The Importance of Play for Children

This is Halloween! What makes Halloween Great?

My son may be young but already things like Birthday’s, Christmas, and Halloween have made a big impression on him. He is excited about all things Halloween at the moment, especially the pumpkins. So, what is it that makes Halloween great? Halloween costumes When I was a kid, we were aware of Halloween, but it wasn’t really such a big deal, most costumes (if you even bothered to wear a costume) were a mixture between a few things bought in

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Stimulate Your Little Ones Senses With Sensory Play

I must admit, I (thought I) knew nothing about sensory play before I had my son. It wasn’t on my radar and I didn’t really know it was a thing. So, imagine my surprise when I was pregnant to hear people going on about sensory play, sensory tables/ boards, baby sensory, toddler sense, and many of the other sensory things out there. What is sensory play? Sensory play is a term used for activities which allow a child the opportunity

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Mum Guilt – Parenting Is Hard And It’s Ok To Admit That

This is a topic that is very close to my heart because initially I was almost ashamed by how hard I found being a mum. I was surrounded by people who made parenting look like a piece of cake, and even worse they seemed to be enjoying every single moment. I felt so inadequate compared to them, what was wrong with me? Why was I finding parenting easy? Why wasn’t I enjoying every single minute? Then I found other, who

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The Magic Of Pretend Toys

Pretend toys are wonderful, they allow children the opportunity to mimic the adults they see in their life. A toy kitchen for example allows children to recreate actions they see their parents and other adults do numerous times a day. They can make their parents a meal, pretend to run a café, or they can even host a cooking show. The Benefits of pretend toys and imaginary play Imaginative play gives children the opportunity to explore, identify, and understand the

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Lego Sales Are Falling! Are We Coming To The End Of Traditional Toys?

I must admit, even in my personal life I do not really comment a great deal on news articles, I am generally someone who keeps my thoughts and opinions to myself. This site, if nothing else, has become a little bit of an outlet to a subject that dominates a huge part of my life. I was not going to write about this at first but it seemed kind of relevant to the direction this website is going, plus I

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Boys Toys, Girls Toys, Or Gender Neutral?

There has been a huge debate in the press regarding gender. It is not surprising really, as a look at any shop targeted at babies/ children will show a clear divide between girl’s things and boy’s things. However, is this really a bad thing? My experience of girl/ boy things I remember as a child that there were clear defined ideas as what is for boys and what is for girls. I also remember that just because something was intended

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Mum Guilt Vs Going To Work

I have touched on mum guilt before in a previous post. However, in this one I am going to tackle the big one, work. Whether or not you return to work can feel like an impossible choice. For many there is no choice, we have to work in order to provide for our families. Whatever your personal situation, there can be times where it feels like whatever you decide it’ll be wrong. So, when are you going back to work?

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Which Is Better? Structured Play Or Unstructured Play?

When it comes to play, play, and development, there is a lot of debate around which is better for children, structured play or unstructured play. Should we allow our children the opportunity to play how they like or should we be providing them with constant activities to stimulate their mind? On a personal level my son will always pick unstructured play, he is a lot better at doing unstructured activities but he is at his happiest being left to his

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Childfree Time vs. Mum Guilt

If you frequent any of the various mum groups available then you will know that this topic crops up quite a lot. To be honest, mum guilt could probably be a topic all on its own! Spending time away from out children is just one of the many things that mums (or parents) have to feel guilty about! There are many reasons why we need to spend time away from our children, work is probably the biggest reason (again this

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The Pros And Cons Of Screen Time

Screen time is a big subject, slowly but surely technology is taking over our life. You walk the streets and you will see loads of people looking at screens. As I type this both my husband and I are looking at screens, plus we have a third screen on which we are both ignoring.   Screens are absolutely everywhere. So is it any wonder that our children want to stare at screens as well? Are there any benefits to screens?

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