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.
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”
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!
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.
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.
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”
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.
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!”
A few months ago I came across a book that has changed my outlook on life and immensely increased my productivity on a daily basis. I believe that it has helped me to define my focus and redefine how I choose to live my life every single day. It is, in part, responsible for me starting this blog. Continue reading “My Miracle Morning”