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Kids and alcohol twitter discussion

Last night there was a twitter party on the subject of kids and alcohol. Even at three and a half this is a subject that we have talked about at home with Roo and she knows that sometimes mummy and daddy have a drink that she cannot have because it would make her sick.

I remember when I was young that from about the age of 15 I was allowed to have on a Sunday a very weak small glass of wine and lemonade. My parents explained to me what it was and that it was a treat. Throughout my teenage years I never abused alcohol, got excessively drunk or took my drinking to extreme. My parents rarely had to witness scenes of me drunkenly stumbling home or cleaning up after me. The dangers and effects of alcohol were explained to me and I took those warnings on board.

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What makes quality time together with your kids?

Well today of day 2 of my stay at home mum journey was supposed to be quite frankly epic.  I had said to Roo last night (and this was the big mistake), that today we would go to the park, play crazy golf, feed ducks, fish in the pond and eat cake.

To say our plans were scuppered this morning would be an understatement.  We awoke to grey skies and rumbles of thunder but I remained optimistic that we could get out before lunch to the park and do the things I had promised her.  How wrong I was.  By 10:20am the rain was sheeting down in stair rods, I couldn’t see to drive, the roads were flooding and Roo was upset in the back of the car.

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Getting children involved in redecorating their bedroom

I know that growing up as a child every time myself or my brother asked my dad to redecorate our bedrooms he raised his eyebrow wondering what bizarre theme or character we wanted to adorn our bedroom walls.  The worst one he ever had to put up for me was an entire Alice in Wonderland wallpaper set that he still claims today was the most “bloody awful wallpaper to hang and match”.

So, as a parent myself when I decided to redecorate Roo’s bedroom I wasn’t sure if she should have any input on what the theme was going to me.  Even since she was born I’ve redecorated her bedroom so many times that I should probably be hosting my own DIY show by now.  Whether it’s been changing the colour of the walls, putting up a new border, new curtains or bed linen – having done the whole room recently again one thing that I have learnt quite quickly from the bedroom decorating process is the importance of letting Roo be involved in the selection of not only the bedroom theme, but also the design and furniture choices.

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My first day as a stay at home mum

Well today was the start of a new journey for me.  This was my first full day as an official stay at home mum.  For some mums this may not seem like big or challenging news in the parenting stakes but for me it’s been a huge decision and one that I wasn’t sure I would actually be very good at.

Having spent the last year of my life completely retraining to be a teaching assistant and passing my course things with the job just weren’t what they had promised to be and I made the decision to stop going to work for at least the next year to be there for Roo as she starts pre-schools for 3 hours a week in the afternoon and help her through this massive transition in her little life as a toddler.

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Maternity Clothing – Key Things to Look Out for During a Summer Pregnancy

You experience many changes in your body during pregnancy and adaptations need to be made in your wardrobe to reflect this. Once your tummy starts to grow and your bust begins to swell, you need to find maternity wear that offers comfort and practicality. And the good news is that these days, maternity wear is also stylish!

Having a summer pregnancy throws in some additional elements that are worth considering. Carrying around the extra weight of a baby in the heat of July can be strenuous and you must try and make things as easy for yourself as possible.

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