Encouraging play skills through book themed activities

We are definitely a book family in this household. Between myself, J and my husband our house has a lot of books in every room. J has a ‘book nook’ upstairs and a book shelf downstairs, as well as books in his bag and the car! He reads everything from rhyming books to classic kids…

Days Out: Our trip to Banham Zoo

It’s half term and I was determined to enjoy the week off with little man. We found a ‘free child’s entry’ voucher for Banham Zoo so headed down for a visit (saving £10.85 per child). The only downside to the voucher is that you can’t book online with it. I had a read on social…

Keeping children safe: Should children keep secrets?

Today J asked me to keep something a secret. It was only something little and silly but I told him no. Not because I’m mean or want to gossip but because secrets can be dangerous. In today’s social media driven world, children have access to chat boards, messenger services, sharing photos and ability to cause…

A Visit to the Moon…exploring space with under 5’s.

J has a fascination with space thanks to his love of Star Wars. It started as just an interest in the Star Wars planets but it then began to bring in our own universe too. He started to want to know about Earth, the moon, our planets etc. We’ve been spending time exploring our world…

How love grew and changed during pregnancy and parenthood…

It sounds a total cliché but becoming a Mummy was the day I learnt what love really is. I love my family, I love my husband, I love my friends but the love for my child is just something else. It has an intensity to it that I never fully appreciated before. I felt love…

Is the recent ‘cleaning trend’ helpful or harmful to parents?

Over the last few months there has been a surge in cleaning and tidying based shows, bloggers, books and hashtags. Whether you’re in the ‘Hinch Army‘, ‘Team TOMM‘ or KonMari it is everywhere you look. Cleaning and tidying are not new concepts, and it’s definitely not a new concept for it to be in the…

Using a sensory tent to support better sleep…

J has never been a great sleeper. He never slept through as a baby, or a toddler or a preschooler. However we had a routine and bedroom environment going that was minimizing issues. Although J would wake ups he had visuals that reminded him not to get up and to go back to sleep or…

Announcing Pregnancy to our Autistic Son…

In August 2018 I got those two little lines that either fill a woman with excitement or fear…or in my case both. We had been trying for a sibling for J for almost 2 years and in 2017 I suffered a devastating miscarriage. So when I fell pregnant this time I was so happy to…

Days Out: Sea Life Centre Great Yarmouth

Today we went to the Sea Life Centre in Great Yarmouth. J has been watching YouTube videos of various sea life centres and was eager to see some Rays. The centre was easy to find and there was easy parking nearby (no parking onsite). A big plus is that it’s right by the beach so…

Why a New Year, WONT mean a New Me!

With the end of 2018 drawing closer it’s a time to reflect and to think of the next year ahead. When I was younger a new year seemed such a big thing. It was almost as if the new year would be the start of a new life or some grand event. Some years have…