Category Archives: Videos for tips and inspiration

Learning through play

Learning through play is so important, because that’s how they build up their listening, observation skills, memory and motor skills.

Henry learns through play at school and it has benefited him so much he is speaking a lot more, picking up new words and skills such as he couldn’t open any packaging now he can and its through play he has done that.

Here is a video which talks more about learning through play.

There are so many skills you can teach a child through play, such as cleaning, dancing and walking.

At Henry’s school they use visual cards to let Henry know what other items he can play with next, or what the next activity is going to be.

During half term you can still learn through play by taking them to softplay, bowling, to zoo where there is also a playground, to some gardens like Kew Gardens for example and have a great day out.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

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Watch “10 Simple Sensory Activities for Toddlers | DIY Baby Entertainment” on YouTube

Check out this video of 10 simple sensory activities. Some really good ideas

Gift Ideas For Kids

Are you having trouble finding gifts for the children in your life?

Do they more less have everything?

Finding gifts for kids each Christmas can be tough especially if they have brothers and sisters who pass on their toys to their siblings. I remember as a kid I got a lot of gifts sets which I still love till this day, or it was cassette tape, a record or as got older a CD.

Check with their parents if the children have written a list and see if you can get something on the parents list, to save them getting it.

I have gone for journals this year for presents, clothes and story books, as you can’t go wrong with a book or a little journal notebook, especially if the children are into writing.

My son for his birthday received a dustcart toy, which when you press the button on top it moves forwards and back, and tips the bin up like a real dustcart and my son loves it. He also have a fire engine toy which he loves to play with too. 

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www.alza.co.uk


Choose a puzzle or a game that the family can play is always good and gets everyone together on Christmas day, and breaks the ice. As a kid growing up it was a tradition to play card games or a board game, it kind of breaks up the day.

The games my son loves to play with his Mr Men cards and playing matching  pairs, and helps them with their memory and observation skills.


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Image from: https://www.orchardtoys.com/buy/penguin-pairs-mini-game_121.htm

Knowing what to buy each year can change as they begin to grow and get into new things each year. 

If you stuck on toys to buy why not buy an experience, like one year I bought my nieces an experience at Chessington World of Adventures, and they got to feed the giraffes there. 

I found this Video from YouTube which shows you the experience. 

https://www.chessington.com/explore/chessington-vip-adventures.aspx

So I hope this is helpful to you and will give you those last minute ideas. 

Many thanks for reading, 

Carrie X 

My Son was reported for swearing at school

Yes it is true, and I do feel mortified that my son swore apparently during assembly, in front of the whole school. 

How do you stop your child from swearing?

This is a tough question, because my son being 5 years old now still doesn’t get that those words mean. He says them in the right context though, so we teach him to replace the words, with shoot or instead of Bloody, “oh my goodness”.

He began swearing back when he was at nursery and he had nipped it in the bud, but it seemed he had started again.

Both my husband and I are aware we have to watch our own language in case our son repeats them. 

A lot of it, is to do with attention and seeing what reaction he is going to get, so I try to ignore or replace the words so he knows what words are OK and which aren’t.  

Band the F word 

I have now band the F word from my lips, and have tried to get my husband to do the same, even though it still comes out whilst my husband is driving so I do have to keep reminding him that the F word shouldn’t be used, or I say “Stop swearing”.

It can be tricky but try not to bring too much attention to it, as if they see they get a reaction they will continue, well my son does, so we have to try and make him see that this word is fine, but we don’t say that word, as its a bad word. 

There hasn’t been any more reports of him swearing which I am relieved for, I hope I am not tempting fate, but so far he has stopped. 

Here is a video by Pappa Stig of how he stopped his son from swearing. 

So if you have any dilemmas such as your child swearing get in touch. I feel as a fellow parent we should support each other the best we can. 

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

What’s in my Baby Changing Bag/ You don’t need to use a fancy changing bag

Hi there, thank you for viewing my blog, here I share my experience of being parent for the first time, and I have written two books related to The Parenting Adventures aswell.

The Parenting Adventures Pregnancy to the first nine months and The Parenting Adventure, Baby to Toddler years. Available from Amazon in paperback and kindle.

In this blog I am adding my new video, which is showing what I carry in my baby changing bag. You can watch below:

Please comment below of what other topics or experience I have that you wish for me to share being a first time mum.

Parenting isn’t easy, but you learn as your child develops  learns. There is no one way to parent, but be true yourself and what will benefit you and your child.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

What’s in my son’s nursery bag

Hi please check out my new video showing, what I pack for my son for nursery.

He has now started school, but thought I would show what I packed for him, for when he went to nursery.

I will also do one soon for what I pack for him for school, and what he takes.

I like these types of videos seeing what other parents pack for their children and I will be doing a video of what I pack in my son’s changing bag, too.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

New Mother and Baby Chat video

I recently made a new Mother and Baby chat video on Youtube, talking about toilet training and my son starting school this week. Please see video below:

I hope you enjoy watching this video and if you would like to see more than do let me know in the comments section below.

Many thanks,

 

Carrie X

Lazy mum Hacks

Check out these videos below of some Lazy mum hacks by Myka Stauffer.

I love these types of videos as they really help my day run a little easier

So let me know if you used some of these hacks and if they worked for you.

Let me know if you too have some lazy mum hacks I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

Nose bleeds

Nose bleeds can be common if your child is like mine and picks it a lot.

We do try to stop him as much as possible, but often he can pick it so much it can bleed.

How do you treat a nose bleed. Ask the child to tip their hand forward, and then hold their nose just on the middle of the nose the softest part for 10 minutes.

Encourage the child to breath through their mouth, and use a disposable cloth to wipe up any blood gone on any surfaces or the floor. They need to keep breathing through their mouth, and should avoid hot drinks, picking or blowing their nose for 24 hours.

If they do get frequent nose bleeds then do seek medical advice just to make sure it isn’t anything more.

Here is a video which talks more about how to stop nose children’s nose bleeds:

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

DR ABC- CPR

I think as a parent knowing first aid for your children can really give you a good piece of mind. Hopefully you may not need it, but it is still worth knowing just in case.

This is how to do CPR, and practice following the DR ABC rules.

Check for:

  • Danger – keep yourself safe at all times, so check to make sure the area in which the child has fallen is safe for you to access
  • Response – Call them and touch their shoulders to see if they respond to you
  • Airway- Tilt their hand back, not too far if it is a baby, but enough so you can check for any obstruction in their throat, and if they are breathing
  • Breathing- Check for breathing by putting your ear to their mouth not touching but enough to get a clear sign if the child is breathing or not
  • If the child is not breathing then you must carry out CPR
  • Circulation: Hold their chin and squeeze their nose, and do 2 breaths, by putting your mouth over theirs, and use a CPR mouth shield, as this will stop any infections being passed on
  • Then do 30 chest compression’s, by pushing down onto their chest with hands pressed down on top of each other, between the breast area and then do mouth to mouth again and 30 chest compressions, until the person is breathing again
  • If it is a baby, do mouth to mouth, using a mouth shield but cover nose and mouth, and use two fingers or thumbs to carry out 30 chest compression’s
  • If they gain consciousness, then put them in the recovery position, by putting their outer hand (one furthest away to you) to their opposite cheek, lift their outer leg (the leg further away from you) and bring them over to their side by bringing them towards you
  • Remember to have someone call am ambulance whilst you do CPR, or ask another trained first aid person to take over whilst you call for help instead

Here is a video showing you more of how to carry out CPR:

 

First Aid for babies:

You never know what could happen and it is so important to know the basics, of first aid. I hope you found this information useful.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X