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Roald Dahl Day – Golden Ticket Costume

My children adore Roald Dahl stories. It all started with the audio books – bought primarily in the hopes that they would encourage the boy to stay in bed instead of getting up ten times before settling (they work pretty well). Quickly, my children realised that they love the stories and the music that goes with them, the voices of the readers and everything else. We bought the books to go with them and read chapters before bed and listening to more. On top of this, Miss J has spent a term at school learning about Roald Dahl – not just the stories but the man behind them. So, this Roald Dahl Day, we were keen to make an effort.  Year 2 (Miss J’s year) are dressing up today, as characters from Roald Dahl stories. Weeks ago, when we heard about the opportunity, Miss J wanted to go as an Oompah Loomah and had seen the costume she wanted online. However, as we had three other dress up days this month, including World Book Day …

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Mother’s Day Activites at Squires Garden Centres

I am never really sure what to say when my children ask me what I would like for Mother’s Day, but continue to ask they do (particularly Miss J who is keen to make a fuss of me, thoughtful lass that she is). I am not one for material gifts as such, not from my children anyway. I far prefer the homemade touch – a card they’ve made themselves without prompting trumps any lavish gift picked up in a mad panic the day before. I think that is why I so love the Mother’s Day activity that Squires Garden Centres have come up with this year – a container of flowers that your little ones choose and put together all by themselves.    We were invited to preview this activity last weekend and I now have two beautiful tubs of flowers on my windowsill, for which I am very grateful. The children’s experience began with a mooch round the garden centre to choose their own ribbon and flowers. The boy wanted blue-ish colours whilst Miss J …

Different Childcare Options Explained

Having a baby is really exciting and becoming a new parent is often what most people describe as the most happy and fulfilling time of their life. However, once your paternity and maternity leave has ended, you’ll need to start thinking about choosing some childcare for your baby in order for you to go back to work and provide for your growing family. If you’re not sure which option to go for when choosing childcare, read on. Nannies and Childminders If you’re not sure about sending your child to nursery and would prefer for them to receive one to one care, you may like the idea of employing a nanny or a childminder to look after your baby whilst you’re working. Most nannies and childminders work independently either from their own home or will visit yours, so you can be sure that your child is being cared for in a loving, homely environment. An alternative option to a nanny or childminder is to hire an au pair through a site such as Aufini. Au pairs …

Lying to Impress

Into the Blue recently set out to find the most common lies that we tell to impress others.  They asked almost 2,500 people and found the most popular lies to be as follows: 1)      Skydiving – 45% 2)      Met a celebrity – 41% 3)      Attended a music event – 36% 4)      Bungee jump – 29% 5)      Being arrested/Spent time in jail – 25% 6)      School/University results – 23% 7)      Charity fundraising – 20% 8)      Attended a major sporting event – 19% 9)      Exotic travels – 17% 10)   Working in the forces – 15% Now, being totally honest, I wouldn’t think to lie about any of those things listed above.  I’m sure we all like to impress our colleagues and friends from time to time, and like to talk about exciting experiences we have actually had, but I see absolutely no value in pretending to have done something that in reality I’ve only ever thought about. However, all this talk of lying to impress got me thinking about another type of seemingly innocuous lying – telling little lies to our children.  Now, …

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The Benefits of Term-Time Holidays (10 Things My Daughter Learned This Week)

It is a contentious subject Holidays during term-time I have to say I am all for it I wholeheartedly believe that education can be (and, importantly, is) achieved outside the classroom But we try hard to respect Miss J’s school’s rules So far this year, we have enjoyed trips to Amsterdam and the Forest of Dean One was taken during the Easter holidays The other was just a weekend The children learned so much both times They are always chatting away to anyone who will listen Talking about the science centre in Amsterdam Or the bugs they raced in the Forest of Dean There is no doubt in my mind that I would have taken those trips during term-time if need be To me, it is simple The benefits far outweigh any possible or potential risks And so when our half-term trip to Bluestone Wales Was postponed by a week Meaning that we would have to take Miss J out of school for four days in order to go We decided to go regardless I …