Different

Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

that is because my eldest has been to Beaver camp with his dad at the weekend. Therefore it has just been me and my youngest at home so completely different routine however it was only for one night as well. I and the youngest had a lovely day together on Saturday where we went out despite the rain. We went for a wonder played in nature went to the park and even at an ice cream at an ice cream parlor. who cares if it was raining we still had a brilliant day.

This week my eldest got to go check out Kenilworth castle with his school. He loved it and couldn’t wait to tell me all the things that he had learned. He absolutely loves facts so was totally in his element.

I hope you have a had a good week.

Cheers for reading X

Lapland Mailroom Personalised Santa Letters

Hey readers,

I know we are fast approaching the end of September so it is safe to say the C word…. Christmas? I mean it is less than 100 days to the big event of the year.

I got given the opportunity to check out the buying process of  Lapland mailroom.   The website offers personal Christmas letters from Father Christmas to your child, making the experience of Christmas extra special for your child/ren.

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 When going onto the website it is clear to navigate and know where to begin. At the top is a header with three options (magical offer, order a letter, view letters). To start the order you need to click on the obvious order a letter.

lapland mailroom.pngAfter clicking on order a letter the next page consists of the buying options and what they involve in the package.

Mail package 1: The letter only £8.95 – basically just the personalised letter and a nice child certificate that will get sent to your child.

Mail package 2: Will include the personalised letter, nice child certificate, and the activity sheets with Christmas based craft such as the bell cute out, the colouring in sheet to get your child feeling all festive.

Mail package 3: is the same as mail package 2 however it is tailed for a newborn as a keepsake for the child’s very first Christmas.

Choose which package you want and at the end of each description, there is a box that says buy now.

Next is a page that shows you 3 different types of personalised letters and the baby’s first Christmas. You then have to decide which type of style writing you want for your letter from Father Christmas. When I did I chose the first one but the choice is yours.

The next step is you can check out what the personalised phases on the letter by clicking personalised or you can head on buying it now to type your child’s details in.

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So, when you click on the buy now you can type in the details regarding the personalised questions as you can see below. It includes a special friend, what you left out for Christmas last year for father Christmas and anything that the child has done special good during the year.

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** the name and address have been changed for security reasons. ** 

The next step is to fill in the box with the name of the person buying the letter, email and if you have a voucher code.

At the end of all filling in the form, you click on preview letter and you can see what the letter will look like when you review it in the post.

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Now at the bottom is the option of editing the letter if you wish or if you are happy then you can continue and pay for the item.

You can pay through the ease of PayPal or you can simply put in your bank details, you will get an email notification once the bank details have gone through.

Below is information also on when you will receive the letter through the post.

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Overall the process took me less then five minutes, really self-explanatory and straightforward, which is just what you want if you are a parent.

Cheers for reading X

I have been gifted a letter in order of an exchange. However, all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

Proud

Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

This is because my youngest has coped so well with starting school and he’s even got, special person. This is where two people in the class are special person of the day and are chosen for good behaviour. f

Funny enough on the same day my eldest also got special person of the day so they both met each other when they handed the registration as that is their job to do.

My youngest has now started to bring books home which I know he will absolutely love because he loves reading so much. I love reading to them as well because it’s a way for me to connect. I’m not always good with social and play so reading gives me that change to connect with my children.

However, my eldest seems to be having problems with sleep again which I think it’s to do with anxiety. Therefore it is all fun and games when you got two ratty children to deal with. Hopefully, it is just a phase and my eldest sleep pattern will return back to normal.

cheers for reading X

Why I am against smacking children

Hey readers,

Last week The Association of Educational Psychologists said that they want to ban parents from smacking children at home.

Smacking is banned in schools however parents can smack their child at home as long as it is deemed reasonable.

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I 100% agree that smacking anywhere should be banned because it is physical violence regardless of the amount of strength you do it. I don’t see how children learn from being smacked by their parents, all it does is make them lie better. To me, that is not good for anyone.

I don’t think children learn from smacking if anything I think it can have an impact on their mental health and increase the chances of anxiety. This is because they will be scared in case at any moment the risk of doing anything wrong and that to have negative consequences.

Having this form of violence (in my eyes) can make a child feel really sad. This can make their home life feel crap because of knowing that if they do anything wrong regardless of it was intentionally an accident there is the risk they get hit.

I think hitting is a negative way to parent and it doesn’t solve any problems. It is much better to have other ways to teach the child right from wrong.

If children learn from their parents then they will believe that it is ok to hit someone and then there is the risk that they too may one day hit another person.

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I don’t think it is fair that someone bigger then the child can go along and imitate and inflict pain on another. When will it stop, how will it end if it continues where do parents draw the line? How do you know if the parent gets fed up and thinks well got to hit the child harder to get the message through? This situation can escalate in a very toxic homelife impacting on the child’s mental health and other areas such as education.

I think if you want to earn respect from a child it doesn’t work if you hit them if anything it could result in the child hating the parent. It certainly wouldn’t want them to come to the parent and talk about any concerns they may have, as they don’t know how the parent will respond. Then this may cause a negative relationship between the child and parent, that can be damaging for the child.

I myself have been in similar situations and there is nothing worse as a child when you are petrified of going home to the horrible environment. You literally are scared and anxious at school. The anxiety gets worse closer to the end of the day. For me, I couldn’t probably concentrate on my school work because I was filled with dread and worried if I had done anything wrong therefore leading to being hit. It is the most horrible feeling in the world. The anxiety doesn’t just stop there it carries on all the time constant in the background. It is horrible to live like that and that is why I want smacking banned in the home.

Cheers for reading X

Adjusting

Hey readers,

My word of the week is

because my youngest has started full days at school this week and to say he is tired after school is an understatement. I was ambitious one day this week and took him to the library after school thinking he might enjoy it. Turns out nothing but winching and eventually a full down meltdown, joy I certainly learned from that experience. He is defiantly not used to full days like he does now.

I have been to the dentist which I hate but I had to have a filling which sucks, but it is done now. My dentist is social as well when he has fingers in my mouth, why. I can’t answer him coherently.

I have been loving also the darker nights. It feels so much cosy to sit and wrap up with a throw.

I hope you have had a good week.

Cheers for reading X

How to survive a rainy summer holiday day

Hey readers,

We all know we were lucky with the heat in some ways because at least it was dry and you get a sh*t load of washing done in a flash. However, the tides are turning and the risk of rain is high as we still have two weeks left of this holiday. So, how do us parents get through them dreaded wet days, let me tell you how…

Watch a movie. 

Now is an ample opportunity to not feel guilty about the tv on as most parents will be in the same boat. So, why not get an update with the latest hits and sit back and rest them tired parent eyes. Can’t beat cosy cuddles when it is raining cats and dogs outside.

Den. 

One of my kids’ favorite things to do is play with a den. As long as you have chairs or a table or even to cover, this can be great entertainment, especially if you have siblings. Simple pleasures make happy children.

Muddle Puddles.

Don’t be afraid to go out in the rain. Kids love getting their wellies on and jumping in muddie puddles. It doesn’t matter if they get dirty just take some spare clothes or you can change them at home.

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Take a bath. 

Do you know that sometimes when we are staying cooped up indoors with my boys do you know what I give them? A bath…that is right and they love it, especially if there are lots of bubbles. I give them a bath in the afternoon to chill them out a bit. It is a great way to kill a bit of boredom and before you know it you have killed a shed load of time by filling up the bath, doing the bath and then drying them off.

Books. 

Books are great for imagination and such a calming activity for children. The can help read the book if they are old enough and it is an easy way to have a discussion and chat about what the book is all about etc.

Baking. 

My boys love baking in the kitchen and not just for the prospect of licking the spoon when we have finished mixing all the ingredients together. They feel proud of their achievements and you can have the treats when you watch a movie.

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Paint outdoors. 

What kid doesn’t love painting, a fun way to incorporate this is to give your child a brush, paper, and paint then they are free to go wild outside. They get fresh air, your crafting so no guilt. Life is good.

Indoor picnics. 

Picnics are not just for when you outdoors, you can have a lovely picnic at home on the floor. I guarantee this will go down a hit. Just place a picnic blanket on the floor and bring the goodies along, such an alternative way to eat indoors.

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When it is raining is a perfect time to spend some quality time at home with your loved ones and what better way to do something together than to do some of the board games up in the loft.

What kind of things do you do when you’re at home with the kids on a rainy day?

Cheers for reading X

Organised

Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

Because that is how I have been feeling. It has been a productive week with getting things up on eBay. Which is easy but finding the time and energy to it is a total different game.

It feels good to start getting on top of all the stuff, the boys have moved into a normal bed so need to sell their cot bed, end of an era. but so good to have a clear space and have more room for them to play. I can confirm they have which been throughly been enjoying .

It is so good to have a cooler week but we still got a couple of picnics in. so, much more enjoyable when you are not sweating and feeling uncomfotable. Everyone is less frustrated and ratty which is a breath of fresh air *excuse the pub*.

hope you have had a good week.

cheers for reading X