Why allowing your child to use their imagination through creative outlets is important for their development. Gone are the days of exploring outside, riding bikes and building cubby houses with the kids next door. As a mother of 6 children, I have come to realize that technology isn't just robbing us of our time and relationships, it's also stealing our imaginations, and our children are suffering as a result. As a kid, I remember my sister and I taking off on adventures to t
You’re being kicked from the inside and running after another set of little legs on the outside. You’re probably tired, hormonal and a bit over it all, but life must continue as normal. Yep there’s no denying being pregnant the second (or third) time around is very different from the first. And a toddler definitely changes things. Remember your first pregnancy? Even though it was all a bit foreign, you took the time to rest, cleaned only when you had to and just enjoyed (or a
There’s nothing cuter than when your little one flashes you a toothy grin. But that cute image can often turn to tears and frustration (both yours and theirs) at the sight of a toothbrush. If your toddler turns on their heel and runs at the sight of toothpaste and toothbrush, now’s the time to break the habit. Setting up good teeth cleaning habits now, will help when the time comes for your kids to start brushing their teeth on their own, an achievement that will have you all
Stuck for simple yet fun costume ideas for Book Week? Here is an idea that can be modified to suit every personality - Mr Men and Little Miss costumes! All you need is some cardboard, paint, black permanent markers, sharp knife or scissors, tape and some ribbon or string. Most Mr Men characters are just a simple shape with eyes. So once you have your shape drawn and cut out – the hard part is done. Paint and decorate accordingly. Then attach two ribbons to the back so it
Here's another really easy craft activity the whole family can get involved in creating. All you need is an empty egg carton, paint, glue and skewers or pipe cleaners for the stems. Cut the middle of the egg carton as shown in the top left image. This will be the centre of the flower. Then cut out an equal number of 'cup' parts. Paint the individual parts in your desired colours. Once dry, glue the centres (we used split pins to attach them, but this was not necessary).