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As technology has allowed the format of gaming to evolve, with portable devices replacing cumbersome board games, the popularity of games has likewise continued to rise among all ages. However, as with all forms of online interaction, virtual gaming brings with it a number of risks particularly harmful to children, whose inexperience makes them less discriminate regarding the websites they use. Such risks are financial (e.g. accidentally making in-game purchases with real money), electronic (e.g. the spread of malware) and even personal (e.g. befriending strangers on Facebook in order to receive in-game benefits and consequently risking exposure of identifying details).
Fortunately, there are steps parents can take to protect their children. In addition to putting parental locks on devices, removing credit card details from app stores and talking to their children about online safety, they can direct their children towards fun, even educational, games provided by trusted developers. Continue reading »
My three year old’s bedroom has never had a “theme”. But, as we start to look for somewhere more permanent to live, I’ve become a bit obsessed with planning her new bedroom. And it’s all going to start with this piece of beautiful personalised button art from Ella and Oscar.
Arriving in a lovely plain white chunky frame, the letter “F” is made up of gorgeously bright buttons which look stylish and fun. I love the clean white background against the buttons – and Frog loves that she recognises her favourite letter every day when she wakes up. Continue reading »
It sits on the kitchen side, waiting to be filled, this symbolic reminder that my child is no longer a baby. Tomorrow she will take her brand new lunch box packed in her brand new rucksack to a brand new pre-school.
It’s no big deal. Kids start pre-school all the time. She’s been at a childminder’s and then nursery since she was eighteen months old. So why, then, does it feel like such a milestone?
It’s that lunch box. I’m sure of it. Continue reading »
Except it’s not just like that. Some of the days themselves stretched out in a sea of crafting, tantrums and stress over juggling deadlines with parenthood.
But others were blissful. Hazy summer picnics, bike rides, trips to the beach, exploring our new home near Dartmoor. Continue reading »
Being raised my two teacher parents, I used to spend long summer holidays under canvas in France. It was one of the rare times of year I wouldn’t hear my mum and dad moaning about OFSTED or marking and (apart from the odd occasion) I would get along with my little sister really rather well.
One of my favourite things about camping is that you are totally free to look utterly horrendous in public without so much as a raised eyebrow or judgemental frown. Let’s face it, when you’re trudging through a field to brush your teeth and have an emergency wee, matching your shoes with your jumper is not a top priority. Continue reading »
It seems hard to believe that I became a wife two years ago today. So much has happened since our wedding day, but it still feels like it was only last week.
I can remember that day with such clarity; the excitement and anticipation when I woke up in the morning, the lump of emotion that caught in my throat when I put on the wedding dress my mum had made, the look on my dad’s face when he gave his speech.
The thing is, a wedding is about so much more than one day. Our wedding day itself couldn’t have been more perfect, but it’s the last two years being married which have counted for more than any flowers or pretty dresses. Continue reading »
Sometimes you just need to get out of the house, don’t you?
I love the school holidays. LOVE them. But I’ve been guilty this week of looking forward to my teacher husband being back at work so I can crack on and get some work done myself. In peace and quiet. Without a nagging husband or three year old hassling me for things. Today I made a decision to stop attempting the juggle and get out of the house. Continue reading »
Yep – none. Zilch, nada. Not one tiny bit.
In fact, they’re still wrapped up all shiny and new in the box, with the price tag firmly attached. Oops.
The thing is, I really WANT to get fit again. I do. I look down at my rounding tummy and see extra wobbles where there weren’t before and it makes me feel, well, a bit flat. (Not flat in the flat stomach sense of the word, unfortunately.) But I just can’t seem to find the time, energy and motivation to do what it takes to get off my backside. Continue reading »
Do you ever find it’s so much easier to talk, blog or write about this parenting lark when things are going wrong?
I look back at my blog posts and at least 8 out of 10 times, I seem to be writing from a point of moaniness (I may have just made that word up).
Although life is far from blue, inspiration often comes in the form of a tantrum or head-desk moment from my three year old. Knowing there are others who have been there and HATING the thought of being one of *those* boasty parents, these tend to be the situations I’ll share.