• 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…

  • 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,  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,…

  • 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…

  • 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,  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)…