Teaching our kids everyday tasks

Teaching Children about everyday tasks like putting their shoes away once they have taken them off, really has helped with my sons development and so it important you try and get them to do everyday things each day.

Henry knows that when he leaves a room of example to close the door, and to take his school uniform off and get changed once he is home from school, and does his homework.

I came across these video about how to get your child to do activities that include everyday tasks, and how you can make there items they need more accessible.


Cleaning up after themselves once they have eaten, gone to the toilet and after they have played with toys, to encourage them to tidy them away before using another item to play with.

When they have eaten put their plates in the sink, and yes I will once my son it tall enough, will have him learn to wash up after himself too.

I think it is so important for their independence to establish everyday skills. So if they aren’t able to open a draw or cupboard, show them but don’t tell them, and they will then establish how to do it themselves.

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Carrie X

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Having Post Natal Depression

I wasn’t sure how to begin this blog as it is a very controversal subject as a lot of women suffer with Post Natal Depression and are frightened of saying anything like I did, because I thought people could see that I couldn’t cope.

I still have days where I struggle as a parent and wish I had a magic wand to fix it.

I wish I had Mary Poppins powers and could click my fingers and my son would be fed and ready for school, instead of having to fight nail and teeth to get him to get dressed.

I did cry a lot when my son was first born and this really went on for a long time and I felt like I was getting it all wrong. I found it hard when Henry started biting, hitting and pinching because he found it hard to communicate properly. At the time I didn’t realize that, that was a sign he was trying to communicate.

My Post Natal Depression went undiagnosed, and it was only later on that my world turned upside down and now I am on medication.

I hope this helps whom may going through the same emotions, and to let you know you aren’t on your own in any way, and there is help out there.

If you feel isolated and alone, then do talk to someone, but the worst thing is to stay silent and not say anything at all. I did feel suicidal on some days and that wasn’t to be selfish but because I felt I couldn’t do this, and felt like a failure.

I felt like I had no control over certain situations at times, and felt totally out of my depth, but I got through it and so can you. I still plan my days but I am lot more laid back than before, but still there are times where I feel I just can’t cope, so I take a step back and breath.

I have found meditation to really help. There is an APP called Headspace and it teaches you about meditation and I have been doing this everyday, and it has really helped control the mind and be at peace with myself.

Don’t get me wrong it isn’t about a quick fix but taking time to be mindful and give yourself some self care time, to stop the struggle that parenthood can bring, even if it is taking a nice hot bubble bath, washing your hair or getting your hair done at a salon, it can really make a huge difference to your well-being, and make you feel better about yourself.  

Check out this link below which is another blog by a mum who also suffered with Postnatal Depression:

http://oc87recoverydiaries.org/postnatal-depression

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Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

Kids Hacks

Check out this video below by Kate Murnane, of some great kids hacks to keep them happy.

If you too have any hacks you would like to share then why not get in contact with me and I will be happy to read them and if you wish for me to share on my website then I will do.

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Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

Bedtime tantrums

If you child refuses to go to bed then there are many things you can do to help stop the tantrums by following some key steps.

First one: Always give them small hints that bedtime is on its way, and this can be as simple as drawing the curtains, or dimming the lights, playing soft music or have them listen to a story.

Second tip: Change their clothes to bedtime clothes and sing a song about bedtime to get them to look forward to it, rather than dread it.

Third tip: If they still having naps during the day then make sure it is no longer than 3pm, as this can cause disruption when it comes to sleep time, depending on how many naps they have, but use 3pm as the cut off time, so if they are napping they need to wake up by this time.

fourth time: Have bath time. This will help wind down their body and get them sleepy.

Check out this article on the Babycenter website, which gives further details:

https://www.babycentre.co.uk/a558218/bedtime-routines-for-toddlers

Bedtimes are usually easy in our house, as Henry will usually get tired around 6pm to 7pm so around 5pm after dinner time, we will have quiet time, so no ball or football, and so it is either he can watch his tablet for half hour or listen to a story.

This tends to work. When he was a lot smaller we would give him some warm milk and play some soft lullaby music to indicate bedtime was on its way. You can buy blackout curtains, but our son liked sleeping with the light slightly on.

Here is another article I found on Very Well family:

https://www.verywellfamily.com/bedtime-hacks-for-perschoolers-4067065

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Carrie X

Mother & Baby chat video

Please see my new Mother and Baby chat video where I share details of how my son is getting on at school and what to do if you have concerns about their development.

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Carrie X

10 Hacks For sick kids

Check out this video by Emily Norris who shares 10 Hacks For Sick Kids / how to support their immune systems.

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Carrie X

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

Teaching children about love

As it is valentines day tomorrow I wanted to write about teaching children about Love.

I think you can do it by the simple things like giving your child a cuddle and a kiss, letting them have the things they love but in moderation of course.

I want my son to be respectful to others and be kind, and he is already started to do that. Apparently there is a little who he goes to school with, who cries all the time when she has to go to school, and our son gives her a hug all the time.

The one thing my son is, is very affectionate which I think it is a lovely trait to have.

I don’t think showing you love someone should happen just on valentines day, but through out your life with that person, even if it is giving them a hung, cooking them dinner, buying a gift, just showing that you care is a good way to teach love to our children, and it should be embraced.

I know there are people who don’t agree with kissing your children, and that is up to them, but I don’t see what is wrong with it, as long you don’t have a cold sore or are sick, then giving a kis is a nice to way to show love.

Same with a hug. I love having cuddles with my son, whilst watching TV or a film, it’s what helps us to bond as mother and son, and that to me is important.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

Building children’s confidence with water

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Bath times in our house are tricky, because our son doesn’t like it, I don’t know why he doesn’t I make it as relaxing as possible and he goes in okay, but soon as he goes in he wants to come out.

He doesn’t like getting his hair wet and really puts up a fight to get out of the bath when it comes to washing his hair.

Building a child’s confidence with water is an essential part of their growing and I am going to in the summer take him swimming again, as last time we did it really helped build his confidence.

One tip I would give is to get into the bath aswell. If you can get into the bath with them so they can see that you are seating down and it is okay, and usually children will follow by example, once they know it is okay.

Once I have finished washing my sons hair I say “All over” and then he is fine and I take him out of the bath.

Sometimes I will encourage him as much as possible to play in the bath with his boat and there was a point he would, but he has become weary of sitting in the bath again.

He will stand in the bath, so we have put in a bath mat to stop him from slipping, which isn’t a problem I just wish he would be a lot more confident.

It is always me he trusts to give him a bath, he doesn’t like it when my husband gives him a bath, which I again not sure why, as at one point they were really bonding through bath time. It was kind of their time together.

So it a working progress, but like everything else, doing it gradual and being persistent is the key to helping them to build their confidence. Not allowing them near water at all won’t help, as they need to see there is nothing to be scared about.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X