• 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’.…

  • Days Out,  Reviews

    Lotherton Hall

    At the start of the summer we posted our ‘Top 7 things to do along the m62 corridor this summer’ blog and one place that we most definitely over-looked was Lotherton Hall. Located in North-East Leeds, just minutes off the m1, this gem of a place is great for a family day out. This wasn’t my first time at Lotherton Hall, however it was the first time I really got to experience and enjoy everything it had to offer because; The boys were a bit older so able to enjoy everything a bit more independently Weather was better than previously and most importantly… I remembered the bloody buggy this time! It’s…

  • Blogs,  Children's Health,  Phobias

    Survival Week: Childhood Phobias

    This week I asked you about what you’ve been ‘surviving’ as a parent at the moment and I asked this because I’ve had a tough couple of weeks, with food intolerances and structural work on the house, but particularly around the issue of child anxieties and phobias. All children will experience some form of anxiety during their development. The most common being separation anxiety, which in simple terms is when your baby or child learns how dependant they are of you and struggle to be apart. Some children may even develop specific fears or phobias, for instance, fear of the dark, animals, strangers or even weather. It is all part…

  • Blogs,  Lifestyle,  Parenting

    The Sleeping ‘Rod’

    Finding a parent who hasn’t had or who isn’t currently experiencing difficulties with kids and sleep is rare, and when you do find one, there are two things you can say to them; “LIAR” – You need to shout this and point at them (or just use an outstretched finger in their direction if you don’t want to shout ‘liar’- can be equally as effective) “Good for you” (said with a sarcastic tone that lets them know you’re calling them something unspeakable in you’re head!) It is really tough and so easy to get yourself in a mess over, because I’m pretty sure sleep deprivation is the biggest killer in…

  • Blogs,  Lifestyle,  Parenting

    The Feeding ‘Rod’

    Trying to get kids to eat the good stuff… or even eat at all in some cases, is tough! It is a very easy category to ‘grow’ multiple rods for your own back in, but hey, if they eat something green that’s a parenting win, right? Here’s some of our ‘Feeding Rods’… make sure to tell us yours in the comments section below! #1. Pudding- I use pudding as a bribe, I swore I wouldn’t and it goes against everything my food bible (‘Getting The Little Blighters To Eat’ by Claire Potter– full review coming in October) tells me, but it’s happened and I do it! I grew up having…

  • Blogs,  Lifestyle,  Parenting

    The Travelling ‘Rod’

    To kick start our ‘National celebrate the rod you’ve made for your own back’ week we thought we’d break our many ‘rods’ down into topics. When Pips and I got talking about our ‘rods’, the obvious ones were sleeping, eating and managing general behaviour but when I mentioned to Pips about having a ‘Travelling Rod’ blog, her response to me was that she doesn’t have problems in the car with her kids so “you can write that one“, my response was ‘good for you’ (and not in a passive-aggressive, eye-rolling, sarcastic tone at all… okay maybe just a bit). Well travelling with my kids can be ‘testing’ (shall we call it)…