Resting 

Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

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because we have been to London the week before for a holiday and I am exhausted. Taking kids there is solid, especially when you the parent has additional needs to add in the mix.

So, because we have been full on the week before I have been rested as I did not sleep very well because of sleeping with kids as you can imagine. there is nothing like getting into your own bed and have a foot or hand shoved in your face,  😂  I am physically and mentally exhausted and needed to rest my body. Holidays are really testing but there was a lot of fun as well.

It has been a bit of downtime and giving me change to catch up on all the watching and YouTube whilst living in a launderette 😉

Cheers for reading X

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Top tips to keep children drinking water

Water makes up more of a child’s body than an adult’s so it is vital they have plenty to drink as they are more prone to dehydration.  

 How much they need depends on each child, but health experts suggest 6-8 glasses each day.  For younger children, the British Nutrition Foundation suggests servings of 120-150mls, and 250-300mls for older children. 

 But, of course, expert advice is one thing, getting your child to follow that advice is another. 

 

Top tips for keeping children hydrated

 Let them choose a water bottle 

 Younger children in particular will love having a new trinket. Let them help to fill up the bottle with filtered drinking water and the novelty should at least last a week or two and hopefully form into a habit. 

 Make ice lollies at home 

 Invest in lolly moulds then add flavourings or juice to filtered drinking water. At least you will know what is actually in the lollies – and that there is water in there! 

 Always have water on hand 

  

Save yourself a fortune on drinks by always carrying a refillable bottle of filtered drinking water. Pack well when heading out for the day with a bottle for everyone and frequently offer children a sip of water. 

 

Try to cut back on sugary drinks 

A glass of squash made up with filtered drinking water may help to keep fluid levels topped up but dentists advise keeping these to meal times to minimise sugar damage.  

 Encourage children to drink more when exercising  

 It can seem like young children are on the go all the time. Keep offering them water as they race around and remind older children to take a bottle of drinking water with them. 

 Should the sunshine make an appearance… 

 Provide plenty of fresh, cool filtered drinking water to stop children getting dehydrated in the heat. 

 Most of all make sure they have plenty of energy to enjoy playing by staying hydrated.

For more information on hydration and the benefits of drinking filtered water visit Doulton Water 

Letter to the parents of children starting school 

To the parents of children starting in reception,

I know people get emotional when their child starts school in reception. My child will start year one in September so, I thought I would share with you what I have learnt over the year.

Firstly, I have read a lot about the emotional impact it has on a parent when their child starts school. Let’s be logical here they are not gone forever and this is an exciting new chapter on there life. Some parents sadly don’t ever get to see this opportunity so look on the bright side, at least they are growing healthy and growing into their own little personality.

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They will still love you but they are now that little more independent. I sure for one don’t want my child needing me so intensely.

Most of the time the child will enjoy the new experience. Sometimes, a child may have additional needs or struggle to settle in. but that is ok as the school is there to provide the support.

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Not many people know this but reception is actually classed as nursery. They do not need to pay for time off if you go on holiday. I have spoken to a teacher who has told me this information. So, stand your ground if you want to take your child out for a holiday.
Reception year is more about settling in and adjusting to school life. They will learn to write phonetically (which  is honestly a load of shite but I won’t go into that, as that is a post in itself). They learn to read which is lovely as my son had book each week to practice at home and he loves reading now.

They go on trips which is so much fun as most children love to be like a grown up especially when it is away from the family.

They will explore and learn all about the world, it will help them understand others.

it is also a testing time for a child as they need to learn to get on and share with other children. Some children are more bossy whilst others can be shy. This is life and I believe something good for the child to learn about different types of personality. Using skills are adapting and working out what way would be best to get the result they are searching for.

It will change them but for the good. They will grown as we all do and develop that much further. But don’t worry because they not alone as others are going through the same experience.

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DS1 on his first day at school, happy as Larry!

Cheers for reading X

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Eco cleaning ideas for kids

 

Involving the kids in the daily household chores can be educational and fun, especially for the younger ones who love following around their parents and helping them. And while you may prefer using bleach to clean up everything, it’s not really a good idea to expose children to toxins such as chlorine. In order to keep your home tidy and your family safe, we have compiled a list of several eco cleaning ideas for kids.

Children not always love cleaning after themselves, but if you start teaching them from early age, it will become a daily habit for them. You should explain them the meaning of ecology and why it is so important to protect our environment. Most kids will instantly buy into the idea of saving the planet, so they will be excited about eco cleaning, as well.

Before giving your kids any chores to do, make sure to get rid of all the toxic cleaners you are probably used to. This includes all commercial cleaning products – unfortunately, they contain hazardous ingredients that can cause a wide variety of health problems such as skin irritation and skin burning, allergies, breathing difficulties, and many others. They pollute the air in your home and with regular use, can even be carcinogenic over time. You can either replace them with eco cleaners that are also available in most stores, or use easy home-made concoctions. They are safe not only for the environment, but for your family, as well.

Simple items from your pantry such as vinegar and baking soda are well-known that will clean almost everything in your home – bathtubs and sinks, ovens and upholstery. Moreover, they are easy to use by your children, too. Just mix the ingredients in advance and show the kids how to use their new, green cleaner. If you want to refresh and deodorize the carpets, tell the kids to sprinkle over them a little baking soda. Then, let it sit for half an hour and vacuum clean everything – or let the kids do it. One of the most exciting eco cleaning chores is not a chore at all – give the children baking soda and vinegar to mix for the toilet. The reaction between the two will create a little explosion that is really fun, yet completely safe. And don’t worry, the smell of vinegar will go away, when the toilet dries.

For a green washing of the windows you can use lemon juice or a mixture of 2 cups water and 3 tablespoons vinegar. Then arm the kids with a spray bottle and clean soft cloths and your windows are done. If you and your family don’t really like the smell of vinegar, you can add a few drops of tea tree oil – it not only smells nice and fresh, but also disinfects and kills bacteria. In fact, several essential oils are very effective antibacterial and antiseptic agents, so you can use them in your cleaning routine – tea tree, rosemary, lemon grass, lavender and eucalyptus. Another green all-purpose cleaner is the natural soap. Look for Castile soap or any other organic vegetable-based soap that is safe and biodegradable. It’s even easier to use by the kids, if it’s in its liquid form and can be used as laundry detergent, hand or dish-washing soap, etc. Mix it with water and a few drops of essential oil and you will have the perfect cleaner for floors, tables, walls or cutting boards.

Another eco cleaning chore your children can easily do is decluttering and sorting out the garbage. Show them what should be thrown away and what could be reused and recycled. Have them divide the recyclable items into three piles – plastic, metal and glass. Then before putting them in the recycling bin, the kids should wash them well with water and soap – tell them to remove all labels, if it’s not too difficult for them. Old or broken toys can also go for recycling.

All these household chores can be done eco-friendly with a little imagination. Try to be as green as possible, if not for yourself or the environment, then for your kids. Their health and well-being are the most important, after all.

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Observations from having two children 

Hey readers,

I am luckily enough to be blessed with two boys. I remember in the earlier days of having my second child how completely different my world turned, compared to just having one bundle of joy.

Firstly, when having two children you need to have skills in multi-tasking and making sure each child has their own needs meet. For example, when it comes to play having suitable aged toys available to them. An example of this would be a playmat for the baby but for the toddler more advanced toys such as stacking blocks.


Online shopping or having the opportunity to take one child out is a blessing. I found it so hard trying to navigate a child and a push chair. I am really lucky enough to get hubby to look after one child whilst I went shopping with the other child. This situation really good for me right now as my eldest  needs a lot of one to one attention when it comes to practicing writing. Therefore, I don’t feel as guilty. But I am slowly learning for everyones sanity is it is ok to ask for help.

Make sure if you have two children of close age to make sure that when ever you chose something for them make sure that the item is exactly the same. Even if it is the same colour beaker, trust me the arguments over silly minor things like having a different colour cup is shocking. It keeps things calm and it protects your hearing from all the squabbling, win-win!
If you have electronical devices make sure there are two. I will one day persuade hubby to get another tablet because really it gives us all peace. Currently I dread when one child asks can they have the tablet, it is a nightmare. Sod the art of learning when it comes to technology, I opt for peace if I could. Until that day I am very much miffed at hubby, 😉.


A good thing about having two children is that the second time round  you kinda know generally what to expect. I felt more relaxed and confident as a parent with things like potty training and wenaing.
Having a second child close in ages is fantastic as my boys have such a strong bond and have a play partner. Not saying that they always get on as pickering often happens but I know they care and love one another. I don’t think you can ask for much more than that as a parent of two children.

Cheers for reading X