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    It’s Not All Sunshine And Rainbows: Handling Tough Times As A Parent

    Handling tough times as a parent is like juggling knives. It’s hard and it’s quite likely someone could get hurt. Having a child is, by far, the greatest thing that will ever happen to you. If you’ve already had a one (or more), then you’ll know just how beautiful the experience is. If, on the other hand, you haven’t been graced with one yet, then constantly hearing about how great it is can be annoying. It really does fill you with glee and adoration, though – a genuinely life-changing event. That said, it’s not all a complete breeze. The good times are really, really, good. But to get the good…

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    The First Year Of High School – Completed It Mate

    The first year of high school for my daughter is now over. She was counting down the days and it makes me wonder, how did other children find their first year? For us, it’s been a shock to the system. My girl loved school. Primary was an absolute breeze for her. She’s always been a shy kid. Selective mutism was part of our life. If you’ve not heard of it, it’s basically a child choosing who they speak to/infornt of. Usually it’s adults who get the silent treatment. I had spoken to her school and all of her teachers through the years as the same comment always came up…. “She…

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    Frugal Family Days Out That Everyone Will Enjoy

    Frugal family days out can be hard to do. Ones that entertain the whole family can be even harder! We’re a family of 4 with an age gap of eight and a half years between the two children. Trying to find days out that a pre-teen and a toddler will both enjoy is always a bit of a challenge. The other issue is the expense. Everything seems to cost a small fortune these days. A day out can easily cost £150+ when you include entrance fees and feeding the little blighters! We like to make the most of our weekends together but we haven’t got the money to be doing…

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    The Toddler Years – One Perfect Week

    If you’ve not previously read my The Toddler Years Series then click here and get up to speed! I’ve decided to add to the series this week as quite frankly, I need to vent. I found this series to be a safe space for toddler parents. A place we could call our kids arseholes and no one would bat an eyelid. So I’ve called this post “One Perfect Week” as I’m amazed that we’ve done one! Yes, my toddler was good for a whole week! *Takes a bow with a smug grin on her face* But of course, it was short lived… One Perfect Week The adults in our house…

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    My Soft Play Mum Guilt

    I will start by saying, a lot of parents will probably hate me for this post. To most, soft play is a hell hole of colourful equipment and screaming children, with bright lighting and terrible coffee. I do actually agree with that but at the same time I have an overwhelming sense of ” Soft Play Mum Guilt”…. Because….. I can’t take my pre-schooler on my own. “Oh boo!” “What an absolute shame!” I hear the parents out there cry. It genuinely does sadden me though. Because of the issues I have with my back and mobility, I just can’t physically do it on my own. (Read more about my back…

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    The Toddler Years – An Interview with a toddler

    So this is the last post in what has been a great series! I’d really like to thank everyone who has joined in and to those of you who have read it all. I will list every post at the end of this one so if you haven’t read them all, you can! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed having guest posts from such amazing people on my blog. It’s definitely something I’ll do again. I felt like I needed to close the series myself though and my sister actually gave me the idea for this. So here it is! An Interview With A Toddler What is your name? Charlie How old are…

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    The Toddler Years – Not How I Planned It

    Hello again! Welcome to another edition of The Toddler Years. I’ve really enjoyed this series and this is going to be the penultimate one…. For now anyway. You can go back and read the previous ones by clicking HERE and following the links back. But anyway, today we have a post from Cici who blogs over at https://themostrewardinglife.com so go and check her out. Cici is a Mum to 4 but has 2 toddlers! She’s one brave and incredible lady in my eyes. Not How I Planned It It’s currently 6:25 am as I’m writing this. Not while you’re reading this I’m sure, though. Why am I up writing so early?…

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    The Toddler Years – Plastic Tat

    Welcome to another edition of the Toddler Years Series! If you haven’t read these posts before, where have you been? Don’t worry though, you can read the previous one here. This week’s post is written by the lovely Jo from A Rose Tinted World. She writes about parenting, lifestyle and sewing over at her blog http://www.arosetintedworld.co.uk. Go check her out! But that’s enough from me…. Plastic Tat I met one of my oldest friends last week who is also a toddler mum. Invariably, the conversation came around to the Christmas question. What were her two children getting (10 and nearly 4)? ‘Plastic Tat’ was the acidic response. Now, I wasn’t…

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    The Toddler Years – I Wrote A Post…. Forgot The Title

    So this week’s guest writer isn’t actually a blogger at all….. He’s my long suffering other half! Scott and I met nearly 5 years ago and though our darling toddler was sort of planned… He wasn’t meant to come along quite as soon as he did. You can find Scott on Twitter @Jackabyte if you want to mainly read Man United updates. So let’s read about The Toddler Years from Mr Bloggs himself…. I wrote a post…. Forgot the title Our delightful bundle of dictatorship is almost 3. Part of me is impressed I have successfully helped to raise a child this far; I was useless with Tamagotchis! The other…

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    The Toddler Years – What’s With All The W’s?

    We’re back again with the 3rd instalment of The Toddlers Years series and this week is a guest post from the fantastic Phil from the Parenting Phils. You can read the previous two Toddler Years posts here and here if you need to catch up. Phil is a stay at home Dad to twin boys and man, do I feel for him! I only have one terrorising me, I can’t imagine having 2! You can check out his and his best friend Philippa’s blog at http://parentingphils.co.uk/ Well that’s enough from me, let’s see what Phil has to say about life with toddler’s…. What’s With All The W’s? When Carly invited me…

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