Everyone wants their children to grow up with a love of books. I know that I did and I have one bookworm, but I also have one reluctant reader. Maxi is a capable reader, but he has never connected with books for whatever reason and it isn’t for lack of trying on my part! The fact is that reluctant readers are often boys, but the lack of interest in reading books isn’t just a boy thing. So how do you engage reluctant readers? I have teamed up with DisneyLife to bring you some tips for engaging reluctant readers.
As you know I am passionate about cooking with kids and one of the things that make me sad is that my boys can not learn to cook and bake with my mum like I did, especially as this coming Sunday 2nd October is Grandparents Day. But I am delighted to be working on this fab #CookSomethingGrand campaign about cooking with your grandkids.
Being at school can take some adapting to for children, especially after a holiday or for younger children who are just starting school. So I am working with Highland Spring to bring you some small ideas and tips for things that you can do to help your children during this time which will make everyone’s the school transition so much happier.
I find using a drawing prompt a great idea when sometimes children freeze when presented with a blank page. I love challenging the boys to draw their dream pet. it is a great activity that uses their imagination and as it is a dream pet it doesn’t have to be real at all. I recently looked after my best friends five year old and decided to challenge him to draw his dream pet.
We all know that maintaining a strong immune system is so important for your little ones, but did you know that 70% of the immune system is found in the gut? Healthy gut flora could help to protect against nasties such as diarrhoea, and common conditions such as eczema, hay fever, food intolerances and colic.
My boys don’t often ask for toys, but have been interested in a Teksta Robotic Puppy for the last three years and due to poor reviews, I have managed to talk them out of it. So when we were offered the new Teksta Robotic Puppy 5.00 to review I thought we would see what the fuss is all about and if they are worth the £59.99 that they cost.
Let’s talk cars. Believe it or not I only actually learned to drive when pregnant with Mini who is ten. Since then I have had three cars, each and every one of them French! I started off with a Peugeot 307 estate, then moved on to a Renault Grand Scenic and then downsized to a Citroën C3, which is five years old and called the snot rod. So what is it that Mum’s look for in a car?
If you are anything like me you do not throw anything way and I have a box full of felt scraps. Felt is such a beautiful material and perfect for making things with as it doesn’t fray. After using some of our felt scraps to make our Kandinsky inspired trees I decided to come up with some other ideas for using scraps of felt. teens and adults including simple sewing. Felt is such a flexible craft material.
I am delighted to be working with SSE in raising awareness of and increasing the opportunity for girls to get involved in football from a young age and am over the moon to be able to share with you this amazing video about football (soccer to my American readers) helping overcome life’s greatest challenges as part of SSE’s Dads and Daughters programme.
I am a really big advocate of cooking with children and getting kids in the kitchen from an early age. Some of my happiest memories are of helping my mum bake and cook, but more than just happy memories, she left me with the legacy of being pretty handy in the kitchen and this is something I am really keen to pass on to both my boys.