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Fussy eating toddler

Yesterday I spent 40 minutes in the kitchen cooking for the family; OH and I were having a risotto and I did a chicken breast fillet, mashed potato and peas for Roo. This is something she eats and is one of her favourites. Dinner time should have been oh so simple. Cooking for your kids after all is easy when you know what they like….right?

Clearly I was wrong. I am not sure why this fussy eating toddler stage has started or where it has come from lately.

Roo sat down at the table with us and promptly announced she didn’t want peas. Fine I said leave the peas thinking she would come back to them. She poked the mash potato with her finger. This prompted a sharp “don’t use your fingers” from dad. Now I don’t know what any one else’s three year old is like when they are tired and irritable but at meal times Roo when she is like this chooses to ignore her cutlery and use her fingers. Discipline from us and reminders not to eat like a baby are ignored and it usually ends up in her being removed from the table without any supper until she chooses to eat like a big girl.

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Octonauts Bed Linen Set Review

I don’t do branded character kids clothing, furniture or bed linen as a rule. Usually it’s badly made, tacky to look at and awful fabric. So when the Octonauts bed linen set arrived courtesy of the BBC Shop I was admittedly expecting the usual rubbish.

As a BBC Shop Reviewer I will be posting a series of reviews on their products over the forthcoming months and I hope that you will enjoy reading them.

On opening it from the box Addison was really excited. She enjoys Octonauts and I like the concept behind it (but would like to see some more new episodes please BBC).   For those of you that haven’t been immersed in the underwater world of Octonauts it is brilliant for young toddlers and pre-school children.

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Fairy Wigwam Play Tent

Addison loves the world of make believe, dressing up and role play – let’s face it there are some days as an adult where I quite wish I could stick on a Disney costume and pretend to be anywhere else just for a few hours!  Toys that encourage escapism and imaginary play I think are some of the best things you can buy your kids.  It allows them to develop independence as they have to rely on their own imagination and thoughts to think up exciting adventures and every day household objects can become shining swords, boxes of treasure and much more.

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Provocative clothing for children

I am either getting very old fashioned as I approach 35 or the world is far more liberal place for today’s pre-teens and teenagers. Certainly when I was growing up my local supermarket didn’t stock bras for 6 year old’s and I never remember Kylie Minogue wearing near pornographic costumes during her prime time Top of the Pops performances.

When did so much provocative clothing for children arrive?

So how come when I tuned into X-Factor last night I was greeted with one of today’s role models Rihanna prancing around on stage dressed as a naughty school girl and shoes with the words “F*** off” scrawled on them and doing more pouting than a Max Power model.

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Allinson’s Flour – Supporting Children in Need 2011

I love baking and so does Roo – any excuse for either of us to get our fingers into cake mixture as a sticky treat is always welcome. With Children in Need 2011 taking place today we were delighted to be supporting the charity that does so much work children by taking part in the Allinson Flour Pudsey Baking Challenge.

Allinson Flour have teamed up with supermarket giant Asda to help raise money for this year’s BBC Children in Need appeal. To support the appeal Allinson will be donating 15p from the sale of special packs of their Nature Friendly Plain White and Self Raising flours to the charity.

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