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My Idea of a Perfect Mother’s Day

Ahhhh, Mothers Day.  I have fond memories of the homemade cards I presented to my mum when I was at primary school and she always looked delighted to receive my colourful splodges. When I got  a bit older I even used my pocket money to buy her a box of chocolates and a bunch of carnations.

Now, as a mum myself I have my own idea of what a perfect mother’s day would involve and surprisingly, it wouldn’t cost the earth!

1.A lie in

I can barely sleep past 7am these days due to my silly body clock being programmed to wake up but it would be lovely to have a lazy start to the day and even to watch a bit of telly in bed, or read my book with some peace and quiet

2. Breakfast in bed

I genuinely can’t remember the last time I had breakfast in bed.  These days I’m usually running around making sure that everyone is out of the door on time with a full tummy and dressed appropriately. A cup of hot coffee and pancakes with fruit would be heavenly but a slice of toast would do just as well.

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3. A homemade/thoughtful gift

Expensive gifts don’t impress me.  Something small and thoughtful means so much more to me. The only other thing that would be amazing would be a pamper session at my favourite beauty salon.

4.Lunch at the pub with the family

I love a pub lunch on a Sunday anyway. Even though I don’t eat meat, a vegetarian roast with a glass of red wine  and my favourite people would go down an absolute treat.

5. Some Fresh Air

I love walking outside.  I am lucky to be in an area that has some fantastic places to go for a lovely walk. My favourite of these at the moment is Westonbirt Arboretum. Dyrham Park is lovely too and there are some places that don’t cost a penny. Anything to get outside and be with nature.  I find it incredibly restorative.  The only proviso of this would be ‘no whinging allowed!!’.

6. Have some child free time

Surely Mother’s day is about spending time with your kids? Well, I’m not so sure. Personally, I think it would be lovely to have a few hours of me time, to catch up on rubbish telly or watch a film.  I would love nothing more than hubby to take the kids out for a couple of hours so I could just be me!

7. A nice long soak in the Bath

The perfect way to end the day.  I’d probably stick a face mask on too and maybe do my nails so that I’d have a mini pamper session

I appreciate that this is quite a lot to fit into one day so if none of this was possible, I’d settle for having a wee in peace, a bunch of flowers and not having to do any cooking, cleaning or other chores for the day !!

Hubby!! Take note xxx

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Breastfeeding and Tooth Decay. Are they linked?

As a dentist and a breastfeeding mum this is an area that I did a lot of personal research into following the birth of my son and when I decided to continue breastfeeding beyond 6 months. During my training at dental school we were told that ‘extended’ breastfeeding beyond 18 months, especially at night, increased the risk of developing tooth decay. My 2 and a half year old son still breastfeeds and only stopped feeding at night after turning 2 so this is a topic that is very important to me.
Whilst researching this subject I was shocked by how little relevant, up to date, high quality research is actually available on the subject and this disappoints me greatly.  Surely, this is an important subject that deserves to be well researched especially due to the shocking number of children who are admitted to hospital in the UK to have teeth removed.

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Why I’m not potty training my 2 year old

Potty training is a hot topic amongst my friends and acquaintances at the moment with some early accomplishers and others who are older and still in nappies.  There is definitely an element of competition and pressure to conform especially as some nurseries will not allow children into preschool if they still wear nappies.  This baffles me, as the average age for daytime dryness is 3 years old, which is the age that preschool starts.  Now, please note, that  this is the ‘average’.  This means that some children will be closer to 4 or possibly even older when they are consistently dry during the day.  I do appreciate that there can be medical causes for a delay but those are not sufficient to skew this average.

I think there is excessive pressure placed on parents to start potty training when their kids aren’t ready.  This pressure  may be passed on to the children and can lead to anxiety in both parent and child. I don’t think this is a healthy place to start developing a new skill  and that is why I will not bow to the pressure just to conform.  I will wait for my little boy to show me when he is ready.

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World Book Day! Reading ideas and recommendations for babies and toddlers

Reading to Babies and Toddlers

At the time of writing this, it is world book day and I have sent Z to nursery in the ‘Big Bad Mouse’ costume that I lovingly created for him (it was a VERY basic pattern, my sewing skills are nothing to write home about).  I love the thinking behind World Book Day; to promote reading to the generations that will grow up in a world of technology and ignite a passion for reading. My family has always had a great love of books and our dining room has shelves upon shelves filled with all sorts of reading material, both fiction and non-fiction.

A love of books and reading was instilled in me from a young age, my mum was a librarian and regularly brought home books for me to tuck my nose into. I always loved going to visit the library where she worked and would happily take home a stack of books to enjoy  as many times as I could before they had to be returned. Continue reading “World Book Day! Reading ideas and recommendations for babies and toddlers”

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Chronic Sleep Deprivation and How to Survive It

If you carry out an internet search on ‘coping with sleep deprivation for parents’ the majority of what you will find is targeted at the newborn stage.  Those early months with a brand new human are meant to involve significant tiredness and I think all new parents expect this.  What a lot of parents, myself included,  don’t expect is for this stage to last beyond a short while and anticipate that after a few months of a bit of tiredness they will get back to  their 8 hours of sleep a night, every night once again.

If you are one of those lucky folk (and I know you are out there!) then fantastic! That’s super! Just please, don’t go bragging to the mum of a two year old who has her top on backwards, dark circles under her eyes and a random empty yoghurt pot in her bag.  She will not be accountable for her actions if you do!

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Our Meningitis scare. Be aware!!

Meningitis. The mere mention of this illness is enough to strike fear into the heart of any parent. It is easy to misdiagnose in the early stages and can lead to permanent disability or in the worst case, death if not treated early. Both myself and my husband have survived meningitis (about 20 years apart) relatively unscathed  but it is a scary diagnosis.  It is even scarier when it doesn’t present in a typical way which makes misdiagnosis more likely. My husband and son (who was 18 months old at the time) were both very poorly  in early 2016, one of them had flu and the other had meningitis.  I’m sharing our story in the hopes that it may help someone else in the same situation.

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Top Ten Tips for TLC of Tiny Teeth

We all know that looking after our children’s teeth from a young age is important but it often feels like a struggle.  Especially if you have a wriggly, resistant two year old who sounds like they are being murdered any time you try to get a toothbrush near them (trust me! I know what this is like).

As a dentist (as well as a mum) I want to share a few tips and products that I have found useful and that may be helpful for you.

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Brushbaby Product Review

A mum developed Brushbaby in order to create products that were easy to use and also to inspire parents to look after their children’s teeth.  I love the fact that she didn’t come from a dental background and yet managed to create a buzz about dental products for children.

I jumped at the chance when I was approached by Brushbaby to write a review of some of their products as I have been using this brand since my son was tiny. They sent me some samples of products I have used before as well as some I haven’t and I willingly introduced them to the clan! Continue reading “Brushbaby Product Review”

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Ten tips to reduce screentime and get some time for the things you ‘don’t have time for’

Whether it’s in our pocket, our bag or even in another room it is usually within easy reach and constantly demanding our attention. Phones have really taken over our lives and in many ways are hugely beneficial to us but they are also sapping our time.

Have you ever said “I don’t have time for that today” and yet have you paid attention to how much time has then been spent on social media watching humorous gifs, playing mindless games or reading articles that have not actually benefitted you in any way? I know I have.

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My 2 year old is not ‘terrible!

I don’t believe my son is perfect, but I also don’t believe in this idea that toddlers are terrible or deliberately naughty and disobedient.  I’m not just talking about my son either, I’m talking about toddlers in general!  I don’t like this idea that on the morning of their 2nd birthday all children instantly become ‘bad’!

My little boy is lovely, his laughter lights me up from the inside out, he gives the BEST kisses and cuddles, his curiosity and sense of adventure make me smile everyday and I really enjoy spending time with him. Continue reading “My 2 year old is not ‘terrible!”