I read this over a few days with my children and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a wonderful magical and adventurous fast tale with great characters to be met along the way. As a fan of Irish mythology, this also grabbed my attention learning more about Bulgarian and Slavic myths. This will appeal Continue reading
I was watching my kids and their friends playing in the park the other day and thinking there are days I would love to just be that kid again. Kids can be very positive to be around as adult life can sometimes get in the way of our thinking. We were once that kid before who was just happy and content. What got in the way of all that? Here’s what I’m learned from kids to remind ourselves again.
No Grey Areas
Kids don’t over analyse things and see another grey area for excuses. Like for instance there was a time when I was doing my first library reading for children, I had told my son I was a little nervous and not sure if I can go through with it. He gave me a puzzled look and said , “Why would you be nervous about that?” I thought about it for a moment and honestly couldn’t give him an answer. Why was I nervous? What’s the worst thing that could happen? Nothing at all. We were once that kid who would climb up the highest tree and not think of the actual danger that could happen, so why are we nervous about things now? Sometimes as adults we tend to talk ourselves out of things as we build it up in our heads of things that can go wrong and tend not to think of what can go right. A child’s view is ‘don’t overthink at all and just get on with’ it which I did.
Kids are straight talkers and you know where you stand with them, which I love as I don’t have time to be led around of people feeding you a lot of crap when you know they’re lying. Also If you ask a child’s an opinion Continue reading
While the method of spanking children or corporal punishment has been going on for years as a form of discipline, is it really the answer to punishment for children? Do we hit adults every time they act up or step out of line? My guess is no, so why is it OK to lash out at a child? What would people say to bullies in school “Pick on someone your own size” So therefore, as parents are we not doing the same thing hitting someone who is smaller and vulnerable? Continue reading
While toys are great and we love to find different ways to entertain our children and children love receiving gifts on their birthdays etc. I often wonder do the manufacturers make them just annoy the hell out of the parents. I urge you to think twice when buying presents for your friend’s children. Here are some things below that have just haunted me over the last few years. Continue reading
I was having another one of those days where I was rambling after a hectic day running back and forth with the kids, house being a complete mess and the only culinary delight I was capable of serving was a boiled egg. My friend said to me, “You make this whole parenting thing sound crazy, it’d be enough to put you off! Is there anything good about it?” I thought about that for a minute and I wasn’t too sure how to answer. All I could say was, “Ah, don’t mind me; It’s not as scary as I make it out. It has its good sides.” Continue reading
This is more of a rant than anything but was in the playground the other day and saw this little girl being just pure mean to another one. I was watching with sadness and fascination also as to where the parent was and was she going to do anything. I felt like I should intervene; don’t get me wrong, that’s the last thing I want to be doing as no one likes to be told how to raise their child. Continue reading
This is a review of Help! I’m a Father, by Mark Hearn. This book offers some great for tips advice on parenting and from a father’s point of view from birth to adult.
When I was pregnant with my first child I read all the standard books on parenting and I thought I had it all sussed until the actual reality set in. No one really told me about the actual little day to day events that will occur that I just wasn’t prepared for.
There is no one set rule for parenting Continue reading
Drugs as we know have and still are a huge problem in today’s society. The other week I was gobsmacked though after having a conversation with a friend of mine about her teenage son that had started secondary school. He came home and told her about a boy who had got caught selling drugs in the school hallway. He then went on to tell her how the kids are easily buying drugs online and arranging meet ups.
This boy was around 12 years of age. I was absolutely horrified. When you send your children to school Continue reading
Blogger Recognition Award is a positive and nice time to see the interaction of others and who are taking the time to read each other’s blogs and connecting. The internet world is such a vast place and is growing daily and therefore it is easy to get lost among it. I was truly honoured to have received an email from Magicmindz informing me that they have put my blog down as one of the nominations. This is a great blog I have been following for a while now as it covers a range of topics including parenting, relationships, creativity and I would recommend to pop over and see for yourself.
How did I get into blogging? Continue reading
The other month my 7 year old informed me that he had his own you tube channel. When I say I was gob smacked, that was an understatement. I wasn’t aware of it at all, and I was annoyed at myself for not noticing. I felt like the worst mother ever! I had all sorts of thoughts of what he had on it, when he was recording it, was he talking to anyone and if there was any personal stuff going on in the background and more the fact, that all along, I was thinking he was playing away on games while I was pottering around the house. Thankfully there wasn’t much on it, as it was just a channel with his daily ramblings. There were a couple of idiotic comments from people, nothing derogatory, luckily enough but however I did notice though that some of the vocabulary being used was a little advanced which was quite worrying. I also showed him how to block people if there were any bad comments. It did get me thinking however of the safety of the internet. When I first joined Facebook for example I had all sorts of creeps annoying me. One guy was sending pictures of him and his mother to me. Another offered me a car so I said “Yes, that would be nice” and gave him a PO box number to post it over to me. Thankfully I discovered the block button. As parents, it’s not a nice thought of children being exposed to that, so what we can do to keep our children safe?
Social media sites Continue reading