5 Sleep Aids To Tame A Sleep Raider

I fluked it with Emily (my eldest). She was more a Dream Raider. She found her thumb and self-settled immediately. By three months she was sleeping eight hour stretches. At four months it was closer to ten. *cue smug mummy… Jess was different. She was our rude awakening into months-long sleep-deprivation. She never found her thumb and kept spitting her…

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Eating Out As A Family: 9 Tips to Transform Your Experience

We love eating out as a family. Matt and I are big foodies and we want to pass that appreciation onto our children. I have my parents to thank for this. When I was growing up we ate out all the time. One of my earliest memories is me, aged 5, chowing down moules frites in a little seaside restaurant in the…

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Childbirth Isn’t As Scary As I Thought: 8 Ways To Reassure An Expectant Mother

I don’t know about you but I had a lot of pre-conceived notions about childbirth. I thought it would hurt like hell, I assumed the ‘pushing part’ would be over in seconds, and there was no way I’d be losing control and mooing like a cow (which I did apparently, thanks Matt). Here are 8 things I wish I could…

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Some Days

Some days I want to hide under the covers until the storm of you has passed. Some days I don’t want to lose my temper because ‘I’ve asked you nicely ten times’ but those school shoes are still not attached to your feet. Some days I don’t want to be the referee as you and your sister bite and scratch…

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The Great ‘Build-A-Bear’ Con (& How I Fall For It Everytime)

I took the girls to Build-A-Bear yesterday. It was a treat for Emily as she’s done so well in the BBC R2 Short Story Competition and Jess has managed to keep her new glasses on for 50% of the time. Before the Easter Holidays we were in single digits so it’s a big improvement. We haven’t been to Build-A-Bear since…

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Bedtime & Routines: What Works For Us

I saw someone post their bedtime routine on another page recently and I loved the idea. When the kids were babies I was always on the hunt for tips to tame my little Sleep Raiders. It took a bit of trial and error to perfect our routine but this is what works for us* *except when the 4yr old is tantruming and…

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5 Tips For Coping With Separation Anxiety

Both of my children suffered from Separation Anxiety. Every time I dropped them off at a childminder’s they would wail and scream, flinging their little arms at me like I was abandoning them on the bleak, stone steps of a Dickensian Workhouse. Back then I felt like I was splintering into a million pieces. I’d sit in my car and bawl into the steering wheel… Either that…

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