Mouse Hunt

Searching for a little mouse in a beautiful wilderness… We are lucky enough to have the most incredibly creative, imaginative and playful activity group locally called Playcircle, whose drop-in play sessions, story sessions, seasonal parties, and now even a mini summer festival, are filled with glorious singing, music, songs, crafts and activities. Run by lovely mummies…

Best Foot Forward

Five of the Best Shoes for Little Feet Buying shoes for your children is usually a painful process – first there’s the ongoing, astronomical cost for something they’ll grow out of in five seconds. Followed by the strange penchant for the high street brands (Clarks I’m looking at you here) to design clumpy, ugly footwear…

If you go down to the woods today…

Getting muddy at Forest School… We have spent some lovely mornings recently at a local Forest School, a really fantastic way to get your children outside and into nature, learning little things along the way and embracing the liberating freedom of muddy hands and hide and seek among the trees. Of course, you’re still dealing…

Thank you for not sharing….

As your children start to get older, and begin to really interact with their little friends, so too comes the inevitable minefield that is ‘proper behaviour’ – most specifically sharing and playing nicely – and all the adult expectations that come along with it. Sharing is one of the most challenging things I’ve come up against as…

Snow Day

It makes me sad that in nearly three years this is only the second time that Munchkin has seen snow. And certainly the first time it has settled and been worthy of a snowball or two. I worry about global warming and the weather changing and how much wetter and warmer it is. I don’t…

Surviving the moment…

Man, I have really sucked at parenting recently. About three weeks ago, my adorable toddler – a sunny delight to all she met – went to bed as normal. And what woke up the next morning was a screaming, kicking, raging beast that looked at a lot like Munchkin, but in no way at all…

Stop being childish…?

Sometimes, when you’re talking to your children, it’s easy to use certain phrases that you hear every day or have heard other parents use, without really thinking about them. I can often be talking to Munchkin and say something, that, with hindsight, was completely stupid, unhelpful, misleading, confusing or plain daft. Phrases, sentences, questions come…

Turning Two…

Munchkin’s second birthday on 24 June was rather eclipsed by the shocking Brexit result, and some torrential rain that put a major damper on our ‘summer party in the garden’ ideas. A last minute dash to our beautiful village hall, coupled with some miracle-work by friends and family saved the day, and Munchkin was the…

Taking a Different Approach to Tantrums….

Munchkin will be two in a few weeks, and there’s been a definite shift in the last few months  from a  developing baby who is learning about the world around her, to a little person who is starting to understand the impact she can have on the world around her. Her sense of discovery and development is…

Hide & Seek…

Or, 24 things I have had to hide from my toddler today… So, we are at the Beady Little Eyes phase of toddlerdom at the moment. Munchkin wants everything all the time, even at the most inopportune moment, naturally – and has developed a razor-sharp sniper vision for spotting some teeny-weeny corner of something she simply-must-have-right-now-absolutely-now-or-the-whole-world-will-implode….

Toddler Trail…

Last week, Munchkin and I headed over to Dyrham Park with friends for one of their weekly Toddler Trails – a free event for the under 5s during term time, featuring activities, crafts, songs and discovery in the Park’s glorious gardens. After negotiating our way down the very steep slope from the car park, in…

Cow girl…

A spontaneous moment with the cows… One of the (many) things I love about living in the country, is how close and accessible nature is. Munchkin is mad for animals at the moment – especially farmyard ones. And cows are a particular favourite. Near us, Minchinhampton Common is a piece of common land where cows…