• Blogs,  Rant

    The FT Parent Roast

    Since joining the blogging world I’ve discovered a new phrase, so to speak, which I’ve found most used in the parenting bloggers community. It’s a phrase I find quite unsettling for a number of reasons, but rather than rant, rave or ‘roast’ (which I purposefully titled to get your attention). I’d like to explain why I feel unsettled by the phrase and why it is something we as parents or bloggers should STOP using. I’m sure my opinion will divide many, so I’m wearing my armour ready for the back lash. But please hear me out… The phrase which I’m referring to is ‘FT’ [Full Time] Parent. There’s a number…

  • Gift Ideas,  Home Products,  Keepsakes,  Review

    Photo Keepsakes from My-Picture.co.uk

    When My-Picture.co.uk asked the Parenting Phils to team up and review a product from their website, I thought great, this place has just the thing I’m looking for! Over the last few months I’ve been putting together a memory box for the boys, which has things in it like the outfit they wore leaving the hospital, first toy, cards, sentimental gifts from family, all those sorts of things. The things I basically can’t part with. Then I came across the ‘Photo Blanket’ on My-Picture.co.uk and again thought ‘great’! This would make a fab addition to the boy’s memory box… and clearly so did BOTH of them as when it arrived, this…

  • Blogs,  Kids Entertainment,  Toys

    Toys that make my 🔥’Burns List’🔥

    Out of all the toys your child or children have, I bet only a couple of them are played with the most. They’re usually the ones that cause the most mess when being played with, the most arguments because they can’t be shared, the most noise, the most tears, the most tantrums… you catch my drift? 🤦 Your child loves these toys but you hate them. You rue the day you bought them, or accepted them, unwittingly not knowing that this toy was going to cause you harm, physically and/or emotionally. You’ve tripped, slipped, kicked and fell over it escaping near death umpteen times a day. You’ve chucked it in…

  • Blogs,  Working Parent

    Work-Life-Family-Balance

    Returning to work after maternity leave is a daunting feeling for any parent. The worry of missing your child’s first milestones, the logistical nightmare of organising appropriate and affordable childcare and of course the simple stress of another plate you need to spin, are all but a few things that run through your mind constantly whilst preparing to return to work. Of course, this isn’t said for all parents. For some, returning to work is welcomed with open arms! Holding a conversation that doesn’t involve the constant motion of your bodily functions and being able to dress in something other than leggings and a baggy T (because lets face it,…

  • Baby Product,  New Mum,  Reviews

    My BEST Buy: Chicco Next2Me Side Sleeping Crib

    I’ve mentioned this product in a previous blog about preparing for a new baby, but I just don’t feel like I’ve sung it’s praises enough yet… so here is my full review. When asked, ‘What was your best buy for baby?’, my answer was always the Chicco Next2Me Side Sleeping Cradle The reason why? It’s key features are ALL welcomed life savers when it comes to caring for your baby in the first 6 months. It can be used like any other cot, except with it’s 6 adjustable heights, you can see into the cot from your bed or have it at a height that allows you to see through the…

  • Blogs,  Potty Training

    Small Steps to Potty Training

    Not quite sure where am going with this blog… whether it be a rant, ramble, confession, advice, personal experience, who knows! It’s probably a little bit of everything. What I do know and can say quite confidently is, that I HATE POTTY TRAINING! Currently I am writing this blog from the ‘Pip’s Potty Training Hub’, on day two of actual full on potty training. Not threatening to do, or preparing to do, but actually ‘doing’ potty training. I say this because I’ve been attempting to do this for such a long time, and nothing has come of it and I have to say it is the most relentless and tiresome…

  • Days Out,  Reviews

    Cheshire Ice Cream Farm

    Have you noticed when something has been specifically designed for children, its always accompanied by a high price tag? Fear no more, this place I’m about to share with you is FREE ENTRY, and incredible, but more importantly, FREE ENTRY! As well as free entry there are areas you can spend the day playing in for FREE too, and if you fancy treating the kids, other play areas range from £1 to £4.50, giving you a choice of how much or little you are willing to spend. It’s the Holy Grail of children’s theme parks. Named one of the TOP attractions in Britain in the Telegraph 2017, the park attracts…

  • Blogs,  New Mum

    Preparing for Baby (without going shopping MAD!)

    Like most people, if I had my time over again I would do some things differently, and the same would be said about preparing for when baby arrives. For my first, I spent a small fortune on baby items that I hardly used. Googling check list after check list, searching for the best deal, and not really understanding what I needed it for. My necessities list quickly turned into a niceties list, and I bought because I thought I MAY need it, and often I didn’t. I can’t be too hard on myself though, becoming a new mum or dad is such an important time in your life, so it’s…

  • Children's Health,  Share A Story

    Guest Blog: Children’s Postural Awareness for Parents

    The last of our guest blogs for National Share A Story Month comes from Roberta Cardoso, a Physiotherapist and author of Physiotherapy Today. Roberta has kindly offered to share her story and some great advice with us regarding children’s posture and the importance of getting it right early to avoid complications later in life. Children’s Postural Awareness for Parents by Roberta Cardoso Before we explore posture in children, I wanted to share with you a little about myself. I was born in Brazil but raised in America from the age of 14. Here, I graduated with an A.S. degree in Exercise Physiology. I loved sports so started competing professionally in triathlons…

  • Parenting,  Share A Story

    Guest Blog: Choosing NOT to be a Parent

      Our next Guest Blogger, for National Tell A Story Month is, Natasha Davidson. Our fabulous Scottish lady shares with us her story of why she has chosen to not have children. A personal, honest and thought provoking blog from a very lovely lady. Choosing NOT to be a Parent by Natasha Davidson. So I decided to write this post, not to defend my decision because I shouldn’t need to, but more to explain it and share a different point of view.  While people opting out of becoming a parent is much more common nowadays, I still think the decision I have made is largely viewed as strange to most,…

  • Humour,  Share A Story,  Weaning

    Guest Blog: For The Love of Weaning

      Our next Guest Blogger for National Tell A Story Month is Helene. An extremely familiar post that resonates well with us, giving a frighteningly accurate account of the woes of weaning. A perfect post just in time for National Weaning Week. For anyone going through this process give it a read, it reminds you that you’re not the only one muddling through! Enjoy.   For the Love of Weaning by Helene I’m a mum of a two year old and a nine month old, this is what I know about weaning. After bringing my first baby home and a disastrously emotional negotiation of the breast feeding or formula feeding minefield,…

  • Dads,  Labour,  Pregnancy,  Share A Story

    Guest Blog: Would You Rather…. Be In Labour or Watch Labour?

    Our next Guest Blogger for National Share A Story Month is not only a Dad… he’s also Parenting Phil’s Pips other half! This should make for an interesting read….   Would You Rather… Be in Labour or Watch Labour? by Gary Douglas   As a father, I found the whole 9 months of pregnancy and the resulting childbirth extremely stressful. So much so, I started to suffer with Alopecia, weeks into the announcement of our first and second child. The overriding worry for myself was‘ What if something goes wrong?’.  ‘What if something goes wrong’ was a thought I didn’t want to talk about with Pips in too much depth, the…

  • Blogs,  Humour

    CBA: because I can’t be CBA’d to think of another title

    Let me introduce you to what can only be described as a syndrome, suffered by many parents alike. Now for all you medical folk this is a satirical post, however I do think I’m on the cusp of discovering a new medical condition. Though in part, for most of us parents this condition can be quite serious in its severity and can affect even the strongest and most capable parents. It’s called, “CAN’T BE ARSED” syndrome. CBA for short, and I’ve got it bad! I first noticed it coming on when I had my second child, but if I’m honest, it was always teetering in the background with my first.…

  • Blogs,  National Sibling's Day

    Bro Meets Bro

    Tuesday 10th April was National Siblings Day, and even though its somewhat an Americanised event, its still recognised in the UK. So in the spirit of celebrating this day, I thought I’d share with you our experience of introducing Bob to his little brother Teddy, and the trials and tribulations of cementing bonds between a two year old and a baby. Whilst pregnant with my second we always spoke to our eldest about his new baby brother coming. He was only fourteen months at the time, two when baby arrived. When my body started to change and there was no getting away from the subject, we talked none stop about…