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6 Ways to Raise a Charitable Child

Collaborative Post We all remember the joy of receiving gifts when we were children. From birthdays to Christmases and every other special occasion in between, the thrill of unwrapping a present provides some of the best memories of growing up. However, at some point, we all realise that giving a gift can be just as rewarding, if not more so, as receiving them. To help your child understand and instill a charitable mindset in them, here are six things that you can do. Set A Good Example Children learn by watching and mimicking the actions of their parents. This means […]

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Getting Ahead With School Holiday Planning: Things to Consider

*collaborative post* There is no hiding from the fact that the words “school holidays” can give you sheer panic. For some it is the juggle of taking time off and childcare, and for others it is wondering what you can do to keep the kids entertained while remaining sane and not bankrupting yourself in the process. The trick is planning and preparation, and there is no shame in starting early. Half term is already upon us and Easter and the Summer holidays will be here before we know it. So here are some of the things to consider to help […]

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Sleep Deprivation: A Parent’s Reality

I think there is one universal truth about becoming a parent… You will never get a good nights sleep again. Yeah, you heard me right; Never. Never ever. You give up your right to sleep the moment the lines appear on that test. Life from that point is basically just a blur of late nights, early mornings and broken sleep. Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit. But honestly? Not much. My children are eight and nine now, and I’m still severely sleep deprived. I remember those sleepless baby days, where I’d pace the living room in the middle […]

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Word of the Week – Normality

This week we are well and truly back to normality! We’ve gone back to routine: Homework, packed lunches, forgotten PE kits, missing socks/ shoes. It’s almost like the summer never happened! Yes, this week was the kids first full week back at school. They actually started back last Friday, which is the most bizarre of days to start back. Imagine going back for only one day! I suppose for the kids it was a nice way to ease back in, but for me it was weird. The random little taster day last week meant this this has kinda been a normal […]

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Back To School, The Silence Descends

The first day back to school is always weird. I mean, really weird. Particularly the first day of the new school year, after nine weeks off. Nine weeks of laughter, tears, squabbling, singing. Nine weeks of elephant feet up and down the stairs, ‘I’m bored’ multiple times a day, squealing, shouting, chatting. Then a sudden silence descends on the house, and it’s louder than all of that put together. The silence doesn’t sound right, not now at least. I miss my children. I miss them giggling as the play together upstairs. I miss the cuddles when someone has taken a bump. I […]

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