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Christmas baking is the best. The aromas of spices that flow through the house ooze with festive warmth and cosiness.
We received some charming gingerbread ornaments one Christmas and they have taken pride of place on the tree every year since. Each time I bring them out of the box, I vow to make gingerbread for Christmas but I never get round to it.
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I’m sure I’m not the only parent who hears this on a daily basis.
I fear it so much that I pack out the days to ensure that I don’t fail my son by allowing him to become bored or disengaged.
If we aren’t at home getting stuck into games, baking, stacking, sticking or painting then we are at a Tumble Tots, Rhyme Time or seeing friends at soft play.
If we are at home then I ensure we have stimulating, creative and educational activities to fill the time. If all else fails, then I call on an electronic distraction such as CBeebies – or better yet, the iPad.
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We were gifted with a treasure basket when Jack was 6-months-old and it has been one if his most loved and played-with gifts.
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National Novel Writing Month is due to kick off again in November, when all budding novelists aim to write a 50,000 word book in 31 days.
Completing NaNoWriMo is tough, with the daily battle against eye strain, self discipline and the dreaded word count.
It can be hard to find the time to write even without distractions; however when you are a parent then NaNoWriMo may feel like a game you just aren’t going to win.
Whether you are wanting to write a book or sneak a bit of writing into your day, then here are some tips to help you find the time and keep the creative juices flowing.
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Like most mums, my stress levels can at times, go through the roof.
Whether we are on a day out, eating dinner, putting on shoes, potty training; the threat of a toddler meltdown is always looming.
Even the best-behaved toddlers have days where it’s hard to keep their cool. Tantrums are hard to predict but they are a normal part of development.
However, according to experts, the first step to managing tantrums is to understand what might be causing them.
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Halloween is coming up and if you are looking for ways to decorate be creative with pumpkins without making a mess, then here are some fun and easy spooky makeover ideas that toddlers can get involved with too.
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It feels like we are finally waking up to the impact of mental health issues.
There are more people than ever before, one in four of us in the UK, suffering from at least one mental health problem each year and depression is the leading cause of disability in the world.
In Britain, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in men aged 20 to 49, overtaking cancer, heart disease and road accidents.
With celebrities and royalty sharing their own mental health struggles, it seems as though we are on the cusp of grasping what a devastating and prolonged impact mental health can have on people’s lives and how important it is to remove the stigma that surrounds it.
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