I know it’s only one day. I know it’s lovely to celebrate as a family and yes, chocolate eggs are traditional at Easter but do we definitely need to be overloading our kids with sugar? I think it’s perfectly okay for children to have a small chocolate Easter egg but why not mix things up a little and do an Easter Egg hunt with different prizes for a change? Continue reading “Chocolate Free Easter Egg Fillers”
I previously wrote a blog post about how I wasn’t going to potty train my 2 year old and I am now happy to say that our lovely little bundle of fun is not wearing nappies during the day any more. He is 3 and a half years old and due to start school in September shortly after he turns 4 so it does come as a welcome relief.
A new Change4LIfe campaign has been launched in the UK regarding the choice of healthier snacks for children which aims to help combat childhood obesity and reduce the daily intake of sugar.
From a dentists point of view this is great! We really want kids to have less sugar, especially as the number of tooth extractions on children under the age of four is steadily increasing (further info)
So how much sugar is too much?
I am a dentist as well as being a mum and as such I will not be denying my son any involvement in the fun of Halloween. I’m not likely to take him out ‘trick or treating’ this year purely because I won’t get back from work in time but it is definitely something he will be able to take part with in the future.
We booked our trip to Bluestone early in 2017 having heard from some friends about it’s existence and about how good it is for families. They have returned to Bluestone with their son for the last 3 years and after hearing of their recommendation we decided to book a break in October 2017 which happily coincided with their next stay.
Part of the reason we wanted to go in October was to tie it in with my husbands and my birthdays at the start of October and with Z having another year before starting school we thought we would take advantage of an out of school holiday break.
At the time of booking we didn’t know I would be 34 weeks pregnant when we stayed at the resort.
Children’s teeth fall out don’t they? So why do we need to look after them? Kids get a second set, a second chance to have clean and healthy teeth so why do we need to invest our valuable time looking after baby teeth that will be replaced anyway?
Those baby teeth are precious and a whole host of problems can develop if they are not looked after from birth.
Looking after your teeth is essential at all times but it is of particular importance when you’re pregnant. Many people blame pregnancy for the deterioration of their gum health, the development of cavities and even the loss of teeth and this may be true, indirectly. It is likely that the increase in dental health problems during and after pregnancy are probably due to a change in oral health habits and diet during pregnancy and therefore is entirely preventable.
Read on to find out how you can prevent your own dental problems from developing as a result of pregnancy.
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!
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.