9 terrible truths about the terrible twos

The terrible twos are utterly brutal. Just when you thought your child was entering those golden years when your family life would look like something from an Enid Blyton book illustration, your kid whacks you…

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Why I find playing with my kids boring

I feel like I need to begin this post with a huge disclaimer. I love my children. I love being with them. I think they are awesome. But, I am 35 years old. My kids…

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Why you shouldn’t stress about your toddler’s fussy eating

It’s a familiar scene for all of us mums. You’ve slaved away over the family meal for hours and hours on end.  You picked something that should be a crowd pleaser, something that you know…

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5 signs your toddler is ready to ditch their nap

It can be hard to spot the signs your toddler is ready to ditch their nap.  If they have started refusing to have a daytime snooze it’s difficult to tell if this is just toddler…

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7 tips for potty training when out and about

Potty training is a tough phase that all parents go through and it can make you feel like you’re tied to the house while your toddler is getting the hang of it.  There’s no reason…

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One day it will be the last time

As I picked up my youngest for the 7,456,788th time the other day (I kid you not), I had a thought. One day it will be the last time I pick her up. I don’t…

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Top tips for child-proofing your garden

You’ve probably been over every room in your home with a fine-tooth comb looking for potential danger zones as you child-proof every sharp edge and plug socket. But have you taken a look at what…

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13 parenting moments that make you lose the plot

The early years are full of milestones to celebrate, but let’s be honest, there are also plenty of moments  that test our patience to the absolute limit. Parenting littles is a tough business. They’re irrational,…

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Why I’m nervous about spending more time with my children

When my second maternity leave finished I was really downhearted at the prospect of missing out on so much time with the children. I returned to work full-time in January, working Sunday to Thursday from…

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11 tips for taking a toddler to a wedding

Attending a wedding used to be all about taking advantage of the free bar and dancing to cheesy music until the early hours. When you have a toddler in tow, things are slightly different. But…

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11 ways to treat chicken pox

Do you think your child has chicken pox? Are you looking for ways to stop them from scratching and help them sleep through the night? Although you might feel powerless, there are actually quite a…

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How I’ve survived 18 months with two under two

I’m a few pounds heavier, there are permanent grey circles under my eyes, I can no longer retain new information and I’ve forgotten what it feels like to pee in peace. But I have survived…

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How to create the perfect toddler birthday party bags

The early birthday parties are chaotic, but they are also the most fun in many ways. The kids are beyond excited, and as a parent it’s such a satisfying feeling to know you’ve given your…

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11 reasons why toddlers are the cutest

I complain about my toddlers a lot, both verbally and to myself – either muttering four-letter words under my breath or looking to the skies as I plea for divine intervention. I get stressed out…

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11 ways to pick yourself up on hard days

As mums we all know that the joy far outweighs the bad. But, and that’s a big but, it’s bloody hard work sometimes. There are definitely good days and bad days, though we often get…

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Straight-talking health advice in your pocket: The Caidr app

It’s not easy being a parent, but perhaps the biggest challenge that we face is worry. We worry if our kids have eaten enough, had enough sleep, are feeling happy and perhaps the biggest cause…

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10 times parents think they have control, but actually have none

We are the grown-ups, so we think we have ultimate control over our children, right? Wrong, we are totally beholden to their whims, moods and behaviour. Try as you might go fight it, the fact…

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Lelli Kelly: Shoes fit for a princess!

There are many times since having my kids that I’ve been a bit green with envy. The freedom to behave however you want, never having to cook or clean and living for fun every day.…

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10 easy ways to entertain a baby and a toddler

Trying to keep a baby and a toddler happy and entertained all day can be exhausting and stretch your imagination to the limit. Many toddler toys are not age appropriate for babies and you don’t…

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How to survive a toddler

It was only a few months ago that your child was a teeny baby causing you grief at all hours of the night. Now you have a toddler on your hands, and while the nights…

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