• Blogs,  New Year Resolutions

    No ‘New’ Years Resolutions Here: I’m D.U.N.N

    I used to love January… It used to be one of my favorite months of the year. Simply because it signalled a fresh start, a new plan, a new ‘me’ so to speak and it all used to start with my New Years Resolution! The problem is… I am Philippa DUNN. A woman who loves ideas, plans, resolutions, but does not live up to the name of getting anything DUNN! I’m pretty pants at sticking to any new years resolutions, and more often than not, the promises and plans made fall by the wayside or simply don’t get DUNN. So much so, I am practically drowning in my new years’ resolutions…

  • Blogs,  Books,  Rant

    Julia Donaldson: Credit Where Credit is Due!

    With the new year comes the New Year’s Honours List and there’s a few familiar faces on the list with Dame Twiggy and Sir Michael Palin just to name a couple of the big ones this year. Despite being a misery, I do actually really like the fact that we can recognise a persons contribution in this way and celebrate their outstanding career. I also really like that it’s not just the celebs that are given this prestigious credit, with charity workers, NHS staff and many others also getting a look in. I worked with several people during my time in the voluntary sector who had received OBE’s and MBE’s… and…

  • Blogs,  Christmas,  Humour

    The (Other) Queen’s Speech

    IT’S CHRISSSSSTTTTTTMAAAAS!!!! Wohooooooo!!! I’m sure by the time you’re reading this the novelty of Christmas has probably worn off? And who could blame you after an early start, a morning of clearing up shredded wrapping and breaking down boxes, maybe trying to see family and trying to get more food than is necessary ready for the feast! I’ll assume that you’ve probably already had a few cheeky sherries (or whatever tipple is traditional and acceptable in the AM in your house)… if you haven’t, then what are you playing at? Go pour yourself a glass of something festive and get ready for this queen’s speech!!! Today we get to hear…

  • Blogs,  Christmas

    Making Christmas Traditions

    So it’s my turn to post… late as usual but hey ho, I made it eventually! Last week we all read about Phil’s Christmas movie list and his must have films that make the season for him and his boys. Along with my must have crimbo telly, which I snuck in. So in an attempt to tell me to sod off and stop hijacking his blog, Phil very kindly drafted a Christmas blog for me to do on WordPress called ‘Christmas with Pips‘. Feel bad really, because he did put some work in to it, at least a whole 15-20 minutes. But as I sat and looked at the screen thinking of…

  • 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’…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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’.…

  • 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…