parenting

Benefits of Learning a Language at an Early Age

It is a great idea to start exposing your children to the sounds of a language from a young age and to start learning one before secondary school. There are many benefits to learning from a young age. Here are the top ones for me:  It is easier Children are

Wonderlab- Discovering Science

It was our first visit to the Science Museum and didn’t know where to start; I saw a family with young children coming down the stairs so decided to ask them what they recommended. 'Wonderlab' was the answer. “You have to pay to go in to Wonderlab but it’s really worth it.” We followed their

My Life as a Single Mum and Teacher

Thursday 23:45 It’s nearly midnight and I’m about to go to bed. Have I been up partying or chatting? No, it was parents evening number 12. My daughter (4) was super tired when I picked her up at 19:00 but didn’t want to go to bed. After a bit of relax time, I settled

Moving house; mice and other suprises

'Moving House is stressful' is what people always say. I'm not currently stressed but I am exhausted and a little overwhelmed. It hasn't been your usual move. It has become more of a work-in-progress than I expected and life has become a bit crazy. Today the kitchen fitter told me that he had uncovered

Childcare: the hunt for a reliable childminder continues

I like to be organised and I think it is important to provide your child with some stability and continuity, don’t you? I would have hoped a childminder / nanny would also have these values but I seem to have been unlucky so far. When in Penang with my daughter aged 2: Nanny 1:

Applying For a Reception Place for your Child- Tips

When I was looking for a reception place for my daughter to start in September 2018. She has now settled in her school and seems really happy. I hope your son/ daughter will be too. Here are some things you may find useful if like me back then, don't know where to start... Preliminary

Learning to swim aged 2

When should your child to learn to swim? My daughter started at the age of two, but that is not to say it is the best age. It depends on you, your circumstances and your child. Do you go to places with water a lot? The American Association of Pediatrics says children can safely start to have swimming

Meeting Daddy for the First Time

I wrote this last year and was unsure about publishing, but have decided to do so one year on... After being in Malaysia for 364 days (residency rules) I was determined to travel with my then three-year-old to other parts of Southeast Asia before heading back to the U.K. I adore Vietnam and my

From a Visit to Hyde Park to A & E; Beware Sandpits!

I am now convinced I cannot take my eye off my daughter for even a short time. We picnicked with friends in Hyde Park, then went to the Princess Diana Memorial playground in the corner. Initially, either me or a friend kept a keen eye on Daisy as she was playing with water and I was a

Stay-at-Home Mum? In my Dreams!

When I was growing up, my Mum was a stay-at-home Mum. It was quite the norm back then, but never something I saw myself doing. As I started to think about the possibility of kids, I thought it would be great to have a parent at home and thought perhaps I would find a

Dummy- Saying Goodbye

I don't know if there is meant to be a certain age for getting rid of a dummy... Maybe there is; I went along with what was gut feeling. It wasn't easy, as we had a nanny who didn't seem to want to play along, but I got there in the end- with the help of