Tips for a last hurrah holiday before becoming a family of four

Adding another little bundle of joy to your brood is a very exciting prospect for the whole family. But pretty soon your eldest child won’t be the centre of attention all of the time anymore,…

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Having a bad day as a mum

We all have bad days – those days when just everything gets on top of us and it all ends in tears. And not just the kids’ tears. You know those days when it’s not…

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Christmas gift guide for babies and toddlers

Shopping for the children is the most exciting bit of Christmas for me, apart from the actual day itself. I am particularly looking forward to giving presents to my toddler this year, as at nearly…

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All I want for Christmas is… to not receive these bloody nightmare gifts for my kids

Having children really does add another dimension to the magic of Christmas. Their excitement is what it’s all about. On the other hand, it’s also when us parents are bombarded with a whole pile of…

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20 rules for parenting in the first year

When you’ve been a parent for nearly three years, have two kids and blog about being a mum that makes you qualified for… absolutely nothing. I don’t have all the answers but I’m learning new…

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Coral Reef Waterworld review

Coral Reef and I go way way back. I used to work there as a lifeguard about 15 years ago and I was swimming there as a child even longer before that. So I was…

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How to survive a day of parenting when you’ve been up all night

One of the hardest parts of having two very young and demanding children is the all-nighters you have to pull on a far too regular basis. There’s that awful moment when you look at the…

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The trials of teething

Just when you thought parenting a baby couldn’t get any more “fun”, along comes teething. There’s a reason why so many jokes and memes are created about babies and sleep in the first year. It’s…

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Decluttering my children’s toy collection

My kids have a mountain of toys and every week they get something new that gets chucked on the ever-expanding heap. There’s no organisation to it because at the end of every day we just…

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10 reasons why soft play should come with a public health warning

Parenting is full of dilemmas. One of the biggest ones strikes on a rainy day. Do we stay indoors and risk the kids destroying the house and our sanity or take them to soft play.…

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40 fun activities for two-year-olds (and parents who are rubbish at arts and crafts)

Once I was finally able to ditch art as a subject at school I thought my days of drawing laughable trees, wonky flowers and strange stick men were behind me. But the big problem for…

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Mummy, there’s a ghost in my room

There’s a good reason why so many horror films use children in the plot. It ramps up the tension, that feeling of unease, that heart-stopping dread, when something so innocent is at the centre of…

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5 occasions when parents get a crappy deal

Having children is brilliant, on the whole. It’s life-changing, emotional, life-affirming, joyful, magical, blah blah blah blah. But as time goes on I realise more and more how much us parents have a pretty raw…

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How to prepare for a Christmas baby

A newborn baby is the best gift you can welcome at Christmas. However Christmas is a busy period at the best of times. Family tensions that threaten to boil over if people don’t hold back…

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Has Halloween become too scary for toddlers?

I am a wuss when it comes to anything scary. I once went through one of those live action horror experiences where actors pretending to be serial killers chase you and I screamed. A lot.…

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