Children’s book review: My big fantastic family

AD | Post contains gifted items and affiliate links (marked with *) This week’s children’s book review is all about My big fantastic family by Adam and Charlotte Guillain and illustrate by Ali Pye. It was published by Nosy Crow and it can be purchased on Amazon*.

Exploring Gratitude with Your Child

AD | Collaborative post All parents can agree that they would like their children to grow up with an appreciation for what they have, in terms of both material items, but also their relationships and experiences. With the help of a pre-prep school in Gerrards Cross, I have put together the following advice on how you can explore gratitude with your child, to help promote a thankful attitude within your family home.  Talk About What Your Grateful For At the end of each day, perhaps in the car after you have picked the kids up

How to Raise an Inquisitive Child

AD | Collaborative post Exploring our inquisitive nature is important because it allows us to be active learners, encourages us to be observant and generally opens up a world of possibilities. With this in mind, parents should try and encourage their children to be inquisitive, to help them develop intellectually and perform well in school. Of course, that’s easier said than done, so here’s some advice from a private school in London to get you started.  Encourage an Open Mind Chat to your child about the fact that there is so much for them to

Discussing Internet Safety with Your Child

AD | Collaborative post The internet can provide many benefits for children; it can help them with their learning and allow them to stay connected to friends. However, it is not without risks. With that said, if your child has a smartphone or another device with access to the internet, it’s important for parents to chat to them regularly about online safety. You’re probably wondering where to start, which is why I have teamed up with an independent school in West London to share some advice. Educate Yourself Before approaching your child with the topic

Teaching Your Child to Manage their Emotions

AD | Collaborative post The way children respond to particular situations is usually a reflection on how they feel about themselves and the ramifications, rather than the situation itself. For instance, if they drop a plate, they might feel embarrassed and upset, and worried about how you will respond, therefore leading to an emotional outburst. Feelings are very complicated, especially for young people who don’t really understand them. I have teamed up with a prep school in West London to offer some advice on how to help your child manage these emotions going forward, so

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

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

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