Family Friday Round Up (14/4/17)

It has been a pretty quiet week and we have been getting ready for the Easter weekend coming as we will be having family down for dinner so the kids are very excited.

This week our daughter finished school for the easter holidays and she got a certificate from school for her swimming. This past term is had started swimming lessons in school and she is doing really well so far. I would love to say i’m enjoying not having to get up for the school runs but with a toddler in our house thats just not the case, he is normally singing or playing with toys in his room at like 6-7am.

Big milestone this week for the little man has he used his potty for the first time. He was so pleased with himself and we all made a big fuss over him and even let him have a few chocolate buttons as a reward. So bring on the potty training!

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Chinese New Year 2017

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This Chinese New Year is The Year of the Rooster and begins on Saturday January 28 and lasts until February 15th, 2018. The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes each year.

Every Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) , but with the major difference being that each house has a time-length of one year instead of one month.

This year it’s the Year of the Rooster, which is the tenth animal in the cycle. The next Year of the Rooster won’t be until 2029.

So this Chinese new year I decided to teach my daughter what it was about and how it is different from our tradition new year calendar and in doing so we decided to make it fun by having our own little feast of Chinese food to celebrate the Chinese new year in our own way. Its important to me to teach our kids about different cultures and to enjoy and respect each and everyones beliefs.

At the dinner table we leant how to say a few basic words in Chinese like thank you,hello and your welcome. (Of course I used google for this one and was it funny watching hubby and my daughter trying to pronounce the words) We also learnt a few facts such as that Firecrackers are popular during the Chinese New Year as they are thought to scare off evil spirits.

The little feast we served up consisted of homemade Hot & Sour Soup, Pork char siu,Noodles,Rice,Plain Chicken Chunks (mainly for the toddler) and duck with a plum sauce. We also had prawn crackers and chinese green tea on the table and some fortune cookies for afterwards.

It all went down a treat and I even got our little man to try the green tea and he seemed to not hate the taste or spit it out. Our daughter on the other hand wasn’t impressed with it and didn’t like the taste.

Heres a few Pictures of what we enjoyed

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Happy Chinese New Year 2017 – May you live a long and healthy life.

Starting Back To School/Starting School

With all the children including my own daughter starting back to school it can be a very emotional time especially for those parents who are sending their child/children into school for the first time so I came across this beautifully written letter that i would like to share so that it may bring comfort to those parents who may be feeling nervous and anxious about there children starting school.

Dear Teacher,

I know you’re rather busy, first day back, there’s just no time, a whole new class of little ones and this one here is mine.

I’m sure you have things covered and have done this lots before, but my boy is very little, he hasn’t long turned four.

In his uniform this morning, he looked so tall and steady, but now beside your great big school I’m not quite sure he’s ready.

Do you help them eat their lunch? Are you quick to soothe their fears? And if he falls and hurts his knee will someone dry his tears?

And what if no-one plays with him? What if someone’s mean? What if two kids have a fight and he’s caught in between?

You’re right, I have to leave now it’s time for him to go I’m sure he’ll learn so much from you, things that I don’t know.

Yes, I’m sure they settle quickly, that he’s fine now without me, I know he has to go to school, it’s just so fast.

You see, it seems like just a blink ago I first held him in my arms, it’s been my job to love, to teach, to keep him safe from harm.

So, when I wave goodbye in a moment and he turns to walk inside, forgive me if I crumple into tears of loss and pride.

I know as I give him one more kiss and watch him walk away, that he’ll never again be wholly mine as he was before today.
Are you blubbing yet? If not, the teacher’s reply should definitely set you off…

THE REPLY:

Dear Parent,

I understand that you are scared to wave your child goodbye and leave him in a teacher’s hands – don’t worry if you cry!

I’m used to weeping parents, it’s hard to leave I know. But it’s time to share him (just a bit) to help him learn and grow.

Let me reassure you that I’ll give your child my best, I’ll wipe his tears, soothe his fears and change his dirty vest!

If your darling child is full of cold I’ll blow their nose all day, just like you, I’ll care for them in a special way.

I’ll treat him like I would my own I’ll catch him from a fall and if there is ANY problem I’ll be sure to tell you all.

It’s true he’ll grow to love us, they’ll talk of school a lot, it doesn’t mean they hate you and that you should lose the plot!

I’ll tell you a secret… That when your child is here, they talk to me as much of you of this please have no fear.

You’ll always be their mother, whilst teachers come and go, to them you are their number one, this I truly know.

Soon you’ll see some changes, in your little girl or boy, they’ll become more independent and to see this, it’s a joy!

I’ll teach them all I have to give, to share, climb and to write, but to you they safely will return to tuck them in at night.

With love from a teacher…

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Packing For Day Trips Out With Little Ones

When heading out for the day I always like to make sure that my changing bag is full of everything we could possibly need to keep the little ones happy. So I thought I would share what we had packed in our bag for a day trip out to the museum.

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  • Nappy’s – I always bring about 4 or 5 nappy’s because I never know how many I might need to go through.
  • Wipes – Pretty much an essential item but there great not just for nappy changing time but for cleaning the mucky hands and faces.
  • Changing Mat – I love having my fold up changing mat with me and I feel its its more hygienic and comfortable for my little one.
  • Bibs – In hope of keeping them clothes clean at feeding time.
  • Change of clothes – I would bring a spare body suit,top and trousers just in case there’s a nappy explosion or anything else.
  • Sudocrem – Incase of nappy rash.
  • Travel Cutlery – This is great to keep the spoons and forks clean for feeding time as they have there own little box as you can see in the picture.
  • Bowl – I always like to have my own bowl as it sometimes its easier to put the baby food into for getting heated up as some places wont give you hot water for health and safety reasons which I find silly since they will sell you hot coffee.
  • Baby food Pouch – I bring these on trips out purely for convenience as at home I would normally batch make my own baby food, but these pouches are great if mummy and daddy want to eat somewhere with food not really suitable for baby i.e spicy food places ect.
  • Biscotti Biscuits – I bring these for a little snack and its not just for baby my daughter loves them too.
  • Fruit Bag – Again another little snack as days out can be very long and its good to have something healthy to keep them going. And with my two you cant give one a snack without giving the other.   
  • Juice Bottle – This is pretty essential to keep the little one rehydrated throughout the day.
  • Antibacterial hand gel – To keep them germs away.
  • Tissues – Incase of runny noses or dirty hands.

150 Years Of Beatrix Potter

At story time in our house recently we have been reading through the world of peter rabbit collection which is full of timeless classical tales. Many of us may have had these books growing up or been read them but as a child I remember reading these books myself and I  absolutely fell in love with each story. So I am happy that today I am able to read these delightful tales to my daughter and watch her get excited with each tale of peter and his friends.

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Now this year 2016 marks a special milestone for peter rabbit & friends as it’s 150 years since Beatrix Potter was born. Hard to believe its been that long.She was born on the 28th July 1866 and past away on the 22nd December 1943 at the age of 77. She released 23 classical tales about Peter Rabbit & his friends and here is a list of the story books below. My daughter and I have been reading through each of these tales together.

  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
  • The Tale of Two Bad Mice
  • The Tailor of Gloucester
  • The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle
  • The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher
  • The Tale of Tom Kitten
  • The Tale of The Flopsy Bunnies
  • The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck
  • The Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse
  • The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse
  • The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes
  • The Tale of Mr. Tod
  • The Tale of Piggling Bland
  • The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or the Roly-Poly Pudding
  • The Tale of The Pie and The Patty-Pan
  • The Tale of Ginger and Pickles
  • The Tale of Little Robinson
  • The Tale of Miss Moppet
  • The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit
  • Appley Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes
  • The Story of Squirrel Nutkin
  • Celily Parsley’s Nursery Rhymes

My two favourites out of this list has to be Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddle duck. I love tom kitten as he is a little like my kids sometimes, gets into mischeif but when you look at him he smiles all innocent and cute and you cant help but forgive them just like I do when my kiddies are naughty sometimes. Jemima Puddle duck reminds me of myself a little bit, a mother wanting to protect her eggs or in my case my little chicks.

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I highly reccomend these books to children and adults of all ages, they are well put together tales by a fantastic autor who clearly adores the animals. You can also watch some of these delightful stories on dvd which you can buy in places like amazon or hmv which is lovely for kids to watch the story come to life on screen. For the adults there is also a movie called Mrs Potter which will give you a little insight into who she was. I personally really enjoyed the movie but then again I love all things Peter Rabbit.

Happy Reading

 

Reasons Why We Should Read To Our Children

As today is world book day and many children will have dressed up to go to school/nursery to celebrate I Thought I would share a few reasons why we as parents should try and read to our children and the importance of it.

  1. It teaches kids that reading is fun! Early reading for babys and toddlers helps them view books as an indulgence, and not a chore. Children who are exposed to reading are` more likely to choose books over playing video games, watching tv , or other such activities.
  2. Reading can help a child’s concentration and discipline. Toddlers may initially become distracted or bored during story time, but eventually they will learn to stay still and listen for the duration of the book. Along with reading comprehension comes a stronger self-discipline, longer attention span, and better memory retention,  and all of these things will help your child well when they enter primary school.
  3. Better communication skills. When you spend time reading to baby’s and toddlers, they’ll be more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a positive way. By witnessing the interactions between the characters in the books you read, as well as the contact with you during story time, your child will be gaining valuable communication skills.
  4. Builds a strong relationship between you and your child. As your child grows older, they will be on the move more often playing, running, and exploring their environment. Cuddling up with a book lets the two of you slow down and recaptures that sweet, cuddly time you enjoyed when they were a baby. Instead of being seen as a chore, reading will become an activity that will bring the two of you closer together.
  5. Developing Traditions. By reading to your children you are starting a wonderful tradition that means your own children will want to also read to their own children.
  6. It can be a good conversation starter. Books always give us a reason to talk with our children, even if we don’t feel like we have anything to talk about. It keeps communication open when you talk about stories you have read together or with others.
  7. Reading develops a child’s imagination. This is because when we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. When we’re engaged in a story, we’re also imagining how the characters are feeling. We use our own experiences to imagine how we would feel in their situation.

 

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Not Just For Valentines Day

Valentines Day, the day when many couples may exchange cards,gifts or even head out for a meal or a overnight break. Now I am by no means anti Valentines Day and I do love it but I feel that the love between two partners should be acknowledged more than just one day don’t you think? What about the other 364 days of the year?  Maybe the idea of having one day to focus on our love and friendship is not enough.Now, obviously I am not saying that we should all expect flowers and chocolates everyday of the week, but I do think we should all try and show our appreciation to our partners all year round by showing them how much they mean to us weather that be with small gestures such as letting them sleep in,letting her have that child free peaceful bath or letting him kick back with his favourite movie.

All relationships are different but being interested in the things that are important to your partner shows how much you care . Listening to them when they talk about their job or hobbies is also important as it means something to them, but more importantly support them in everything that they do and above all else tell them everyday that you love them as many of us take for granted each day.You don’t always have to spend money on your partner to show your love. When two people truly care for one another it is the little things that mean the most.

If you love someone, don’t wait for them to make you feel special. Make them feel special.

Many of us can be selfish when it comes to love. We want, but we don’t know how to give. Doing small things every day is one way to show your partner how you feel about them, and not just on Valentines day when you feel your suppose too.

So don’t wait for Valentines day to tell your partner you love them , do it everyday because love is not always about the big things and we never know when it could be our last chance.

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