Why You Shouldn’t Stress About Potty Training

Back in March we had our first attempt at potty training. We got all kitted out with the Summer Infant My Size Potty and Erin loved it. We gave Erin time to get used to the new potty and a few weeks after it was delivered we got Erin some knickers and gave it a go. It didn’t turn out too well though and Erin just wasn’t ready at a place where she was ready for potty training. We gave up after a couple of days and decided to wait until the weather was nicer and Erin was slightly older

It’s Not Okay For You To Touch My Child

Last month we went on a family holiday to Haven. We chose to stay at the Caister-on-Sea park as it was easy enough for us to get to by bus. Being a family that doesn’t drive we tend to try to make things as easy as possible and the bus dropped us off pretty much right outside. Anyway, while we were on the bus a quite large group of older ladies got on part way as what I can only imagine was a regular shopping trip to a nearby town. Erin, being Erin, was her loud and cheeky self and

I Must Be Doing Something Right

Sometimes I think I can be quite hard on myself when it comes to being a parent. I never really tend to think I’m doing a particularly good job. I’m not the crafty Pinterest Mum. I’m not the perfect baking Mum. I’m not even the Mum who can cook particularly well. Most of the time, I think I do a pretty average job of being a parent day to day. Sometimes, I really wonder if I’m doing a good job at all with Erin. I have no idea what I’m doing and I wing it on a daily basis. However,

Things I Want My Daughter To Know

I don’t really think it matters whether you have a son, daughter or a mix of both, there will always be things you want to tell them as they get older. It got me thinking about some of the things I want Erin to know as she grows up and what life lessons I want to teach her. I think there are lots of things I wish I knew and I wish someone had talked to me about more. It’s okay to make mistakes Believe me, I made a million mistakes growing up. However, I think I was extremely hard

Make The Most Of Bedtime

Did you know that March is National Sleep Month? I didn’t until recently but as a busy parent who doesn’t always sleep very well or very much, I’m really glad that Feather and Down sent us some products to help! I used to be a real night owl and would very rarely be in bed before midnight, if not later. I have been so used to working strange hours that I always used to need a good couple of hours to unwind before going to bed. Now that I am self-employed and work from home I do manage to have an earlier

The Email Of Doom

Up until recently I would have Erin at home with me all day for 7 days a week while John works full time. I did go back to work for a bit when Erin was 9 months old and got an evening job in a supermarket but it really wasn’t for me so I quit after about 10 or 11 months to be self-employed and stay at home. Some days with Erin are absolutely wonderful and I love every minute of being at home with her. Some days with Erin are so incredibly stressful and hard, especially on days where

Some Days Are S***… And That’s Okay!

I think when you become a parent, or even when you get pregnant you don’t really think about much other than how wonderful it must be to have a child. No one ever really focuses on the bits that aren’t full of fairy dust, sparkles and rainbows until they actually happen. Although I had a really bad pregnancy I never found myself thinking about how hard things might get at one point or another. I certainly never thought that parenting really is s*** sometimes! Having suffered from PND, focusing on the bad days happened more often than I would really like

How We Chose Erin’s Nursery

Although Erin has now been going to nursery for 2 months now, we knew where she would be going well over a year ago. I think we started to think about looking at where Erin would go to nursery just before her first birthday. Where we live there are a few different nurseries to choose from. There are more just out of town but as we don’t drive, none of these were going to be possible. We also ruled out the nursery that was closest to home and only a couple of minutes away. It would have made a lot