Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Parenting in public: How do you deal with misbehaviour?

So today at the school gate, I was the mum with the child who didn't listen

I was the mum whose child ran off to the other side of the playground when I asked him not to.

I was the mum who first asked, then shouted for him to come back... and yep, you guessed it; he didn't. 

I was the mum who got a little louder when he didn't come, shouting for him to "come back here right now!" 

I was the mum who grabbed for their child as they attempted to run past me, as if he was teasing me, wanting me to try and catch him. I missed. He ran past. He laughed. I tried to keep my cool in front of the other parents!

Sunday, 24 June 2018

#MySundayPhoto: Week 4

Every picture tells a story! So here's my favourite photo from our week.


This week, I had a surprise find in the garden... beautiful pink peonies! Neither my Hubby or I remember planting the bush last year, but it's very welcome to stay! My Nan would have loved these too, so maybe it's a little sign from her to say she's looking out for us. 

I'm linking up this post with these fabulous blogs:

Friday, 22 June 2018

All About The Blogger Series: Jade from Thrifty Yorkshire Mum

Every month I will be featuring an interview with another blogger in a series called, "All About The Blogger." It's a great way to learn about all the other fabulous blogs that are out there! This month features Jade from Thrifty Yorkshire Mum.

I’m Jade, I’m a mum of two (soon to be three!). I live in Yorkshire and I write on ‘Thrifty Yorkshire Mum’. My blog is full of money saving tips, including pregnancy, parenting and travel all on a budget. 

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Let's Go: Teaching road safety to under 5s with The Children's Traffic Club

Teaching my two young children (2 and a half and almost 5) road safety is high up on my list of parenting priorities, so when The Children's Traffic Club asked me to review their new interactive road safety programme, I jumped at the chance! 

The Children's Traffic Club (CTC) is an award-winning road safety and active travel education programme aimed at the under 5s. For over 25 years, the CTC have been positively influencing children's road side behaviour and helping to reduce casualties involving children, by teaching them the skills and attitudes needed to ensure they stay safe when out and about. 

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Health and Wellbeing: Mummy does Aqua Aerobics! read that right! Last night I did something new. I took some time off from being a mum, and did something for myself. I went to an aqua aerobics class at my local leisure centre! 

When my friends messaged to ask if I fancied going with them, many thoughts crossed my mind. How will I politely get out of this without looking like the miserable one? Mainly, I was worried about getting my cossy on in public; I mean, during the day I wear clothes that disguise every flaw - why would I want them all on show, hanging out in all their paleness?! 

Monday, 4 June 2018

German for Kids: Krabbeltiere Suche! - Minibeast Hunt!

Minibeasts and Creepy Crawlies!

Outdoor learning

This week, we took our German lesson outdoors! My son was set some half term homework to go on a minibeast hunt so I decided to use the opportunity to introduce some new topic related German vocabulary! A "Krabbeltiere Suche" was born!

I put together a tick list of common little creatures found in British gardens, and added bright colour photographs to aid learning. (You can download it for free at the end of this post.) We spent a little while saying the new German words and repeating them, and having a giggle at some of the funny translations! The kids found the literal English translation of slug really funny - die Nacktschnecke means the naked snail! 

Sunday, 3 June 2018

#MySundayPhoto: Week 3

Every picture tells a story! So here's my favourite photo from our week.

"Bug Hunt in the Rain"

This week, we got totally soaked through on a bug hunt in the rain, at the beautiful Roaches Gate in the Peak District. We are so lucky to have all this on our doorstep.

I'm linking up this post with these fabulous blogs:

Living Arrows

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Getting to know you tag and Q&A

The lovely Kate from Confessions of a New Mummy has tagged me to take part in the Getting to Know You tag and Q&A. I've never joined in with a tag post, so here is my first! You might learn something new about me!

When was the last time you cried? 
I don't really cry much! But the last time I properly cried, was back in February at the funeral of one of my lovely past pupils. He tragically lost his life at the age of 12 to sepsis, brought on by flu.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Top 5 story books for children under 5: Our May picks

We love a good children's book in this house! Both my children, (almost 5, and 2 and a half), have always enjoyed listening to stories and looking at books. Our collection at home is growing rapidly, and each of the children have their favourites. However, since joining the library, they are finding it hard to pin down just one story book that they love the most! 

Inspired by the Bath, Book, Bed campaign run by BookStartI have decided to write a round-up of my children's favourites each month. Here are our May picks for children under 5.

Dog Blue (Author/Illustrator: Polly Dunbar)

This is my son's favourite book of the moment! He's all about dogs since having puppies so I can see why he likes this story!