• Blogs,  Christmas,  Humour

    Christmas Movies: Our Naughty & Nice List

    All year we seem to worry about the kids spending too much time staring at the box, well it’s finally the Christmas season! A time to acceptably shove your kids in front of the TV and ram down their throats your favourite Christmas films whilst ignoring their cries to watch Big Hero Six or Toy Story for the 20th time that week! I know lots of my fellow bloggers will be talking about getting outside and dirty whilst it’s wet and miserable, using really positive and upbeat words to describe the weather… well that just aint me I’m afraid. All year I’ve tried to be ‘crafty daddy’ and ‘messy-play daddy’…

  • Competition & Giveaways,  Kids Entertainment,  Reviews,  Toys

    Getting Slimy with Zimpli Kids

    I’ve got to admit a ‘baff’ full of ‘gelli’ sounded like my worst nightmare. The thought of this gross, gooey mess consuming my beautifully white bath… oh and my children, filled me with horror. But I’ve got to say… it was gross but we LOVED IT! Zimpli Kids is a really innovative brand of messy kids stuff for both indoor and outdoor play, with products like the ‘Gelli Baff’, ‘Slime Blaster’ and ‘Simon Squirters’ just to name a few! They come in different colours too, we received a pack of the red ‘gelli’ to try out but you can also get them in blue, green and pink too! Perfect if…

  • Books,  Children's Mental Health,  Reviews

    One for Sorrow

    We are thrilled to introduce a lovely children’s book called ‘One for Sorrow’, written by a gentlemen called Mr Gresty, who is an unpublished author from our neck of the woods – The North West, so naturally we tuned-in, to support our region! And we’re so glad we did! This simple tale tells the story of a Magpie called Sorrow. One day, Sorrow awakes to find he’s lost his Joy. So he sets off on a journey through the thick fog to find her. This heartfelt and sincere story has been intuitively written as a way of introducing the subject of mental health with your children. Something we can all agree…

  • Blogs,  Health,  Lifestyle

    Mothers Ruin?

    Here at the Parenting Phil’s we love a gin and tonic… as you might have guessed this from our last video and from a few insta posts, and from a few other blogs… OK we talk about G&T fairly regularly! And whilst there’s absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying a relaxing beverage on an evening after a long day of playing referee, chef, bottom-wiper and ‘Daddy Robot’ (don’t ask), it’s important to recognise when you might be having one too many. This week in the UK it’s Alcohol Awareness Week, a good time to take a step back and reflect on your booze intake and ask yourself  ‘Am I meeting all my daily…

  • Blogs,  Humour

    Daddy Finger, Daddy Finger🖕🏻

    WORLD NURSERY RHYME WEEK starts on the 19th November 2018, a time when we can celebrate and share our favourite musical numbers… hahahahaha yeah right, have you heard some of the lyrics in these songs? Most are borderline ridiculous, others make zero sense, some encourage our children to hurt or maim others and the rest are just down right annoying! So, that being said, here’s my top 10 nursery rhymes that I really detest and encourage you not to expose your children too! TOP 10 NURSERY RHYMES YOU SHOULDN’T LET YOUR CHILDREN LISTEN TO! #1 Hush Little Baby “If that mocking bird don’t sing, momma’s going to buy you a…

  • Blogs,  Education,  Milestones

    Top Ten Things to Consider when Choosing Primary Schools

    The time has come, too quickly I might add, where both Parenting Phils are experiencing yet another milestone in the world of parenting – primary school applications! Which means countless tours of prospective schools, reading Ofsted reports, meeting other parents and getting the general nitty-gritty of what your prospective school is all about. As you’ll agree, choosing the right school for your child is an important task. Simply because they will spend the best part of their day in that setting, 5 days a week, 9 months a year. So it’s incredibly important to know your child will be cared for, supported and safe, whilst on their new learning journey.…

  • Blogs,  Days Out,  Humour

    5 Reasons Why I HATE Play Centres! 20 Minute Challenge

    Kelly, over at Daydreams of a Mum has just challenged us to take part in a ’20 minute challenge’ where we have to write about anything we like. I got the tweet from Kelly whilst sat in our local play centre, so what better to talk [rant] about!?! As it’s a quick challenge, I’m writing this on my phone without Pips’ supervision, so apologies for typos and all that jazz… The rules: 1. In 20 minutes you are to create your post, including writing, checking, proofreading, editing and adding any images. 2. Mention the person who gave you the challenge and include a link to their website. 3. After 20…

  • Food,  Lifestyle,  Share A Story

    Rub-a-Dub-Dub, THANKS for the Grub!

    October 2018 has been MEGA for the Parenting Phils, we set out to have a jam-packed month of blogs, reviews, interviews, guest posts and giveaways with our ‘Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Thanks for the Grub!’ theme. Well life through us a few curve balls to say the least, but guess what, we did it! We’ve had some fab guest posts this month from Louise talking about her sons nut allergy and how it has changed the lives of her whole family, from Rachael who shared her journey to starting a family whilst living with epilepsy and from Phil’s big sister, Jenny, who sold us on the idea that we need to suck it…

  • Books,  Food,  Reviews

    Getting The Little Blighters To Eat

    To finish off our month-long ‘Rub-a-dub-dub, Thanks for the Grub!’ theme, I thought I’d share with you a book that made a huge difference to me and my approach to feeding the kids. At the time I purchased it the boys where just about to turn 2 and their feeding habits where starting to change and the fear of them becoming ‘fussy eaters’ was royally kicking in. The book I’m referring to is called ‘Getting The Little Blighters To Eat‘ by Claire Potter and it’s available on Amazon for £4.99, which was a bargain in my opinion, given the impact it had on us. Now I’m not a big reader,…

  • Blogs,  Children's Health,  Food Intolerance

    Our Food Intolerance Journey (so far)….

    As part of our month long ‘Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Thanks for the Grub!’ series, today we are talking about food intolerance and Pips experience so far with her 1 year-old son Teddy. Our Food Intolerance Journey (so far)… Discovering my youngest has a food intolerance has been somewhat of a ‘learning journey’, one we are still on at the moment, as no firm diagnosis has been given, at least not yet. His first appointment with a Paediatrician is not until November. But for me, all the signs are there. Initially, I thought my son’s food intolerance started when we introduced cows milk after he turned twelve months. Now we’re a few months…

  • Allergies,  Children's Health,  Share A Story

    Guest Post: No Nuts Allowed!

    Up next in our ‘Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Thanks for the Grub!’ theme we have a great guest post from Louise, a Yorkshire mum of two boys. Yesterday (21st October 2018) was National Nut Day, and whilst some of us celebrated by enjoying a bit of Peanut Butter on toast, for others, contact with nuts can have serious and potentially fatal consequences. Here Louise talks about the day her families lives changed forever as they discovered her son Ellis (now 12) was allergic to nuts. No Nuts Allowed by Louise The 14th November 2011 is a date that things really changed in our family. It was a ‘normal’ evening and we were just…

  • Health,  Parenting,  Share A Story

    Guest Post: Motherhood & Epilepsy

    On Friday 19th October 2018, a new National ‘Tea Break’ campaign for Epilepsy Action launches, so we invited a good friend of ours, Rachael, to come and tell us about living with epilepsy and being a great mum to her gorgeous daughter, Erin. Motherhood & Epilepsy by Rachael  Hi, my name is Rachael and I’m an Epileptic! It sounds weird and sometimes I wish I was saying alcoholic as with epilepsy it is completely out of my control. It can hit at anytime and the unpredictability is the only thing, in the 16 years that I’ve had it, that I haven’t been able to get to grips with. I first…

  • Food,  National Cake Week,  Share A Story

    Guest Post: Can I Be Bothered?

    National Cake Week is upon us and continuing our @Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Thanks for the Grub!’ theme we have Jenny McIlveen, a mum of two (and big sister to Phil) and keen baker, guest posting for us. Here, Jenny tells us all about why she loves to bake with her kids and shares a simple recipe for the non-natural parenting bakers amongst us to help us get started. Can I Be Bothered? by Jenny McIlveen Can I be bothered with the faff of getting out the ingredients and equipment and then the mess of clearing up? Baking with your children often takes far greater motivation than other activities, but hopefully this article…

  • Blogs,  Food,  Interview,  National Cake Week

    An Interview with Greg Fraser, Founder of The Bottled Baking Co.

    To kick start our month long ‘Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Thanks for the Grub!’ theme and just in time for National Cake Week, we have a great interview with Greg Fraser, the founder of the Bottled Baking Co. who has kindly provided one of his creations as a giveaway to one lucky Parenting Phil reader. Read on for details on how to enter. Greg, from Leeds, set up The Bottled Baking Co. in 2016 as a small venture in his own time… well the little time he had to himself by the sounds of it, as he worked as a website builder and was also raising his son (2yo at the time). Hi…

  • Adoption,  Blogs

    Saying the Right Things

    For today’s blog I had planned to write a really lovely post about how much we enjoyed our first family holiday abroad to Menorca last week, but if you follow us on Instagram or Facebook then you’ll know that it wasn’t quite the perfect trip I had envisaged. Quite frankly I need a kid-free holiday to recover, so I’ll save that joy for a cold wintery day when perhaps I’m reflecting more fondly on the whole experience. Instead I thought I’d share a bit about how I’m feeling at the moment as we have just posted our first letters to the boys birth family through a process called ‘Letterbox Contact’.…