Guide to dealing with a heatwave when you have children

More often than not, I’m complaining it’s cold. I live for the sunny, summer weather. But that was before I had children. This was back when I could get a book, cold glass of something alcoholic and just lay on the sun lounger in the garden. Now I have a 4 year old and 12…

Our Favourite Easter and Spring Activities for Kids…

Spring time is one of my favourite times of year. We have the return of sunshine, baby animals being born and colour returning to the garden. For children the best part of spring is usually opportunity to be back outside more, and the joy of Easter chocolate. It’s an exciting time for some fun activities…

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…

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…

Our 1 Year ‘Autism Anniversary’…then and now.

Today is a very special anniversary. It was one year today that J received his formal diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. I can’t quite believe that a year has gone past already. The gap between starting to assessment process and getting our diagnosis was torture. I don’t mean to sound dramatic but the ‘limbo’ you…

Halloween Activities for Children Under 5

Well it’s October already. The trees are changing colours, the heating is on and the shops are full of scary masks and fake blood. This must mean that Halloween is around the corner. Gone are the days when Halloween was just one evening where you dressed in a sheet or bin bag and knocked on…

How to be poorly when you’re a parent…

When you’re ill as a child it’s great (well except the feeling rubbish part). You get to lay on the sofa and watch Tv, drinks and snacks brought to you and lots of rest and sympathy. When you’re ill as a childfree adult then you may not get everyone running around after you but at…