• Check on me in five minutes - how we are getting round a sudden fear of the dark
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    Check on me in 5 minutes, ok? – How we’re getting round a sudden fear of the dark

    Spike has never been scared of the dark. She always went to bed in a dark room with the door open a tiny bit, with the landing light turned down low. It’s never been an issue. Until now.  Starting school, moving house, who knows A fear of the dark came about in early September. It coincided with starting school, but we also moved house 3 weeks previously. So it could have been caused by either thing, or neither. Everything I’ve read says that 4 year olds can often suddenly develop an irrational fear of the dark, which apparently goes with time in most cases.  Bedtime stalling I’ve written before about…

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    “I just want a crown please…. And a new fairy skirt” – Gift guide for an unusual four year old

    My child doesn’t follow any rules. She likes what she likes, does what she wants and is as stubborn as a mule. She loves going out and about and will find fun and excitement in anything. Tonight it was a snail shell found on the back doorstep. Which has gone to bed with her. Let’s hope there’s no snail still in it!  Due to this, it’s proven quite difficult for us to decide what to get her for her 4th birthday… don’t get me started on the fact she’s turning 4, I’m in bits. There’s nothing she needs, and not a great deal she’s taken a keen interest in. The…

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    Learning to read – Watching Spike learn to read through phonics

    Last week I really enjoyed sitting down with Spike to read a storybook. She’d picked this particular book up off the shelf at home and asked to take it to Grandma’s with her so I told her to put it in the bag without really looking at which book it was. Ant and Bee, a learning to read book The book in question was Ant and Bee. A lovely book blogger friend sent me it when I had Spike saying it helped her to read and thought it would be nice for Spike. It introduces simple words starting with each letter of the alphabet and puts those words into a…

  • Baby,  Toddler

    How we’ve ditched the dummy – and all of Spike’s excuses for not sleeping since

    Around 18 months ago I spoke about ditching the dummy. Spike had just turned two and we’d managed to get her to only have her dummy at nap and bedtimes. I thought it would be a few months or so after that when she gave it up completely. But I was wrong. Bedtime dummy Spike transitioned well from having her dummy all the time to just having it at bed and nap times. There were a few meltdowns but all in all within a week she was fine. However whenever I tried to get her to sleep without it all hell broke loose. It was only when she was that…

  • Technology,  Toddler

    ‘Hey Siri! Play me Bing!’ – How my child talks to technology

    Its a weird world we live in isn’t it? Talking to technology has become a reality for many of us, with “Alexa” that and “Hey Siri” this. I took it in my stride and thought nothing of it when it all started, but when Spike started following suit it made me laugh. Talking to technology is something that isn’t going to go away. In fact its going to become part of everyday life more and more. It’s becoming more ingrained into everything we do with every new device that comes out and for the most part it helps. It is a bit of a novelty for us, but its completely…

  • Picture of Spike at Lowther Castle with caption Fun at Lowther Castle - Days out in the Cumbrian Countryside
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    Days out in the North West – fun at Lowther Castle

    I first came across Lowther Castle on Facebook. I stumbled upon it, I’m not sure how. The reason it caught my eye was the epic play area, but more on that later. As soon as I heard about it, I wanted to visit. So where better to spend my 30th birthday? Deciding to visit Lowther Castle is a good hour and a half from our house. So I knew we’d need to clear a day out completely for our visit. I knew it was probably a bit too much for a weekend jaunt out. It was more of a special occasion type trip, which is why I thought I’d save…

  • Nursery,  Toddler

    Stress, tiredness and a sad Spike – Our latest experience moving rooms at Nursery

    Moving rooms at Nursery is hard work for some kids. Spike is in a relatively small nursery. There are three main rooms baby, toddler and preschool. Having been in the same nursery since 9 months old, Spike has now moved nursery rooms twice, once from baby to toddler room, and recently from toddler to preschool. Moving rooms at Nursery Obviously the main reason they move kids from one room to the next is because of the educational learning possibilities vary by age. Spike’s nursery has three rooms but others may have more, some even may have none. I believe its rare for a nursery to be one large age range,…

  • potty training,  Toddler

    I need a weeeeee! – Potty training update #3

    Spike starting potty training back in January and I wrote about it here, and a bit here. But I haven’t given a full update since and I thought it was about time, now that she’s now dry through the night and rarely has any accidents anymore. Quick results We decided to do the quick change thing of going cold turkey with nappies from the start. Spike was only wearing nappies for bed from day 1 and she did really well, really quickly. Within a few weeks there were no accidents and she was telling us without being reminded about going to the potty. Night time potty training One night, between…

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    There’s nothing like leaving it to the last minute – Planning a party

    Spike turned 3 recently, and we booked a local play centre for her party lsat weekend. Bad move, as we should have foreseen this beautiful weather and stolen the Mother In Law’s back garden like we did the year Spike turned 1… Darnit! With the party booked months ago, the actual date has crept up on me quite quickly. I only realised the other day that if I didn’t get my finger out and buy some decorations, we would be sat in a very bland party room. Theme ideas So the weekend before last was spent trying to figure out what theme to go for. This is very important for…

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    Clothes shopping for Spike – Bending the gender stereotype rules

    We delved into the deepest darkest part of town last weekend, Primark! I say this because our local Primark is like a jumble sale. Its horrible, with clothes thrown everywhere and people getting in your way constantly. We got round this a little by visiting between 10:30 and 11am on a Sunday morning – when you can’t even buy anything. It helped. There were far fewer people in there than there normally are and Spike was still happy at that time of the day. We hit the grown up section first, with me grabbing new leggings and a skirt as quickly as I could before she started moaning. I picked…