Why we decided to restrict our daughter’s YouTube access

I don’t really remember when Erin started watching videos on a tablet or phone. She’s 5 now and it must have been a few years ago at least. Like a lot of parents, silly YouTube videos have helped on many occasions in restaurants, travelling and when you just need 10 minutes of peace at home. We’ve always been quite relaxed about letting Erin watch YouTube. To be honest, at the start she watched things like Blippi (over and over again), people making different coloured slimes and things like that. Nothing she watched really was inappropriate for her age and because

How to Help Your Shy Kid With Dinosaurs

AD | Collaborative post Kids are innocent little angels having pure and naive hearts. They grow up learning from their environment and the people around them. They don’t have a judgment of their own rather they learn the sense of right and wrong from their surroundings. They pick up things quickly and imitate the actions of those present in their surroundings. They tend to follow what others do instead of taking orders about what should be done. Childhood is a crucial phase for shaping the personality of a kid as the imprints of childhood learning stay with a human being

How to talk to your children about birth trauma

I have always been open about the fact that Erin’s birth was far from perfect. In fact, it was absolutely nowhere near perfect. After being induced, a couple of days later Erin was born via emergency c-section. Unfortunately, there was complications and I ended up with sepsis and e coli and was very seriously ill for a whole week until I had surgery again. This resulted in me suffering from birth trauma for quite a long time. Having quite a large scar from my c-section means that it’s something Erin has asked about. I remember being in the bath with

Teaching Your Child to Resist Peer Pressure

Peer pressure is something we all face at some point or another in our lives, especially as teenagers when we’re trying to make sense of our position in the world and within our social circles. Young people who want to gain approval from their peers will often take part in risky or unsafe behaviour, from cheating in class to stealing or dabbling with drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol. These actions are not only bad for them in the short-term, but they may also send them on a downward spiral. Here’s some advice from a prep school in Hertfordshire to help you

Exploring Mindfulness with Your Child

Practising mindfulness can be beneficial for adults and children alike. It’s about drawing one’s attention back to the present moment in a gentle and accepting manner and allows parents and caregivers to promote happiness and relieve stress and anxiety. Here are some simple tips from an independent school in London to help you explore mindfulness with your child. We all face different levels of adversity from the moment we’re born; babies get hungry and tired, toddlers tackle a new language, and teenagers often struggle with schoolwork, friendships, and developing a sense of self. The natural process of growing up creates

How to Raise a Resilient Child

AD | Collaborative post It’s understandable that you would want to shield your child from anything which could potentially hurt them, but it’s also important to help children develop the ability to bounce back from setbacks. Nurturing resilience in your child will enable them to grow into adults who can face challenges head on and overcome them and recover from disappointments. These tips from a private school in Surrey will help you raise a resilient child.  Encourage independence Give your child the space to explore and let them try new things. Encourage them to figure things out on their own,

What To Do When Your Child Gets Their First Wobby Teeth

Just a couple of days before her 5th birthday, Erin told John that her teeth felt wobbly. He didn’t really believe her at the time, thinking 5 was a bit too young for baby teeth to be falling out. Then, when she told me I just had to check and there they were, two wobbly teeth on the bottom row. Immediately, I thought back to her very first birthday, which was the day that both of these teeth came through. Erin was a little bit worried to begin with, I think not really understanding what might happen to her teeth.

Mum… I Want A Brother Or Sister

Over the years Erin has asked me plenty of times if we’re going to have another baby. Mostly, she has asked as part of another conversations we’ve been having and when I’ve said no she’s sort of shrugged it off and forgotten about it. I think all children, even if they do already have siblings, are likely to ask this question at some point or another. This year though Erin has been asking more and more and instead of just asking she has been saying quite clearly that she wants a sibling. I’m not sure whether it’s because she has