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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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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When Bad Car Journeys Happen To Good(ish) People

Do you plan long car journeys right down to the last Travel Scrabble letter? Do you, like me, hate leaving things to chance because there’s nothing more painful than two tetchy, bored kids asking ‘are we nearly there yet?’ when there’s still hours to go? No parent wants to contemplate the fallout of traffic jams, overheated cars or flat tyres. Positive…

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