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The Mind Boggle Of Parenting

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I bought all the baby books when I was pregnant first time round,  books on baby sleep, development, feeding, potty training, you name it, I have them gathering dust on a book shelf! I read through them, read the mum blogs, the mum forums and thought I was ready! I now have a 3 year old that wakes at 6am, didn't sleep through the night until she was 18 months and still takes a nap! I have a 13 month old that wakes at night, still needs that night feed and a lot of the time refuses to go back to sleep.

So between the books, the forums, the blogs, mummy friends, work colleagues and my own mother here is the advice I got…..and I'm still none the wiser!

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The Importance Of Workplace Health & Wellbeing

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*A contribution post to the Workplace eBook from  Furniture at Work.

 

Workplace health is a comprehensive and integrated approach to health which focuses on the general population at a workplace and the organization as a whole. It addresses a broad range of health issues including physical and psychosocial, environment, health practices, personal resources, etc. through programs, policies and practices.

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50 Reasons For Toddler Tantrums…….You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

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The terrible twos were a breeze in comparison to the "Terrorist Threes", I thought we had got away with public displays of emotional turmoil, but no! We are in full-on tantrum mode here when things don't go my 3 year olds way! The slightest thing could upset her! 

 

I have wrote a list below of what exactly upsets our toddlers, things that can make them literally flip from Angel to Devil in milliseconds, with contributions from other mum’s of “sweet” toddlers. While not all mine, I I can nod at them all and hope you have a good light hearted laugh while reading……because if we don't laugh at these tantrums, they really could send us over the edge 😉

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Adding Space To Your Home

When it comes to home improvement there are two main ways to increase the size of your home. One is through adding a conservatory, patio or ground floor extension, the other is to utilise all that attic space you have in which you’ve stored boxes you don’t even look at from year to year. In terms of money, you’re going to have to fork out far fewer £/€ for the latter and it could prove more flexible too.

For instance you could use it as an extra bedroom, a games room you can use to keep the teenagers out of harm’s way, or as a sanctuary where a member of the family can read and chill-out uninterrupted. But before you get all excited, it’s good to know the costs beforehand. These obviously centre on what type of attic extension you end up getting.

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“Don’t Cover Up Your Pram” – Experts Warn

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*Please note the picture above using a lightweight Muslin cloth is perfectly fine. I fortunately was unable to find a picture with a heavy blanket covering a pram*

"Child experts warn mothers against covering their baby's pram with a blanket to shield them from the sun, insisting it could it could prove fatal to infants".

I wrote about this last year and it was a very popular post! As the weather is now heating up around the country, it's time to remind ourselves about not only protecting our children properly from the sun but to not allow them to overheat when inside their buggies/strollers/prams. I know I for one am guilty of previously covering up Amelia's buggy with a muslin/scarf to block out the sun when she was younger. I'm fortunate with Harry that our double bugaboo (Bugaboo Donkey) has an extra piece of fabric that can be lowered to block out the sun.

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Slip-Slop Sunsafe For Children

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With the beautiful weather we had across Ireland and the UK last week, keeping Amelia and Harry safe in the sun has been the hot topic in our house at the moment .Both of them have typical Irish pale skin, with Harry being very fair haired. Amelia is a little easier to deal with in the sun as you can reason with her, like wearing a hat or staying still for a few minutes to apply suncream. Harry on the otehrhand is a non hat wearing wiggler.

Slip-Slop-Slap is the iconic and internationally recognised sun protection campaign prominent in Australia during the 1980s. Slip on a t-shirt, Slop on the 30+ suncream, Slap on a hat. Launched to encourage people to reduce sun exposure and protect themselves against an increased risk of skin cancer. A highly successful programme, that is taught in schools, I think it is something that should be brought into schools across the UK and Ireland. Malignant melanoma is the most common cancer in Ireland and the 5th most common cancer in the UK. 86% of malignant melanomas in the UK in 2010 were linked to the sun and sun – beds. Sunburn — the skin reddening caused by overexposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation— may seem like just a temporary irritation, but sunburns can cause long-lasting damage to the skin. Children are especially at risk: One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person's chances of developing melanoma later in life. Do not let your children get burnt.

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Where In The World Will We Go Next? *Hello Canvas

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Globes and maps are crucial learning tools. Globes and maps help children get a grasp on where they live and where other places in the world are located. Learning the shape of countries and their placement across the globe increases knowledge of geography. Furthermore, some maps even show what goods come from certain locations.

Globes, maps and clocks are a great way to teach children about the placement of every country in the world. By first exploring the geographical location of each nation, one can then dive into the history and culture of every land. Lessons about geography and other cultures are very important in order to ensure that children will have a well-rounded view of the world and a better education.

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Keep Your Opinions To Yourself…….

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On a recent hospital visit with both kids for an X-ray, I was left reeling over a comment a staff member made. Maybe to some it might be trivial, but it left me so angry and thinking about how things that roll off people's tongues can really upset people!

Struggling to get out of a "disabled/changing room toilet", Harry in one arm, Amelia hanging off the other who was attempting to make a quick dash for it, while I pushed the double buggy with my body, two staff members smiled, and then one said to the other while almost giggling "God has she two more in there?" and walked off. I was furious.

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Kids Clothes ~ Recent Purchases

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I am asked a lot about "where I get the kids clothes"! I have a few favourite shops, but really it's whatever I see and like. I try to buy in the sales, use vouchers the kids get wisely and mix and match clothes. Amelia's growth has now slowed down, so I'm getting a lot more wear out of her clothes, hurray! While Harry is flying through his clothes and I've learned from Amelia, buy as we need, because otherwise he does not get use out of the clothes. I thought I'd put together a post of what I have got the kids recently, this is in no way a "oh look what I bought", but more to just answer your questions and give some inspiration! If it's something you like to read and would like to see more of, then leave me a comment below. I have started on their summer clothes, and as usual Amelia had double the amount that Harry has! There just isn't the same choice for boys!This will be it for Amelia I imagine as a lot of he dresses from last year still fit!

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When Is The Right Time To Buy Baby’s 1st Shoes

Originally published in 2014, I'm still of the view keep their feet bare until they are properly walking! When your baby's born, the bones in her feet are made of soft, flexible cartilage. This gradually hardens over time. They won't be fully developed until her late teens. By the time your child reaches 65, she will have walked more than 100,000 miles. That's why it's important not to take your child's feet for granted!

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