How to Raise an Optimistic Child

AD | Collaborative post Optimism is a positive way of thinking. A positive mind-set helps children to feel happy and confident, and it can also motivate them to keep trying when things get hard. It is important to teach children how to be optimistic, so that they will be much better equipped for dealing with life’s challenges. Here are some great tips from an independent school in London on how to help your child develop an optimistic attitude… Be a good role model Children learn from their parents, so it is important that you role model an optimistic attitude for

Helping Your Child with their Social Skills

AD | Collaborative post With a takeover in technology in recent years, social development in children is now more important than ever. Children need to learn how to interact with other people, which can be difficult when they are spending more and more time in front of their screens. So what can you do to help your child improve their social skills? Here is some great advice from an independent school in Somerset… Set a good example It is important that parents set a good example for children. Try to limit your own screen time, especially while you are with

Do We Have A Fussy Eater… Or Something Else?

For the longest time Erin has been a fussy eater… or so I thought. I remember it all starting when Erin was maybe just over 1 and she had a bad case of tonsillitis that resulted in a hospital visit. It might have just been a coincidence but this is the time when I remember Erin’s eating habits changing. She seemed to go from being the child who would eat and enjoy absolutely anything to being the child who would pretty much only eat some form of bread. Erin is now 3 and a half and things still aren’t great.

The Importance Of Reading Stories At Bedtime

AD | Paid collaboration Before Erin was even born I had a small collection of books for her. Reading was something we did on a daily basis and we did it often. Now, Erin is 3 and reading is still such a big part of our day. We generally try to stick to the same bedtime routine each evening. Erin will start off by having a fun bath before watching something on TV like Zog or Room on the Broom. After Erin has had time to relax and calm down during this time she then goes up to bed (mostly

Erin’s First Month At A Montessori Nursery

As soon as Erin turned 2 she started going to nursery somewhere attached to a private school. The children from the school and nursery all spent time together and it was such a lovely thing to see. Erin especially gained a lot from eating hot lunches with the whole school and learning from the older children. When we found out that the school and nursery would be closing before Christmas we knew we only had a few other options for Erin. We don’t drive so the nursery had to be within walking distance and also, it had to be somewhere

Remembering Our Fantastic Firsts With Little Tikes

Disclaimer: We received this item for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.  As a parent, whether it be your first time or 4th time, you experience firsts with your child all the time and with Erin turning 3 in just under 2 months I have been enjoying looking back at some of the things we have done up until now. We have teamed up with Little Tikes to celebrate #LittleTikesFantasticFirsts and the Fantastic Firsts Toy range so I wanted to share some of these moments that I have experienced as a new and first time Mum. We

Thomas And Friends Alphaphonics Tablet Review

Disclaimer: We received this item for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.  Erin, at the moment, is one of those children who wants to learn. In January she will be moving up to the 3+ room at nursery and from then, she will be spending time with the reception class in school and joining in with learning things like phonics. Erin has shown an interest in letters and words for quite a long time now and I want to help encourage her at home. We were kindly sent the Thomas And Friends Alphaphonics Tablet recently and it

When Did Fussy Eating Become A Competition?

Erin is quite the fussy eater and it can be a nightmare to get her to eat a proper meal. While she’s at nursery she eats really well and has cooked meals on the days she is there. Erin’s nursery is attached to a private school and all of the children eat lunch together so this encourages her to do the same as her friends are doing. At home though, we struggle. I think Erin would live on cereal and toast if we would let her. Luckily, she really likes fruit so we always have that available to her. Every