• 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to introduce a lovely children’s book called ‘One for Sorrow’, written by a gentlemen called Mr Gresty, who is an unpublished author from our neck of the woods – The North West, so naturally we tuned-in, to support our region!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,  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,  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…

  • 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…

  • 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,  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,  Reviews

    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…