toddler running along road - road safety teach them young

Aria being a late walker has meant that I haven’t had to worry about road safety, she has always been safely strapped into her pushchair whenever we have been out and about. Fast forward to month three of walking and I am a wreck. As she becomes more confident road safety is becoming more of a worry, both at home and out. You see, we don’t have a front garden, our front door opens out on to the pavement. All it would take is a split second for Aria to break free and be out on the road.

I try to make safety fun for Aria, but it isn’t always easy. We always look for the green man when using traffic lights which she loves, especially when the lights make the beeping noise, but being forced to hold my hand when walking along a narrow pavement isn’t quite as much fun. Thankfully there are so many resources to help, such as this free interactive road safety quiz. The game guides them through safe crossing, safe bike riding and much more – they even get a certificate at the end. Books are another great way of teaching them and can be referred to time and time again, you know, so that you can really drill it into them!

 

I reached out to some of my fellow bloggers and asked them to share their top tips, phrases and tricks for keeping their children safe on the roads :

KellyI often say, whether crossing or not, ‘Look where you’re going, not where you’ve been…’

Danielle – We always talk about the green man and what it means. And comment on how some people cross when he is red and how you shouldn’t do that. It upsets biggest a lot sometimes as he really needs people to stick to the rules!

Emily – I always tell my littles that ‘we must always walk when crossing roads, never run’. I’ve started applying it to scooting too now my eldest likes to take her scooter everywhere!

Samantha – Lead by example – don’t cross the road if the green man has yet to appear (even if there is no traffic and it feels like it’s taking ages).

Niki – I always emphasise that we’re not in a rush, there’s no need to run across the road (even if we are running late!)

PaigeI’ve always taught both my children from a young age to never run by the road and to hold my hand, press the button and wait for the green man to appear, hold my hand crossing the road or the pram. If there isn’t a crossing look both ways, listen for any cars listen again then to make it fun we run to the other side.

Sharon – Don’t trust drivers on zebra crossings. My teen daughter was hit (not badly) by a motorist who failed to stop. Wait until they have completely stopped before you step out.

Sarah – I always get mine to get off of their bikes or scooters and walk across the roads. I’ve always said look right, look left and look right again. Always encourage them to walk and not run across the roads!

Kirsty – This song sticks with me from my own childhood, my mum played it for me and I’ll be playing it for my little one: it’s catchy and has a solid meaning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIHsS160aDo

Samantha – My daughter is only 2.5 but she already knows and understands the phrase ‘cars on the road, people on the path’. Trying to start small and build it up! She repeats it whenever we are out and about.

Lauren – From since they were little, we’ve always said ‘check all around for moving cars’ and been very serious about waiting for the green man, then checking for moving cars before crossing at traffic lights. Seb actually told off a policeman once who was about to cross before the green man arrived!

Julie – To the tune of ‘Here we go round the mulberry bush’:

This is the way we cross the road,
Cross the road,
Cross the road,
This is the way we cross the road,
We stop, look and listen.

What are your top tips for teaching children road safety? Please leave them in the comments!

 

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parents the real superheroes

npower Parenting Super Powers

Do you know what, parenting is flipping hard. We, as parents, are the unsung super heroes. Watch out Batman and Superman; the parents the real superheroes are coming for you – dirty nappies in tow!

 

What makes us parents the real heroes I hear you ask? Plenty!

Parents have an inhuman amount of strength that kicks in during emergencies. You have a wriggler on the changing mat and need to prevent them smudging their poo everywhere? No problem! Super parent can hold them in place with one super strong hand whilst cleaning up their mess with the other. Your toddler falls over and refuses to walk? No problem! We’ll just carry them all the way home.

Super hero parents have an insane talent for stomaching smells. Right from the very second they are born those babies stink. In fact, one of the things that most shocked me about having a newborn was the stench of her poos and even her farts! As parents we just deal with this because we are heroes.

Parents have a fantastic ability to keep calm, even when we really, really want to lose our sh*t. Let’s be honest, if anyone else walked in your house, threw food everywhere, fell all over the place and back chatted, maybe even slapped you if my daughter is anything to go by, it would be hard to resist the temptation to go spare. Not when you’re a parent. You just roll your eyes and nicely ask your child to behave.

We have an unnatural ability to run off zero, to very little, sleep for extended periods of time. Newborn waking up every two hours for a feed? No problem, I’m a parent I can deal with that and function like a normal person (while looking after a newborn) during the day. Toddler still not sleeping through the night? Pfft, sleep is for the weak anyway.

Do you know what makes us superheroes thrive? Our children. They are the Robin to our Batman and the very reason that we develop these miraculous powers.

I would love to hear all about your parenting superpowers, and so would npower, so much so that if  you share a video or image of your parenting super powers with npower at familysuperpowers.com you could win one of three UK theme park resort breaks, don’t forget to share on twitter too using #familysuperpowers and @npowerhq.

 

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Toddler sat playing on bed - blog post with hints and tips on smooth transition from cot to bed

I mentioned a little while ago that my toddler has transformed into a sleep demon. It’s quite typical of her really, she doesn’t like to conform to stereotypes so of course she would be ‘backwards’ and sleep through when babies typically don’t; and then digress to not sleeping when toddlers typically do. Typical Aria. We’ve tried a few things to get her back into a good sleeping routine, all of which have failed miserably. The next step was to make the transition from a cot to a bed, so, when Emma Mattress got in touch asking if we would like to review one of their single mattresses* we decided to take the plunge and move straight from the cot into a single bed. Why waste time and money with a toddler bed?

 

Pretty much as soon as we put the bed up Aria came down with a Viral Infection, she was super poorly and clingy and it just didn’t feel right to put her into a new bed while in this state. Instead, Spencer slept in Aria’s new bed while Aria slept with me. Spencer gave it a big thumbs up and was actually quite disapointed when Aria had recovered enough to trial her new bed – high praise for the man who is dead set against co-sleeping.

 

During the time that Aria was ill I sat her on her new bed during the day with her toys, this was a great way to get her used to the bed without piling the pressure on her. We decided to pile the bed with things that Aria loves, i.e. Peppa Pig. We bought Peppa bedding and stuck a little Peppa sticker on the wall next to the bed, above her Peppa pillow. Knowing how much Aria likes to throw herself around the bed resulted in a search for a long bed guard, most of them are quite short and I didn’t trust that they would prevent her from taking a dive.

 

Fast forward a little while and Aria has now been sleeping in her ‘big girl bed’ for two weeks – did the transition from a cot to a bed help with the sleepless nights? A little. I am so glad that we made the move. Aria still wakes up once most nights, but has a bottle and almost always goes straight back to bed. Sometimes there will be a few tears but when left to settle she gets over it within around two minutes.

 

Aria loves her ‘big girls bed’ and I am so glad that we made the move. Every morning, or at least on the mornings when she wakes up in a good mood, she excitedly sits in bed and points out all the Peppa’s to me, which is usually followed up by a tour of her soft toys and then switching the night light on and off. She is so proud of her bed and it just melts my heart.

 

Spencer and I are extremely jealous of her new bed, the mattress from Emma is so comfortable and also pretty damn cool, even the way it arrives is impressive, it comes rolled up in a box and once opened it comes to life and ‘puffs’ up, I filmed a little video showing the unboxing and ‘puffing’. We highly recommend Emma Mattresses; who wouldn’t want a comfortable foam mattress delivered to their door?

 

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Hello! My names Eilidh and I’m the blogger behind Maisy Meow. As a first time mum to 3 month old Oliver, I’m still learning the ropes with this whole motherhood thing and I’m sharing my experiences along the way. Baby chat aside, I love interiors and anything Pinterest related. My blog is a bit of everything going on in my head, alongside some pretty pictures, so make yourself a cuppa and drop by for a visit.

how to cope with unwanted parenting advice blog post

Before I start this post, I want to be the first to point out the irony. Yes, this post in itself is parenting advice but let’s assume that if you’ve clicked on this, you’re open to it. Now, with that out the way…
One of the many surprises when becoming a parent is how many people want to tell you how to do it. Whether you’re doing something ‘wrong’, doing too much of this or not enough of that, everyone wants to share their pearls of parenting wisdom when they see a new baby. If you’ve asked for the advice or it’s coming from a close friend or relative, great. I often ask for baby advice on my blog or on my instagram and I love reading through all the tips from everyone. But when it’s a stranger in the supermarket, you’re stressed out and sleep deprived, advice on your parenting can come across as criticism or to put it bluntly, a slap in the face.
Every baby is different. The breakthrough trick that worked with someone else’s baby might be one in a list of failed attempts you’ve had with yours. Or you might have already heard that cliche baby ‘tip’ from the lady on the bus this morning (and the man at the checkout this afternoon). If you’re like me, you probably have a pre-made rant that you could recite every time this situation occurs but let’s face it, do you really want to spend your days lecturing every self-declared parenting expert you come across?
Unwanted baby advice is something that’s going to come your way whether your like it or not, unfortunately, and the best thing you can do for yourself is to learn how to handle it. 
First things first, remember that behind every piece of advice is a good intention. You might have to wade through some judgement and ignorance to find it sometimes, but everyone who gives you baby advice is ultimately trying to help in their own way.
It’s also important to set the boundaries for advice as early as you can. The worst thing you can do is get yourself into a situation where you bite your tongue the first few times then suddenly snap and lose your temper after hours of unwanted baby advice. If you don’t want to hear it, give them a simple smile, ‘thanks’ and move on with your day. You don’t have to justify yourself, or tell them why their advice isn’t useful to you. Don’t allow the conversation to begin. Silence is powerful and will make it pretty clear that you’re not interested. 
You can unintentionally invite advice from people if you’re talking about an issue you’re facing with your baby.  You might just be looking for someone to listen, but the natural response is for the other person to try and help in some way. Learn to expect advice in this situation and be careful who you vent to. 
And lastly, the simple advice that’s definitely easier said than done – rise above it. You’re the parent and you know your baby better than anyone. You know what advice to take on board, what to discard and you will ultimately make a decision based on what’s best for you and your baby. Handling unwanted parenting advice is just another challenge that comes with the parenthood package and at the end of the day, it can only make your skin thicker. 

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aka, the terrible twos. That’s right, my sweet little daughter is officially a twatty two. She isn’t even two until next month, she is behind with pretty much everything else but she just couldn’t wait to get this ‘phase’ started. I use inverted commas because I really hope that it is just a phase and not an actual personality transplant.

Blog header image baby crying with header text 'the twatty twos aka the terrible twos' blog post all about the struggles of a tantruming, clingy toddler

So what do the twatty twos involve…

Well my darling daughter has a tendency to be an angel in front of others, people often look at me in disbelief when I tell them that she is in fact the devil reincarnated. She is actually shy at times, when there are lots of people about she often looks to me for help and guidance. We attend a regular music and dance class and she won’t even go and get an instrument herself, I have to go with her.

Well, I’ll let you in on a not so secretive secret. It is all an act.

At home she is clingy, stroppy and demanding.

She hands me the remote and says ‘Peppa’, she cries when adverts come on in the middle of Peppa, I get that adverts are annoying but come on!

She has perfected ‘the drop and strop’ in remarkable style.

family photo, mother given up toddler stropping and dad just lying there

Just the other day she decided that she wanted to sit on my lap to eat her food instead of high chair, she cried, and cried, and cried, so I took her out of her highchair and put her on the floor. Of course that wasn’t giving her what she wanted as she wanted to be on my lap. She looked me straight in the eyes and… threw a pea at me as hard as she could, which isn’t very hard but still.. devil reincarnated. Where did she get the pea I hear you ask? It was one of many that she had thrown on the floor when I sat her down to eat her tea of course.

She is clingy to the point that I can’t do anything. She cries when I leave the room, even if just for a drink. She refuses to nap, unless of course it’s on me. She cries in pushchair when she is tired as she wants me to carry her so that she can sleep on me. She will cry all the way home, even if we are an hour away.

People say that I should make the most of my little cling on, why would you moan about your baby wanting to spend time with you and giving you constant cwtches, they ask. Because, I am a person and I have a life and I have things to do that aren’t really doable with a toddler clinging onto my yoghurt covered leggings and screaming.

Don’t get me wrong, a clingy day here and there is nice, it means sitting on the sofa watching films and not doing much else, but when it comes to day eight of not even being able to go to the toilet without an audience it really gets quite shitty (sometimes even literally..).

Other twatty behaviour includes crying because she wants a yoghurt rather than the pizza that I’ve given her (why!?!), crying because she is tired but doesn’t want to go to bed and crying because my iPad is allowed to be used for nothing other than Peppa Pig related activities.

and don’t even get me started on Earl the twat cat.