Parenting is the hardest job I have ever had. In fact it isn’t really a job as I can not resign, can I? So anything I can do to make it easier is great by me. In the past I think parenting hacks were often just called tips, but no matter what they are called I totally dig finding new ones. I used to think that some of these hacks were just old wives tales (like the vapour rub on feet), but when you have a child coughing at 3am, you will try anything!
Do you love Autumn? We are lucky in the UK to have four distinct season and I adore how different each one is. I love the low cost and no costs seasonal family activities too so I have decided to do a graphic for our 50 Autumn Activities for Kids.
Themed parties are always such huge successes for children. They beat bog-standard bashes hands-down, because normally they encompass something a kid truly adores. Harry Potter, Disney princesses and superheroes are just a few of the popular themes that come to mind.
We love decorating for Halloween and this super simple clay ghost tealight is a fun craft activity perfect for kids to make.
How much do your children know about how other kids their age live in different counties? I am going to admit that my boys are somewhat sheltered when it comes to poverty and the rest of the world. I am also going to admit that it is my fault that this has happened, that I have protected them from a lot of the things in the news. But now they are nine and ten, I feel that they are old enough to learn more about the world and the people in it.
Nasi Goreng or Indonesian fried rice as it is translated is one of our favorite ways to use up any cooked rice we have leftover. It is a great meal, that both the boys love and super simple to make. Plus you can add whatever you have in the fridge.
Kids love baking, it is kind of magical how those ingredients can make something so delicious and cooking with kids is a great activity. We love these spider web cupcakes, as they are simple to make and easy for kids to decorate too. Oh and they are super cute for Halloween too!
Do your kids drink enough water? It is something that you can control a little when they are younger, but once they reach school age it is hard to have any impact on the amount they drink during school hours. So how do you encourage your children to drink more water? The MiniMads are taking the Fill&Go challenge and trying to increase their water intake at school to 1.2 litres a day #BetterWithBrita #momsoninstagram Do your kids drink enough water at school? A photo posted by Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse) on Sep 15, 2015 at 8:44am PDT
We LOVE making pom poms. They are great for working on fine motor skills and for using up bits of yarn. We are not so keen on spiders in real life, but what do you get when you cross pom poms, pipe cleaners and spiders? A not so scary pom pom spider of course!
I have mentioned that we love audio books here in “The Mad House”. They are great for encouraging kids to read and really bring stories to life. We have been listening to The Jungle Book – The Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling. Read on to see just what we thought about it…..
My boys are sports mad and rugby is no exception. They are really looking forward to the Rugby World Cup. So why not use this sporting event to encourage your kids to do some rugby crafts and activities.
Mini has worn glasses since he was two years old. He has also been going to the swimming pool since he was 3 weeks old. He has always been a very water confident child, but we did encounter issues with him in large group situations at swimming lessons and that was when we learned about prescription swimming goggles for kids from his swimming tutor.
I love Scooby Doo as do the boys. Scooby Doo is one of those programs that makes me laugh and them too! How would you like to win a £150 gift card for Smyths Toys, wouldn’t that be great for Christmas? I actually think that the new Scooby Doo LEGO would make great Christmas gifts.
Aside from instilling the right values to your children, it is also important that you help them find their unique personal style. Yes, it’s true that having a pleasant attitude and respecting others can win you friends. However, it won’t hurt if they also look good on the outside too. First impressions leave a big mark to people, so it’s important that they look their best when going out.
I was walking down the high street the other day and I caught a reflection in a shop window and it took my breath away. I could have sworn that I caught a glimpse of my mum, but that would have been impossible as she has been dead nearly five years. What I actually saw was me, but not the me in the mirror, the real me.
One of the things we love as a family is movie nights and the whole family LOVE is Marvel and superhero stuff. I am a fan of Captain America (be still my beating heart), Mini likes the Hulk Best, MadDad is a Batman fan and Maxi likes Thor!
The United Kingdom’s (UK) toy industry has been responsible for some of the most famous and lucrative toys in history. This success isn’t just attributable to the ‘fun’ aspect of these toys, but also to the fact that they offer an educational element. This isn’t exclusive to the UK’s toy industry either – some of the most recognisable toys from around the world have educational benefits.
Having children in your home can make it appear smaller than it is anyway with the clutter of toys everywhere, but even if you live in a small studio apartment for example, here are a few hints and tips on how to embrace the space you have and utilise it to the best of its ability.
Pinecones are just amazing. Autumn has such beautiful bounty and one of our favorite crafts of the past was our pinecone owls and when we got them out recently Mini commented that pinecones look a little like hedgehogs, which is what inspired our pinecone hedgehogs.
As you know I am a big fan of adult colouring pages. I find colouring in a real release and they keep my hands busy whilst I am sitting and ensure that I can really shut off.