Mother-flipping awesome books for Mother’s Day

“Sometimes I open my mouth and my mother comes out.”

We are a product of our environment and language is no exception.  While age-old ‘Mum sayings’ like “We’ll see” or “When did your last slave die?” roll off my tongue, so too does some less desirable vernacular at times (that I’m almost sure my own mother never used). But this mother’s day, let it be a day that we celebrate all the imperfections of motherhood and sit guilt-free reading one of these wildly inappropriate picture books to our beloved children…or just to ourselves in a the bath with a glass of wine. Continue reading “Mother-flipping awesome books for Mother’s Day”

Delicious and Nutritious: Our Top 5 Cooking-themed Picture Books

Kids love cooking.  Well let me re-phrase, kids love food! So without further adieu, here are our top 5 cooking-themed books where the recipe for language learning is… just right! 

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Help! Toy-nado alert!

My house has been swallowed by a toy-nado! Like many new parents, I am again eating my words from a past life.  I swore I would not spoil my children with ‘stuff’ nor let every space in my house be ravaged by a toy-nado of plastic, but I have failed miserably.  It is well established that play is vital for children’s emotional, social and cognitive growth and “Toys are the tools of play”.  So tonight’s blog will attempt to address the following:  What are the best kind of toys to buy and how do you get the ‘biggest bang for your buck’ when it comes to toys?

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What’s Up Doc? Talk with a G.P.

Welcome to another edition of the “What’s Up Doc?” Q & A series! In celebration of this month’s book box theme, The Doctor’s Kit, we have had the pleasure of interviewing a variety of professionals in the medical field. This week we will hear from Dr Ian Black, General Practitioner.

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HELP! I think I’m a helicopter parent!

A little birdie once used the term ‘helicopter mum’ to describe a parenting style and the term stuck with me.  It was a term that picked away at my deepest insecurities; this was not how I wanted to be nor be described by others. 

Helicopter parent (n):  A primary caregiver who hovers (both literally and figuratively) over their offspring to the detriment of the child’s learning and independence.

  The term ‘helicopter parent’ has strong negative connotations with many associated terms springing to mind:  anxiousness, kids wrapped in cotton wool, control freaks, learnt helplessness, worry warts, and the list goes on.  It seems that the general consensus is that ‘helicopter parenting’ is not the way we should parent but the jury is out on the right way.

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Help! My child sounds like ‘Tweety’…

Remember the much loved Looney Tunes character, Tweety? “I twat I taw a puddy tat!”  was his or her catch phrase and was full of speech errors (a recurring theme in many Looney Tunes characters). A little birdie once asked me…. “When does it stop being all b’s and d’s?”  She was referring to her then two and half year old son’s speech and his speech pattern reminded me of Tweety.  So is this normal?

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