. What too many parents don’t know is that it’s very easy to clean your kid’s room, all you need to do is adopt a few tricks (the tricks will also help you teach your kids to keep their rooms neat).

You’re not just someone who cleans the kid’s room – you gotta become the kid that cleans the room

If you don’t take your kid’s point of view, you could just as well not clean at all. If you arrange your child’s stuff the way that seems logical to you, but not to your kid, they’ll turn the room upside down as soon as you’re done cleaning, as stated by a children’s psychiatrist. If you want all your work to be worth it, you’ll have to take your kid’s point of view. Arrange everything according to their wishes, throw away the stuff you know your kid doesn’t like or doesn’t play with. You should also indulge them in the process.

Put everything in boxes today, you’ll go a long way

According to well-known scientists studying behavioural problems among children and teenagers, organizing everything your kid possesses in boxes and labelling them will help prevent issues such as anxiety, nervousness and tiredness – known to be caused by clutter and mess. Indulge your kid in the process. Help your kid organize everything in their room in three big piles – one for items they’ll discard, one for things they want to donate, and a final pile for things they’ll keep. Then help them organize the ‘keep pile’ into boxes. Voila! Perfectly organized room without any effort.

This method helps know your child better and gives great results, as one mother observed – she noticed that her son was unable to part with seven pairs of shoes. “As a result, we now have a special compartment in his wardrobe, designed for his shoes exclusively, and he’s really happy with it.” Another parent who tried the technique noticed that his daughter spend 80 percent less time to tidy up her room. “She knows where everything is supposed to be and doesn’t even need my help to put everything back where it belongs”

Indulge your kid in every part of the process

While you can spend all the time you like cleaning and organizing your kid’s room, if you don’t teach them to clean and maintain everything on their own, you won’t succeed in the long run. A mother taught her kids to clean their rooms by reading. She shared she reads her twins a story every time they clean. “If they stop cleaning, I stop reading. Thus, I can teach them that cleaning can be fun and they are really looking forward to the next time they’ll clean their room”. Try it, you’ll be surprised.

 

 

 

Weekend Box Fun with Snazaroo!

We’ve mentioned the Weekend Box on our social media and blog posts before. They’re a great way of entertaining your little one at home and on the go. We were thrilled to be sent the Snazaroo Weekend Box featuring one of our favourite things to do…Face Painting!

IMG_3409Firstly, this box has been a lifesaver lately. We’re in the final stages of wedding prep (9 days to go as I write this) and bless Lily, she has been a star! So a treat like this is just what she deserves plus, it gives us something to do together other than sorting everything else out!

Before we dive into how we got on with the face paint, I just want to point out some key facts about them:

  • Snazaroo’s face paints are made right here in the UK! Another string to our production bow!
  • They’re fragrance and paraben free. This is something important to me as both Lily and I suffer from extremely sensitive skin. This took away a lot of my nerves in using the product.
  • The paints are water-based. This makes them extremely easy to wash off, unlike others on the market.
  • All though they are safe for children to use, Snazaroo recommends that only children aged 3 years and above use them.

The Weekend box provides two mini kits for you to use. The first is the birthday party stamp kit, complete with three colours and three stamps (cupcake, smiley face and musical notes). This kit is easy peasy! You simply select the colour you want, put some paint on the stamp and off you go. You do need to give the stamp a wash before switching colour. I personally found that they mixed easily so just beware of that if you have a lot of children who all want different colours!

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The second is the mini-theme pack. Built up of three colours, a brush and sponge, this kit teaches you how to build mime/clown design. I’m no artist, but the instructions show you what to do and in as little as three steps. It starts off looking like quite a complex design, but as you can see you the instructions, it’s surprising how simple the changes between each step are. This pack is priced at £2.99 which I think puts it into a great market. It’s the right size and price for pocket money, restocking the craft box and would also make a great party bag filler!

Don’t forget you can subscribe to get your own Weekend Box over on their website! Click Here to go there and start having fun now!

When you finally get some alone time!

This week has been a really odd one. Matt’s working away and due to childcare logistics, Lily is on a week long sleepover at her gradnmother’s house. I’ve found myself in that odd world mums sometimes dream about…I’m at home, alone, for a whole week! Continue reading “When you finally get some alone time!”

They lied, it doesn’t get easier…

Not one bit!

Leaving Lily every day to go to work doesn’t get easier at all! It gets harder and more frustrating. All I seem to do lately is completely miss out on everything. She has developed and progressed so much over the last month and I haven’t had a chance to be a part of it. Continue reading “They lied, it doesn’t get easier…”

Scooter into Summer with Fascol!

Summer is here again! I still can’t quite believe it is August already, it feels like each year is flying past faster and faster. Before we know it, Lily will be off to university before we know it. Continue reading “Scooter into Summer with Fascol!”

Cozy phone Review

We were very excited to get the opportunity to review a set of CozyPhones. As a family that do a lot of driving around, keeping Lily entertained while not distracting us is important.  Continue reading “Cozy phone Review”

Is your baby’s food causing speech problems?

Can it really be that baby’s food packaging can cause speech problems?

Research from Kiddylicious Little Bistro has found that 71% of parents are unaware of the negative effect the plastic spout on some products can have on their baby’s speech development and teeth formation. Continue reading “Is your baby’s food causing speech problems?”