Are you going away this summer? Are you also pregnant? No doubt you’re looking forward to one or two weeks of putting your feet up and relaxing by the pool? And why not? We all work hard and when you’re pregnant, relaxation is a must! But what about the flight? Are you prepared for your possible additional needs this year? Fear not. We’ve put together some tips for flying when pregnant, thanks to our lovely followers and fans over on Twitter.

Tips for flying when pregnant~

Before the flight

Preparation is key! As with anything, you will need to be prepared ahead of your flight, so make as many lists as you deem necessary. And don’t forget to refer to them as you pack, and mark off items once they’re done. There’s nothing like a completed checklist for saving your sanity ahead of a big trip!

Loved By Parents (@LovedbyParents) recommends a good night’s sleep ahead of your flight too, which we think is a great idea. If you don’t manage to sleep well on the flight itself, at least you have slept well the night before, and hopefully you can rest once you arrive at your destination. Being rested ahead of the journey also means that you are more likely able to deal well with any potential delays or mishaps- but fingers crossed these don’t occur!

Clare (@AsmilebyPost) adds that it is essential to leave in plenty of time for your flight too. This will save you rushing about and stressing about being late, and will give you extra opportunity to get your feet up in the airport too.

It’s also a good idea to pack as lightly as you can, so that you’re not hauling around a really heavy bag that could cause strain or discomfort. And in case there is nobody to help you, you won’t be struggling to lift and carry too much weight either. Of course, there is nothing wrong with asking for assistance when you fly, so do speak to the airline staff and explain you’re pregnant and would like some help. Beckha (@LoveBeckha) recommends bags on wheels too, so that you don’t need to carry your things at all.

Another good tip is to think about your travel outfit. If you’re going somewhere hot, wear layers that you can strip off when you get there and pack extra water to drink in the airport when you arrive.

Lastly, before you fly it’s a good idea to see your doctor to ensure that you are fit and healthy for the flight. Ask for a letter that confirms this too, so that you are covered in case there are any questions raised at the other end. Check your airline’s policy on flying during pregnancy and make sure that you are within the limits for travel.

On the flight

Pia (@PiaMaria79) says that flight socks are an absolute must when you fly, because the the change in air pressure can cause uncomfortable swelling in some cases. She also recommends drinking plenty of water, and moving around as much as you can.

Flying with baby (@Flyingwithbaby) also recommends stretching and walking around as much as possible, and says that packing an extra cushion is a good idea to provide added back support and comfort if you need to rest.

Don’t be afraid to let the airline staff know that you are pregnant, and ask for as much help, support and extra cushions/ blankets as you need. Comfort is essential during pregnancy, and especially whilst flying. Jai (@KiddyReviews) says there is no need to feel uncomfortable making it known that you are pregnant and in need of various items, so don’t be shy about it!

Sarah (@TobygoesBananas) recommends asking for an aisle seat so that you can escape to the loo easily when you need to- fab advice!

Dealing with sickness

If you’re flying whilst in the throws of morning sickness, it’s a good idea to plan ahead of your journey as much as you can. If sitting by a window helps, then request a seat change if needs be. Keep hydrated as much a you can, and if you are likely to vomit ask to be seated by the bathroom if possible. Vicki (@ElliebearBabi) says that when she has travelled during pregnancy, she has always ensured that she has plenty of mints with her to ease symptoms of sickness, so make sure you’re armed with all the necessities that help to make you feel more comfortable.

When you arrive

Take your time. Don’t rush to collect your bags and if you can, sit down if the queues for passport control are long. Keep water with you as it is bound to be hot at the other end, and if you’ve worn layers now is the time to start stripping to keep as cool as you can. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

And relax- you’re on holiday!

Sophie La Giraffe and Cuddledry Giveaway

This week we are running a huge giveawaybundle with Sophie La Giraffe! Along with a Cuddledry Apron Towel (giraffe print of course!), we have body oil, baby lotion and hair and body wash from Sophie as well as an original Sophie teether, all worth £90!

Born in France in 1961, Sophie La Giraffe is now a well-known and much-loved gift for newborns and babies. Slender, flexible, and soft, baby can squeeze and chew her in complete safety. Since then the company has expanded into cosmetics and now offer a range of organic skincare for babies delicate skin. Gentle and nourishing, these products are made especially for baby’s skin.

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Bath time is the perfect way to end the day for anyone, but particularly for a baby. Many families use this part of their daily routine, and many babies see is as an essential sleep cue too, knowing that after bath comes sleep. Not only that, but the warm water helps to relax and soothe baby ready for the night ahead, which makes the whole ritual of a bath indispensable for so many. But water is also fun. When baby discovers splashing the fun factor intensifies and before you know it you have a situation on your hands! How to keep bath time as a relaxing and soothing experience ahead of bed time, without taking away essential learning and inevitable fun? Here are some tried and tested tips for a relaxing bath routine.

Tips for a relaxing bath routine~

Let them play

We’ve already written about the fun that can be had at bath time, and if you’re looking for some serious wind down time, you might not want to try all the ideas in that post! But there is no reason why you can’t still add in some toys for gentle stimulation. Babies learn through play- as we all do to some extent no matter what our age- and so a few well chosen toys in the tub won’t hurt at all. Play helps to relieve stress and makes baby a lot more receptive to new situations too. Choose toys that are not noisy and that don’t require a lot of activity; toys that baby can gently explore are perfect, so waterproof bath books and plastic model boats are perfect for the more relaxing bath.

Add something soothing to the water

Be mindful of what you add as you don’t want to irritate delicate skin. Some bath products have been specially designed for bedtime baths and contain lavender to help relax and soothe. You could also add 2-3 drops of lavender oil to the water to create a soothing bath too. Mixed with chamomile oil, this helps with minor skin complaints such as eczema too.

Play some soft music

Babies respond well to music, and have done since they were in the womb. Soft, gentle music can also help to create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere  but make sure the volume is low.

Have everything ready

Don’t start scrambling around for nappies and towels at the end of a relaxing bath, as this can bring the mood right down and get baby worked up. Make sure you have everything ready before baby gets in, or ask a partner to get the things ready for you. Place your towel on a warm radiator so that you can wrap baby up nice and cosy afterwards too. Leading to our next tip…

Choose your towel carefully

One of the reasons why we are so proud of the Cuddledry apron towel. When you are ready to take baby out of the bath, there is no need for slippery shenanigans that often occur, and baby will not get cold or distressed either. You wear the Cuddledry towel like an apron so that you can gently lift baby from the bath and hold him/ her close. Then wrap baby in the soft, warm towel and enjoy a cuddle. What a perfect way to end a perfect bath.

Get baby dressed in a warm, quiet roomTop tips for a relaxing bath routine~

If there isn’t enough room in the bathroom, move slowly to another room to dress baby. This room should be dimly lit, warm and quiet. If you’re using a Cuddledry towel, all you need to do is un-popper the towel from you and lay baby down gently, still wrapped up snug and warm. The towels are made from bamboo and cotton and are double layered, so slightly thicker than normal towels and highly absorbent. You may find baby is already dry, but pat gently in case. Then dress, quickly but gently. Hopefully the transition from bath to bedroom has not disturbed the relaxed mood you’ve created!

Baby massage

This can be a wonderful addition to your bedtime routine and is best done after the bath. Read our guest post from Mumma Love Organics for fantastic baby massage tips.

End with a story or a lullaby

Depending on your routine (baby may have a feed before or after the bath), end your day with a short story or a gentle lullaby. Baby won’t mind whether or not you can sing in tune!

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Next week is National Baby Massage Week, and to celebrate we have a guest post from Samantha, creator of Mumma Love Organics, a family run business “based on three simple steps: Comfort, Settle and Sleep.” Mumma Love Organics specialise in products that have been designed to soothe delicate baby skin, and are perfect for use in baby massage. Today Samantha shares her tips and tricks to make baby massage a part of your daily routine with baby.

The wonders of baby massge~

Ask anyone that has had a decent massage, how they feel afterwards and the words they tend to share are ‘amazing’ ‘relaxed’ and ’soothed’. The human body is made up of millions of nerve endings that respond positively to the power of touch, and babies are no different. Studies have shown that massage releases oxytocin hormones in the body that make us feel happy and safe, and so these sensations can work wonders for a baby that is feeling unsettled or irritable. Babies also tend to develop a heightened awareness during a massage, that helps to strengthen the bond between parent and child too.

If you’re interested in trying baby massage as part of your bedtime/ bathtime routine, here are my tips and tricks to get you started:

Have everything ready for your massage session

  • Dim the lights and play music softly to create a calming atmosphere.
  • Gather all your equipment together: nappy changing items, massage oil and a change of clothes.
  • Spread your Cuddledry baby change mat liner on your bed (or changing table, or wherever else you intend to massage your baby) so that baby has something soft to lie on.
  • Talk to your baby softly, making sure you explain what you are going to do. Just as you would an adult, you need to tell your baby you are going to be touching body parts and making sure that he/ she is prepared.

Once you have everything set up, you are ready to begin! The best time to do baby massage is right after bath time, as baby will be relaxed and skin will be softer too. Start by:

  • Gently stroking the legs. This body part is often best to start with as babies are used to legs being touched during nappy changes. Tell you baby you are going to massage his/ her legs and do so with soft, slow strokes. Use a massage oil that you have warmed in your hands first.
  • Move on to the arms, tummy and chest area, making sure each time that you explain what you are going to do next.
  • Keep an eye on baby for any reaction to the massage. Stop immediately if baby appears distressed or irritable.
  • Talk gently to your baby and even sing if it helps to relax.

The wonders of baby massageThe wonders of baby massge~

Baby massage has so many benefits! Not only is it a wonderful way to wind down after a busy day, but it provides the ideal opportunity for you and baby to connect, and to form a lasting parent-child bond. As part of your regular bathtime routine,  baby massage can help to:

  • increase blood flow and improve oxygen levels to the brain.
  • promote deeper, calmer sleep – great news for parents with a fussy baby!
  • encourage babies to form a sense of trust.
  • improve symptoms of postnatal depression- experience of the child’s non verbal cues has been shown to be particularly helpful to mothers, who tend to benefit from greater levels of eye contact and to gain confidence from the physical and emotional interaction.
  • improve minor skin complaints such as eczema.
  • improve weight gain- studies have shown that low birth weight and premature babies show an encouraging increase in weight from the physical contact.

At the end of your baby massage session, don’t forget to thank your baby- wrap him/ her in their favourite Cuddledry apron towel and enjoy a warm hug to finish the session. For more information on baby massage techniques, you can also speak to your health visitor for details on special courses that you can attend together. You can also access instructional videos on the Mumma Love Organics site here and purchase Mumma Love Organics baby massage oil here. Good luck- and enjoy!

It’s something that comes to all parents at one time or another- potty training. It can be a source of frustration, despair and endless worry. OR it can be easy as pie- a breeze. It depends on how ready your child is and how relaxed you can afford to be. While there is no ‘one rule fits all’ and, indeed, no ideal age to potty train, there are signs that you can look out for to see whether or not your little one is ready, and lots that you can do to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. Take a look at our potty training checklist- we hope it helps!

Potty training checklist~

Is your child ready?

You might be ready to ditch the nappies and move on to big pants, but that does not necessarily mean that your child is ready. If you try to potty train before your little one is ready, you may find the whole process is a lot longer and far more stressful than is necessary-  there are certain physical and emotional developments that need to happen for your child to be able to make the step from potty to pants. There are signs to look out for that can help you to decide:

  • does your child tell you when her nappy is wet or soiled?
  • does your child take off their nappy by themselves?
  • does your child show an interest in the potty/ toilet when other family members use the bathroom?
  • is your child’s nappy dry in the morning?
  • does your child tell you that she needs the toilet/ potty?

How to get started

As with any aspect of parenting, there is no right or wrong way- whatever works for you and your family is best. Many experts do agree, however, that when you potty train it is best to take away the nappies and introduce proper underwear from day one. Once your child is in knickers rather than nappies, it is easier for her to realise when she is wet (if she has an accident) and easier for her to make the association between wearing knickers and going to the toilet. Swapping from nappies to knickers throughout the day can be confusing, and staying in nappies whilst you train even more so- your child is used to ‘going’ in her nappy so won’t necessarily see the need to use the toilet. To help your child transition from nappies you can:

  • let them help to choose new underwear
  • help them to decide where to keep their potty and make sure that they are able to get it by themselves
  • praise,praise, praise. Tell your little one how grown up she is by using the toilet/ potty. Many experts advise against rewarding for using the potty, but you can always let your child know that you are pleased at their efforts!

To stay in or not to stay in?

This is another debatable point where potty training is concerned. Some parents set aside a week in their diary and stay around the house as much as possible so that they are close to the toilet and so that accidents are kept to a minimum. Some parents prefer to leave the house armed with all the essentials they need- spare clothes, wipes, potties/ toilet seats etc. It is up to you and what works for you.

Potty or toilet?

Again, this depends on you and your child. Some parents find that potties are more handy as they are portable and less daunting to smaller children at first. Some parents buy special seats that fit on top of normal toilet seats so that their child can use the toilet like the rest of the family. If you do go for potty, bare in mind that eventually your child will need to learn to use the toilet too.

It may be Spring, but that doesn’t always mean warm sunshine and dry land when you live in the UK! But why let that stop you? Recent studies have proven that children need at least 15 minutes of outdoor play every single day, and let’s face it- they don’t tend to mind a spot of rain, do they? So if you’re looking for excuses, look elsewhere. These tips for outdoor play have been designed to inspire you to get those wellies on and get out and play!

Tips for outdoor play~

Why outdoor play is so important

Being outdoors has so many benefits for children (and adults too!) and these are just a few of them:

  • Vitamin D. Being outside boosts the intake of the vitamin we need to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. For growing children getting enough is essential!
  • Gross motor skills. Children need to learn how to run, jump, climb, kick balls and pedal pedals. Being outdoors promotes gross motor skills and gives children wide open spaces to exert themselves.
  • Fitness. Give a child an open space and that child will run! Being outdoors promotes a healthier lifestyle for our children and boosts fitness levels too.
  • Knowledge of the world around us. Being outdoors is a wonderful learning experience for children, and an opportunity for them to use their senses to explore. Just being in green spaces boosts a child’s knowledge, but also being able to investigate new surroundings has huge impacts on learning too.

So now that you know how important being outdoors is, here are some tips to getting out there and playing!

  • Make sure you have appropriate clothing. The UK is not known for it’s warm weather all year round, and we do tend to get a lot of rain too. So make sure you have thick waterproofs and welly boots to hand at all times. As they say- there is no such thing as poor weather, just poor clothing!
  • Make outdoor play a natural part of playtime. Don’t make a big deal out of going out to play- it doesn’t need to be planned, or something to ‘get over and done with’. As soon as you view being outdoors as part of everyday life, the easier it will become.
  • Indulge in your child’s interests. If they love creepy crawlies, go on a bug hunt. If climbing is their thing, find a good, solid tree and see how they go. Take a picnic to the park, and bring teddies to make it extra special.
  • Take the paints outside. Outdoor art is a wonderful way to get kids creative and you won’t even notice you’re outsideTips for outdoor play- take the paints outside~ Cuddledry.comonce you get going! Another plus is that the house stays clean too…
  • Clean the car. A simple, yet wonderful sensory experience for children. And you get a clean car in the process. Result!
  • Go for a walk. Take bikes, prams, scooters or just little legs. Where you go doesn’t really matter- take a letter to pop in the post box? Buy a comic from the newsagent?- but once you’re walking and breathing fresh air the world is your oyster!
  • Take an empty bag with you. Sounds strange, but you’ll notice that children like to collect things when they’re out and about. Let them find brightly coloured leaves, oddly shaped stones and smooth, round rocks. Let them collect their treasures!
  • Run. Yes, you too. Get outside, get the endorphins flowing. Take a ball, or a skipping rope, or just run. Get the heart pumping and enjoy being outdoors!

The best thing about being outdoors in cold or rainy weather can sometimes be coming back inside again. Make sure you have some warm milk or hot chocolate to hand, and wrap cold children in a snuggly Cuddledry to warm up… until the next outdoor adventure!

Bath time doesn’t always have to be at the end of the day. Of course, a bath is an integral part of most bedtime routines for many families, but sometimes it can be fun to make a splash at other times too! Water play is a wonderful sensory experience for babies and toddlers and if the weather is not permitting, why not bring it inside? The bathroom is the ideal place and so we’ve put together some tips and ideas for making bath time fun!

Make bath time fun~

  • Create a colour themed bath. This can be as simple or as extravagant as you like. Colours are a great way to add a fun element to bath time, and all you need is to collect toys of the same colour, add a few drops of food colouring to the bath and you’re set!
  • Make the water glow! Submersible lights are a wonderful way to transform any bath tub. You can buy various types quite cheaply and the colour changing versions make for a rather magical experience. If you can, close the blinds and turn out the lights too so that your little one can enjoy the experience to its full potential.
  • Cook up a storm! Kitchen utensils such as wooden spoons, colanders and whisks don’t need to be restricted to the kitchen. Encourage imaginative play and introduce them to bath time instead. Perhaps your little one will create a bubbly feast for a king?  Or a magical potion for fairies? The possibilities are endless.
  • Give dolly a bath. Children love to role play and bath time is a great opportunity for you to encourage self care. If you have a baby doll that can go in the bath, bring her in and let your little one take turns to wash her hair and body.
  • Let them paint! If paintbrushes and all the paraphernelia that goes with it sends shivers down your spine, why not bring it into the bath instead? You can buy specific bath crayons and paints, or you can bring small pots of washable paint into the bathroom instead- it depends how brave you are! The best thing about this activity is that your little one gets to express himself, and you get to hose him down afterwards!
  • Play sink or float. Let your little one help you to find waterproof objects and take turns to guess which ones will sink and which will float.
  • Make paper boats- and sail them. Simple fun!
  • Add some ice! Add a few drops of food colouring to the water before you freeze it, then pop them into the bath for theMake bath time fun~ cuddledry.comlittle ones to chase! Once melted, the water will change colour- and you can have a chat about why the ice melted too.

All of the above can be done during the usual bath time if you prefer, but if you know that your little one needs extra wind downtime after activities like this, then you might want to choose a different time instead. As always, make sure you supervise little ones at all times, and don’t forget to wrap them up warm in their Cuddledry towels afterwards!

What are your little one’s favourite bath time activities?

OK, it’s time to ‘fess up.

Have you ever dressed up your baby as a bunny? Ever squeezed them into an adorable monkey suit or drawn whiskers on them with a Sharpie while they slept?*

As parents, we seem to have a growing obsession with dressing up our kids as animals. Chubby babies and toddlers are adorable enough at the best of times but add in costumes, face paints and funny ears and it’s all just too darn cute.

Retailers have seized upon this fetish of course and it’s possible to get just about any animal theme that takes your fancy. For less than $40 you can even dress your baby as a lobster, courtesy of Annie’s Costumes.

Feeling the chill this winter? Never fear – animal hats are here! You can keep your toddler’s head toasty and make them look like a bear, all at the same time.

We are not in a position to judge of course – we are all about the animals with our toddler towels. Our Cuddlemoos come complete with tiny cow horns and our Snuggle Monkey even has a tail. It doesn’t get much cuter than a toddler with a tail.

But what is it about tiny people dressed as animals that sends our hearts and tummies all a flutter? We wouldn’t actually want a live monkey wreaking havoc in the bathroom, drinking the organic body wash and drawing on the tiles with toothpaste, so why is it so cute to play dress-up with our little ones?

On the flip side of course, there are lots of people who like dressing up their animals as people. There is nothing quite as adorable as a guinea pig in a hat.

*That one might just be me.

By Jo Middleton aka Slummy single mummy

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I’m not very good at shopping. I’d go so far as to say I’m utterly hopeless. In fact, I’m a man shopper …….– ok, maybe not that bad. On the rare (VERY rare) occasions that I actually do remember birthdays, it’s usually on the day of, and too late to organise something to be sent – whether it’s going down the road or to Australia (thank god for Moonpig). Christmas therefore, is on a whole other plane for me – my norm is to not even think about it, then one day one of those glossy has-everything-you-can-dream-of-for-Christmas gift magazines arrives through the mail, and this time it doesn’t go directly into the recycling – this time I tick a load of boxes and have the entire lot shipped in one or two (let’s be honest – four or five) boxes. The gifts arrive and can then be divvied up, albeit it in a completely different way to the original gift plan as I have no idea by then which thing I ordered for which person as I placed the order eons ago (two days), usually resulting in several “spares” which no doubt were VERY important at the time of purchase, but now, homeless – they go into “the spare present box” under the bed in the guest room. And please, I beg you all – please don’t buy any Christmas presents for me – there will be lots of opportunity to buy me something I actually want as I do need stuff throughout the year – no need to buy me piles of unnecessary (and therefore unwanted) kit just because someone said I have to have my year’s allocation of stuff on one single day…. Hhmmm – too Ba Humbug? Well it is only October!
I actually LOVE giving people presents – and I especially love giving people things I know they are going to go mad for. That’s something else I’m hopeless at. If I see something amazing that I know someone will absolutely love, I have to buy it for them there and then, but then I can’t wait to give it to them. My only hope is to buy it and hide it in the spare room and hope I forget about it (potentially for years – I’ve done that too) – because if I remember it, I will give it to that person the very next moment I see them – I can’t contain myself. Maybe that’s why I feel so pressured at Christmas – I’ve already given them the really good stuff and am left with buying last minute tat for the sake of having something to open on Christmas day. So, I thought I’d find a load of fabulous stuff NOW that is great Christmas, make a list, and buy it all nearer the time. Everything on my list is going to be different, unique, and beautiful, and it has to be something that will last – because I’d never knowingly contribute to the nations’ horrific disposable culture. Something they’ll keep and think “Polly bought that for me” in a fond reminiscent way, as opposed to the way we think about the various “useful gadgets” given to us by our mother in law currently filling various landfills around the globe (that’s the gadgets, not the mothers in law…).
So I’m going to write some items that have made my list so far….
The Best Christmas Present in the World by Michael Morpurgo (plus all his other childrens stories) – these stories are SO lovely and the illustrations are just gorgeous – really beautiful books for precious people.
Funky Veg Kit by Plant Theatre – hilarious – let your child grow their own purple carrots and red brussel sprouts – what’s not to love?!!!
“I’m As Big As” Height Chart by Luckies of London A brilliant idea – imagine how excited your child will be when they are as big as Napoleon!
BIRD NEST BOX with WEB CAMERA from Birdboxview – an essential experience for the whole family – watch the magical moments when baby birds are born (ok hatch – but bbb sounds better – see ) – every child will be filled with wonder. A lovely present making memories to last a lifetime.
Kids Swimming Bag – Pink Shark – a big bag of fun for your kids – they’ll be envy of the swimming pool changing JIP @ WOWOOO

Cuddledry dress up toddler towels – choose from a cow, giraffe, dragon, monkey, rabbit or reindeer!!! These scrumptious towels are fun to dress up in, as well as being the softest, warmest and most practical towels available. They’ll need one each though as they all want one after bath or swim time. Happy children and happy parents too.
Mommy And Baby Ragdolls
by Lola Smith Designs. As a mother of three girls, I know how some little girls love their dollies. Ragdolls don’t tend to look like they’ve been in a tragic road accident with limbs falling off and eyes rolling around in sockets after a few weeks. Plus they get to keep their clothes on – bonus! This one caught my eye because it comes with a little girl of it’s own – for perfect role play.
Tumbled Gemstones in a pouch
by Junior Geo. I know all three of my girls will be fighting over these “precious jewels”!!! So I plumped for the biggest bag ! Ideal for pirates swag bag too I thought!
Blinkies- 3 Character Multipack by Konfidence. Everyone loves these – the best bath toy ever! Also DiveStiks by Konfidence – take these on holiday and you will be assured of hours of peaceful relaxation by the pool as your little ones spend HOURS fetching and throwing these clever dive sticks.
Wheelybugs from Hippychick. A classic must have. Wooden floors preferable ! Also Moover dolls pram from Hippchick – absolutely gorgeous little pram for little girls who love their dollies.

So how many of you have now gone stark raving bonkers as a swarm of children (most of whom you have no idea who owns them) charge all around your house leaving toys, clothing (mostly all their clothing) including underwear, bits of lego and other tiny items that hurt like hell when you stand on them, and essential pieces from expensive games that will never be the same again, torturing the pets and eating everything in sight. As you tune out to the sound of thundering feet and shaking ceilings and cries of “I’m starving!!” and he said this, or she said that when they turn up in tears (and possibly blood) with hideous cuts and bruises you have to explain to parents later. You want to scream AARRRGGGGHHHH and make them all go away, but instead you take another deep breath and say calmly (between gritted teeth) “don’t worry – we’ll put a plaster on it – and besides, you’ve still got your other arm….”
Or is it just me?
My children go to the local primary school so they have just over 5 weeks off – but some kids have up to 8 weeks off – “remember that and be grateful” I keep telling myself! So what do you DO with your children all day without resorting to the big black flatscreened childminder in the living room? (come on – we ALL do that!!).
Yesterday they were farmed out to a local school to do “sports” all day. They were shattered when I picked them up at 3pm and harldy said a word – brilliant. I even convinced the chap in charge that my 3 year old was 4 – “I am fooo-er” she told him deadly seriously with a look that said “if you challenge me on this matter I will scream all day louder than a speaker at Glastonbury, at a pitch that will make your ears bleed – and they will have to take you away in an ambulance”. Today they are at a “fun day” so they are sticking, glueing, painting, cutting, colouring, playing games, dancing and whatever else little girls like to do – fingers crossed for more exhaustion later. My bank manager loses sleep over the cost of these things…. Or should that be me? And tomorrow I’m literally farming them out – ie, to a friends farm. She also has 3 children so soon her 300 year old walls will be shaking to their foundations …. Of course, she can send them outside to play… they are currently combining – what could possibly go wrong?!

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