I was extremely lucky recently to have been approached by psychologist and behavioural expert Peter Black: Author of 'Cool That Volcano'. In his amazing book he talks about how we as parents can work together with our children to learn to calm those bubbling emotions before they erupt into a volcano of white hot lava. … Continue reading Cool That Volcano – A Guest Post by Peter Black
Back in the summer we spent a beautiful sunny day at Hawkstone Park Follies in Shropshire. "Set in 100 acres of Parkland The Follies is a range of dramatic and rugged natural sandstone hills that were developed to include gullies, caves, towers and bridges, becoming one of the most visited landscapes in Britain during the … Continue reading Exploring Hawkstone Park Follies
One of our yearly autumn traditions is to spend time at our local community orchard picking apples and pears. I find it such a lovely activity because the orchard is always so quiet and the girls just love learning about the names and different varieties of apple. Although yesterday was definitely more of a late … Continue reading Autumn Adventures – Apple Picking
We just adore crafting, especially in the Autumn. There are so many natural resources available to find and get creative with and they all look so effective. So much so, in fact, that I found it difficult to choose only 10 crafts to include in this collection. I've chosen things that you can do … Continue reading 10 Autumn Kids’ Crafts.
For the August bank holiday weekend we decided to book a short family break to get away from it all for a few days before the start of the new school term. As a family, we love Haven, the parks are always full of great things to do and the girls love The Seaside Squad. … Continue reading Our weekend at Haven’s Presthaven.
My Darling O, Well, the time has arrived. In a matter of days you'll be starting your full time education journey, beginning to make your own way in this world. I hope that we've provided you with a solid foundation of love and security, so that you can explore, learn and grow whilst always knowing … Continue reading An open letter to my youngest daughter, before she starts school.
As a family, we are always looking for new places to explore and new parks in particular, as they provide the all encompassing family day out. Hubby and I both studied at the University of Derby so, going back to our old stomping ground now that we have kids of our own was always on … Continue reading Our Visit to Markeaton Park, Derby.
Six full weeks off school? Those words are simultaneously create a sense of joy in the hearts of kids and anxiety in the hearts of parents. Don't get me wrong, I love the holidays, I love having my kids to myself and being out of the strict school routine for a bit. But I'd be … Continue reading 12 Summer Boredom Busters
Ah, long lazy summer days sitting in the shade of a big tree, feeling the warm grass beneath your toes and relaxing with some wonderful, topical books. Nothing sounds nicer than that, right now. So I've come up with a list of our favourite books with a summer theme, to help make that daydream a … Continue reading Six Fantastic Books with a Summer Theme.
The Summer Holidays are hard work. As much as we as parents feel guilty admitting it, it's difficult to come up with the right balance of structured and free play activities to keep kids occupied and prevent boredom from creeping in. On the same note, the summer holidays can be expensive! For this reason, I've … Continue reading 6 Super Summer Crafts for Kids