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Why I don’t force my children to read!

My girls get given the task of reading for 15 minutes every night as part of their school homework which I am sure is the same for nearly every primary school in the UK.

When my girls were younger and I was new to motherhood I wanted to make sure I did the right thing for my children and followed the schools advice and made them do their reading homework every night.

To start with it was fine my girls have always loved reading and I have bought them up with books. After the novelty of homework had worn off sitting down to do reading every night was met with tears, arguments and when they did read it was very forced and they weren’t getting any enjoyment from it.

I couldn’t understand why, as they had always enjoyed books, loved going to the library and would happily pick up a book on their own accord and read so why was it such a big deal when it came to sitting down reading their school books for homework??

In the end they broke me and I gave up caring about whether or not they did their reading homework and left them to decide when to read.

This turned out to be the best thing I had ever done. At first they were excited to rebel and missing reading but after their initial reaction they all realised that it wasn’t the reading they didn’t like it was being told when to read that they had a problem with (typical child response to anything you want them to do).

By giving them the choice they rekindled their love of books and started reading again and would then be asking me if they could do their reading.

Sometimes they would read the books they had picked at school but other times when the school books weren’t interesting them they would pick a book from home to read. Most of the time they would read to me and other times when they just didn’t feel like reading out loud I  would let them quietly read a book to themselves.

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I know when they are young it is important for them to read out loud so we can ensure they are reading the words right but when they are tired or in a funny mood I feel it is better to let them chill out and read a book quietly than to force them to read out loud.

I am a believer that if you force a child to read then by doing this you will never install a love for reading in them, you have to encourage, be patient and let them discover reading themselves. All children are different you can’t expect to do the same thing with every child and get the same results. Some children may love to do their reading homework every night without argument but there are other children like mine who will find it difficult.

Ahaparenting.com states the following with regards to reading, ‘Children who choose to read independently become better readers, they score higher on achievement tests and have greater content knowledge than those who don’t.’ 

Reading material is also a key part, if your child is not enjoying the book then let them read something else don’t make them finish it. There are so many amazing children’s books available now which cover a wide range of topics that I am sure you can find a book your child is interested in. Libraries are always a great place to look for a book that your child will enjoy and they can look through them first.

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I think reading is so important there is so much that can be learnt from books both fiction and non-fiction but I am a strong believer that to be a long term reader you have to find the love of reading on your own and not be forced to do so.

I am currently working on my new children’s book ‘The Silly Book of Rhymes‘ that will be printed in a special font designed to help children with dyslexia read the words easier. It is also packed full of short rhymes so children can read in small bursts and read the book in any order this will help children who struggle to stay focused when reading a full book, the rhymes are also funny and a little bit rude so they will add laughter to reading time and keep children engaged. Sign up to my newsletter via the pink sign up box below to be kept up to date on the progress of my next book.

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Managing the Mayhem of Meltdowns’ Parenting course review

If you haven’t heard of Growth & Grit as a parent then you really should take a look at their website. It is packed full of resources and advice for parents and the owner Eloise is so knowledgeable. She has almost 20 years experience working with children who have various needs. She is a teacher, with a specialist focus on emotional intelligence, Autism and different behaviour approaches not to mention she is a certified parent educator, relax kids coach and certified MHFA.

I have been trying out her new course ‘Managing the Mayhem of Meltdowns’. This is an online course that takes around an hour and half to complete, it is broken down into handy sections so if you are short on time you can do a section at a time.

At the beginning there is a handy resource pack that you can download and use during the course which has space for you to fill in and answer questions about your own experiences.  It is also full of helpful information and resources that you can take away with you after finishing the online part and use again and again.

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The first thing that I found with this course is that is very well researched, it hasn’t just been thrown together with what you should and shouldn’t do. It is clear that Eloise has put a lot of time and effort into it, the videos are packed full of knowledge and she has put a lot of research into it so as to give parents the best advice possible to manage children’s meltdowns.

The first section of the course is all about the science behind meltdowns in children and an insight into what is happening in their little brains that got them to this point. It also covers the different types of meltdowns in children and gives you an explanation to why and also what is happening to them during these meltdowns.

What I think sets this course apart from others is the understanding that Eloise has with parents, there is no judgement at all and she recognises how hard parenting can be and  shares some of her own experiences. The course focuses just as much on why tantrums happen, as it does on ways to best deal with a meltdown.

All the videos in this course are clear and easy to follow. Everything is explained in a simple to understand way including the science part. Eloise has such a caring and relaxed manner about her that really shows through in the videos that helps you to stay focused.

I am a note taker and find writing things down as I watch helps me take everything in and the speed and pace of the course works perfectly.

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Since taking this course I do feel better equipped to helping and understanding my children’s emotions and how best to try an avoid or guide them through any meltdowns they may have. I have also been implementing her mind, body and soul section and spending at least 10 mins a day with my children, uninterrupted, with no smart phones or tablets just doing what they want to do and it has had amazing effects on us as a family already.

The cost of the course is £120 (it will be on sale from 24th January 2019 – 1st February 2019) , this shouldn’t be looked at as a cost but as an investment. When you break it down in terms of will it better my family life, will it help with stress associated with my child’s behaviour, will it help me manage my children better, will it help me to feel less anxious when on an outing with my child, will it help my child’s future? When the answer to all of these are yes then the £120 seems like a great investment.

For more information on this course please take a look at the Growth and Grit website.

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I have been given free access to this course in order to write a review.

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Why we unexpectedly had one of the best Christmas days ever!

I normally love the run up to Christmas and really get into the Christmas vibe. I love listening to the Christmas songs, eating mince pies, watching the nativities, doing Christmas activities with the kids, watching Christmas films and I even love wrapping.

Ever year I start to do my Christmas shopping in October and I am always nearly finished with presents by the end of November and have December to chill.

However the run up to Christmas this year has just not been the same, we have not been in the best place financially and although I started buying a few presents in October we didn’t quite have the money to continue. Christmas shopping this year didn’t happen until December which then meant we didn’t have a lot of money to take part in Christmas activities like we usually do. Worst of all our national trust membership had just run out so we couldn’t even visit one of their properties and do the Christmas trails that they put on every year for the kids.

Come Christmas eve I was not really looking forward to Christmas we had hardly got the kids any presents and I just thought that they would be disappointed and Christmas would be rubbish.

Every year since they were born I have given them PJ’s on Christmas eve but I didn’t even do that this year, I still got them PJ’s but made them wait until Christmas Day so at least it would be another present to open. In the end all we got them was a board game each and PJ’s and they got a few books and little presents from Santa.

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I was so surprised when our Christmas day turned out to be one of the best we have ever had. My worry of the kids being disappointed didn’t come true, they appreciated the presents they got and enjoyed playing with them. We decided to get them all a board game each as after I stopped them from going on their tablets so much a few weeks ago they have been playing a lot more games together so we wanted to get them some more to play.

I think this was the best idea we have ever had as the whole day yesterday was spent playing games together as a family. We played Scrabble, charades and Cluedo in between cooking and eating our Christmas dinner. Playing together bought us all together and instead of watching them playing with their toys while we sit bored drinking we all spent the time together laughing a playing.

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The atmosphere was amazing everyone was chilled, happy and enjoying the day. The girls were as good as gold despite getting up at 5.30am and best of all they liked their presents. In previous years they have had so many presents that they just didn’t know what to do but this year having less made them appreciate what they had.

They all spent the morning building and playing with their Lego minifigures and then the rest of the day playing board games. Lia got a football kit  from Santa that she adores, Alexa got a little unicorn bag again from Santa that she didn’t take off all day and Bella was in love with her PJ’s as it has a Husky on them her favourite animal.

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She is happy she just didn’t want to stop for a picture so put on a sad face.

Sometimes less really does mean more! This year we enjoyed the true spirit of Christmas.

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Why I Restricted my Kids Screen Time and The Benefits I Saw

My girls have always been quite good at not spending too much time on their tablets and given the chance would much rather be outside playing than sitting indoors watching YouTube.

However like most of us they start to hibernate during the winter months. When they get back from school it is either too wet, cold or dark to go out and play with their friends so they choose to stay indoors and play on their tablets.

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As it got more into winter the time they spent on their tablets became more and more to the point that they would get on them straight from school and stay on them until bedtime. Even when the batteries were running out they would sit on the floor and use them while on charge.

Their only break would be at dinner time!!

We always sit together as a family at dinner and normally talk about their day but when all my youngest could talk about was what had happened on her Youtube videos and couldn’t talk about anything else, that was when I realised enough was enough.

I did look into putting restrictions on their tablets so they can only go on it for a certain time limit a day but all the apps I could find charged and seeing as I would have to pay for them 3 times I decided against using an app. Instead I came up with the idea that they weren’t allowed to use their tablets or watch TV after we had dinner. While not completely banning them I hoped it would work and give them a good balance.

When I first told the girls they took it really well and didn’t moan but if I am honest I thought by the end of the week they would have broken me and I would have given in and let them have their tablets again. I was very surprised by how it went.

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I have been so surprised by how my girls have taken to having their time limited on their tablets not one of them has moaned or even begged me to change my mind they have just accepted it and got on.

On the first few days they decided to play Monopoly until after dinner when they could get back on their tablets. Since then they have been playing chess (they have been teaching me how to play it and beating me), drawing, colouring, lego, baking and Lia even decided to raid through the recycling pile to build a house for the elf’s on the shelves to live in.

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We also acquired a huge cardboard box for a few days that took up my living room but they had great fun playing and decorating it.

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There are days now that dinner has come and gone and they have still been busy making and playing that they have forgotten all about their tablets.

I am determined to keep this up as long as possible. The atmosphere is so much better, we are all talking more and spending more time together and the conversation at dinner time is a lot better.

While technology is a big part of all our lives now I want my children to use and be familiar with it but I also want to find a balance so they can enjoy other aspects of life.

Please do share your comments and any advice/tips that you have on finding a balance with your children using technology.

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All parents make mistakes!!

It is the dreaded swimming lessons this evening!!

This got me thinking about the times recently at swimming when I have had epic parent fails and I wanted to share these with you all to highlight the fact they we all make mistakes when it comes to parenting. 

My parent fails at swimming lessons!

When we first changed to evening swimming lessons I missed judged the time of dinner and my little munchkin ended up being sick in the pool. The whole pool had to be evacuated and closed down for the evening. That was a day I wish the ground would have swallowed me up. A major fail!!

The second time was when Alexa was getting out of the pool and I went to get her into the shower only to find I had forgotten to pack a towel and our swimming pool doesn’t sell them either. I ended up using my jumper to try and dry her. Fail!!

The third time was the week after the previous towel incident we were running late for swimming and I was rushing to get the girls out the door. This time I had triple checked the bag to make sure I had everything in there. Just as I was about to leave one of the girls was struggling with their laces so I put the bag down and did their lace up then we rushed off in the car to swimming.

Although we were initially late leaving we managed to get in to the car park with 5 mins to spare I was feeling quite chuffed that I had made it and then we went to get out the car and my smugness was wiped away when I realised I had left the bag at home with her costume and everything in. Fail!!

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It’s OK to make mistakes!

At the time I felt like an epic failure as a parent, I was annoyed with myself and couldn’t believe how I kept getting it wrong but now I look back and I laugh. I even reminisce with the kids about those times and we all laugh about them together.  If I think about the whole 11 years I have been a parent I could probably fill a whole page with times that I have failed.

It is so easy as parents to get caught up in the worries of doing the right thing for our children and feeling bad for the times that we have failed that we forget that everyone makes mistakes especially with the stress of caring for little ones. You can’t be the perfect parent all the time and that is OK. One bad day or in my case 3 doesn’t mean that you are a bad parent or a failure. 

I would love to hear some of your parent fails we all have them. Please do share in the comments below.

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I Miss The Hugs

Last night we were all watching a film together and I was laying on the sofa when my youngest came and snuggled up with me and I ended up falling asleep. That is until she found my phone and started taking selfies of us (little monkey).

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Snuggling up to her on the sofa made me realise how much I miss the days when they were younger, when they would all be fighting to snuggle up to me. I used to barely be able to see the TV through the sea of kids that had engulfed me but I never minded I usually end up falling asleep cuddling all three of them anyway.

Now they all sit as far away from each other as they can and only when it is cold do we snuggle under the blanket together, my youngest is still willing to give me a hug but the other two are harder to persuade. They also are more interested in watching their tablets now than the TV. 

The only times they want to hug me is when it is time to go to bed and they know hugs are like Kryptonite to me as they weaken me down. Child are very clever and mine have figured out that I can never resist a hug from them and by giving me a hug it delays bedtime for a couple of minutes.

They also use hugs when I ask them to do something. I will say “go pick your coat up of the floor”, “ok, but I want to give you a hug first”, they say as they wrap their little arms around me. Then it becomes so hard to peel them off me to get them to do what I asked when I don’t want to let the hug end.

To receive true long snuggles with my girls they either have to be ill or extremely tired and then only a mum hug will do. Which I am always straight on hand to offer however at the same time I can’t really enjoy the snuggles as I don’t like to see them ill and if they are tired I feel bad keeping them up so late.

I do so miss when they were small, I miss their new baby smell, smooth cheek’s and their squishable chunky baby thighs. I miss their little curly hairs and most of all I miss curling up with them on the sofa after a long day.

I also miss taking them to the park and pushing them on the swing for hours. Our nearest park now is next to the house so they take themselves there and play with all their friends from our street, so me coming along is not cool.

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I did once go in and offer to push them on the basket swing and there was 5-6 kids piling on this swing at a time and after about 5 mins of pushing I was spent and I had to make a quick retreat back inside. Although we still do go to the park together and play football and push them on the swings these are only on outings and not at the everyday park trips.

When I look back to their younger years I have no regrets about the time we spend together although I had to work full time the hours I did get to spend with them were well spend and I do have so many fond memories of them being small. I know I hear it all the time but honestly they grow up so quickly. It only seems like yesterday that we did everything together and went to the park almost daily now they just don’t need me as much and at times it feels weird.

However it does make me appreciate family time that little bit more and the hugs that I do get as I don’t know how many years I have left of snuggles and of us all going out together as a family before I lose them to going out with friends instead.

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Music brings families together!

Music is a powerful tool to help build and strengthen relationships especially in families.

Children from a young age are drawn to music and you will often see children dancing away to a beat without a care in the world and when adults join in with them this can really build a stronger bond and memories.

I will never forget when I was around 10 years old and we were at the disco at a holiday camp and my dad got up to dance with me. He was doing a real dad dance and just letting go to the beat of the music without a care in the world.

Although I remember a few people were staring he didn’t care and nor did I, we just danced away. That day he created a happy memory that will live with me forever and that puts a smile on my face whenever I think back to it.

Now with my own children we will often listen to music together and we all get up to dance around the living room. This never fails to put smiles on everyone’s faces and we all feel happier afterwards. We are also not shy about getting up on the dance floor at weddings and dancing the night away together. My girls are usually the first up on any dance floor and we follow not long after.

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We often find songs on Youtube to play and listen to together, my seven year old’s favourite at the moment is Michael Jackson, she loves all his songs and plays them whenever she can. When we hear Michael Jackson we will all get up and try some of his moves and sing along as we go. Not to mention us all trying to learn the moonwalk down the supermarket aisle in Sainsburys (the floors are slick and so it is much easier to moonwalk on).

There has been lots of research carried out to suggest that listening to music can have a positive effect on child development and well-being and also help build family bonds. With this in mind we should all play a bit more music at home even if it is just as background noise while we carry on with the tasks in hand.  

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Music also has the ability to help combat stress and help us unwind. As parents we must have all had a moment when we have been running late for something, we then start to feel stressed and the children pick up on this and start acting up.

As is always the way when you are late you will usually hit traffic and while you are stuck there helpless to do anything the stress starts to build. This is where you need to have an emergency song always handy in the car. Now an emergency song is one that everyone enjoys and that you can all sing to at the tops of your voices like no one is watching. I guarantee you this will melt away any stress and even though it won’t help you with being on time it will ensure you all reach wherever you are going in a happy and carefree mood. Even if you don’t have the music just start singing a familiar song that the children can join in with.

I am not going to hide the fact that I have joined in and sung a car rendition of ‘Let it Go’ at the top of my voice and more recently with all the songs from ‘The Greatest Showman’ and I can say I have always felt better for it and we have all laughed and smiled afterwards. I will never forget the time I drove back from a children’s party with Lia my middle daughter and ‘ Beyonce’s ‘Runnin (Lose It All)’ came on the radio and we both sung it together at the tops of our voices smiling and laughing all the way home. It is one of those memories that we will both never forget.

A study carried out by Philips Research Laboratories in the Netherlands demonstrates that listening to music whilst driving influences mood which in turn can impact driving behaviour. A study carried out showed that listening to music can positively impact mood while driving, which can be used to affect state and safe behaviour.

Music can be beneficial in so many ways, it can help to calm us down, relieve stress, aid sleep and it can also help pump us up before physical activity or even just to do the cleaning.

Everything is always better with music.

Why not take a look at my other posts –

Love the skin your in

Self-care tips for busy parents

The Benefits of Journaling

Art is good for the soul (even if you are not very good at it)

Ways to help children improve their mental health and well-being

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Why we should choose Memories over Material.

In society these days is it hard not to be materialistic and want to have the best clothes, newest gadgets and the best toys for ourselves and our children but do these items bring real happiness?

Material things bring short term happiness.

If you ask your children what presents they got for their previous birthdays I bet they will have a job remembering. Even adults will struggle with this question but if we have had a memorable experience then the memory will stay with us and we can recall the day as if it was yesterday.

When we buy material items we feel happy at first but the happiness wears off as time goes by but experiences stay in our mind and create lasting happy memories, that we can think back to and recall.

When we get to our final journey in life material items are suddenly worthless and all we have our treasured memories to think back over and remember the amazing things we have done. It is these life experiences that will help us feel accomplished with the life we have led.

Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University who has been studying the question of money and happiness for over two decades says “Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods. You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.”  

So with Christmas coming up don’t go mad on present that will be forgotten within a few months instead invest in life experiences. Not only will they bring more joy and create lasting memories but when enjoyed as a family they can help build and strengthen relationships.

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I recently ran a small poll over my Facebook page to find out if people would rather spend their money on Experiences or Material things. As you can see from the results below 89% of people choose experiences over material things. A few people stating that they just didn’t have the room for anymore material things and that making memories are more important. 

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Kayaking down the canal

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Star gazing on a mountain top in Madeira

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Why not take a look at my other posts –

Love the skin your in

Self-care tips for busy parents

The Benefits of Journaling

Art is good for the soul (even if you are not very good at it)

Ways to help children improve their mental health and well-being

Some of my post contain affiliated links to products where I may receive a small fee if these products are bought.

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Why we should let children make their own choices!

Children should be given freedom to make their own choices (within reason of course) this will help build their character and individuality as well as building confidence.

One of the best ways to do this when they are young is to let them pick their own style of clothes and forget the ‘boy’ ‘girl’ labels that clothes come under. You may still need to advise on what to wear if you are going on smart occasions or if you are undertaking an activity where you have to wear a specific type of clothing but for general day to day wear when not at school let them pick. Even if it is a fairy dress or Spiderman costume what is the harm in letting them go out wearing what they want too.

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Toys are another thing that children should have a choice over, now I don’t mean let them have all the toys that they want but if you are going to get them a new toy let them choose what type of toy they want whether it be a shiny racing car or a barbie doll.

How our children made their own choices!

When Bella was born I did dress her in cute little dresses with quite a bit of pink thrown in. I have never been much of a girly girl myself so when I dressed Bella I wasn’t overboard with the pink and frills but when you have your first born little girl you can’t resist a dress here and there.

Dresses however were short lived for Bella, by the age of 3 she didn’t want to wear them anymore and she chose to live in her jogging bottoms or leggings and a t-shirt these did still have hints of pink and were from the ‘girls’ clothes section.

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When she started nursery all her close friends were boys, who she adored and played with everyday. This is when ‘boys’ clothes started to come in. Her favourite colour was blue, she hated anything pink and girly and she loved Ben 10. We had Ben 10 everything, clothes, toys, watches, bags and even bedspreads. We would watch Ben 10 on repeat everyday, which to be honest I didn’t mind considering the other children’s programs that were about, Ben 10 was actually not that bad ( I secretly enjoyed it just as much as her).

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Her toys have always been varied, from a young age she has had dolls and babies but she has also had cars and dinosaurs, which it was the later she preferred to play with. She loved her cars and still does, when she was small her favourite thing was to line all her cars up and drive them along the flat in formation. We have never tried to influence what she wears or plays with we have just embraced what she has wanted and allow her to be herself.

She went through years of being a ‘tommy boy’ and refused to wear a skirt or dress, at school she wore trousers and as long as she was happy with her chooses so was I. Luckily her school never had a problem with her uniform choice as I have heard on the news some schools have. There is no way I would have made her wear a skirt to school when she didn’t want to (although I have bribed her to wear a dress to a wedding but this is slightly different and a one off). By forcing children to be something they are not we are crushing their personalities and stopping them from discovering for themselves who they really are.

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Now within the last couple of years she has taken a u-turn she is now wearing skirts, lipstick and even carries a handbag something I never thought I would see but again it is her choice and whatever makes her happy. She also picked the most brightest, luminous pink jumper I have ever seen this is something she would have avoided like the plague when she was little.

That brings me on to my second born Lia, as Bella was so anti-dresses I didn’t really bother with any. She still had pink and girly items of clothing but mainly she wore shorts and leggings. As she grew older she found a love for dresses and I don’t mean casual summer dresses, I mean full on party dresses that she would wear everywhere. She would wear them to the park, soft play, the woods, the beach and of course parties. It would not be uncommon to see her in a party dress rocking a pair of welly boots whilst sloshing about in the mud. She loved everything girly, pink and pretty and lived in dresses, she would have slept in her party dresses if I would have let her. Again through no influence from me or her sister she had her own personality that we allowed to shine through.

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Now we skip forwards to a couple of years ago when she found a love for playing football and she would spend a lot of time with the boys at break time playing. It seems the more her love of football grew and the more she played with the boys the less she wore dresses and liked all things pink and girly. It was a slow change over but now she wouldn’t be seen dead in a dress. She regularly calls herself a ‘tom boy’ and picks her t-shirts from the boys section. Even to parties and the school disco’s she won’t wear a dress. She loves her football kits and even sleeps in them sometimes. Although her clothes choice has changed she will still sport red lipstick and nail varnish even when wearing a football kit.

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She loves football so much she joined a girls football team at school where her teacher always tells us how talented she is. She plays football everyday, whether it be with the kids at school, her dad or by herself against the wall she is always practising her skills. Again as long as she is happy with her choices so are we. We will support her with what she wants to do and who she wants to be.

This brings me on to my third child Alexa, she has always had a balance of her clothes and toy choices. She would quite happily wear a pink pretty dress teamed up with her ninja turtle backpack. She would also happily play with a barbie doll and ninja turtle figures together at the same time.

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It is so interesting to see 3 sisters all brought up in exactly the same way but their personalities couldn’t be more different. The only thing that they all seem to love is Lego and Minecraft they could play together for hours with these but everything else between them is different.

Whether they will stay the way they are now or change again who knows but my only concern is that they are happy. I don’t care what they play with or what they wear as long as they are happy with their choices.

Let’s drop the labels and let kids be kids! They are still discovering who they are so let them make choices that will help them define their character.

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The Benefits of a Postcard Collection!

We have discovered that a postcard collection is a great way to install a sense of travel and adventure into children. It also creates a great keepsake for them to look back over and remember all the wonderful places that they have visited.

Whenever you travel somewhere new with children buy them a postcard for their collection and watch it grow and become a book of memories to be treasured.

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I don’t mean just getting postcards when travelling on holiday as we all know how expensive family holidays are and how little we get to go on them.  Travelling and adventure to me is going to any place that you have not been before, whether it be a museum, beach, farm, or gardens as long as it is somewhere new, even if it is just down the road. We have collected postcards from a lot of the national trust places and English heritage places and other attractions that we have visited over the years as well as from our holidays abroad.

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You will find most places sell postcards in the gift shops and they are not expensive either. My children love searching through them to find the one they like the most and taking them home to add in their postcard collection book.

Quite often we will all sit down to look through the book at the different postcards and remember when we visited that place and the fun we had there.

If I am being honest with you all, this collection didn’t start because of the benefits I have mentioned above it all started because postcards were the cheapest thing in the gift shop, that you always have to walk through on your way out of these places. It was easier to bargain with a postcard than to tell them they can’t have anything at all. It was when they had a few and I noticed how excited they were to collect another one and saw them recalling the day they had spent there I realised what a great idea it was and how much it can benefit them.

I found these lovely photo albums in Wilkos for £5.00 that are perfect for fitting postcards in they do have other designs but the world map was fitting with the collection.

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I would urge you all to try this with your children, it is a great keepsake, it gets you all out and about and it is a collection that doesn’t take up too much room.

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