LATCH vs ISOFIX Car Seats: What’s The Difference?
May14

LATCH vs ISOFIX Car Seats: What’s The Difference?

Car seat safety has changed a lot over the past 20 years. When I was a boy growing up in the UK, car seats weren’t rear facing at all and the law was very different to what it is today. In fact, until as recently as 2006, children over the age of 3 only had to use a car seat or booster seat, “if there was one available”. Imagine that? Also, children under the age of twelve were also able to sit in the front of the car without a car...

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15 Benefits Of Being Bilingual
Jan10

15 Benefits Of Being Bilingual

Those of you who have followed my blog for a while will probably have guessed that I’m a native English speaker. However, what you may not know is that my wife is Russian, and that we’ve decided to raise our daughter in a bilingual household. It’s one of the many parenting topics we’ve discussed at length over the past few years. Mia is currently 3 and a half and she can speak both languages fairly well,...

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9 Pacifier Alternatives For Toddlers
Oct03

9 Pacifier Alternatives For Toddlers

Are you thinking of getting rid of the pacifier, or do you want to avoid using one altogether? When my wife was pregnant, we always said we wouldn’t use a pacifier with our daughter. But 3 weeks after Mia was born, we were sat in the park, sleep deprived and exhausted…. Mia was screaming and crying, so we just popped a pacifier in her mouth. Silence. Some peace and quiet at last! We decided to get rid of the pacifier just after...

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Reward Ideas For Kids
Sep26

Reward Ideas For Kids

“Reward good behaviour. Be firm and strict with bad behaviour.” I’m sure like most parents, this is essentially your view on raising children. However, I’ve learnt over the past couple of years, it’s not always easy to implement this philosophy. Whether it’s because I’m tired after work, or distracted by something, I know there have been some instances when Mia has ‘got away’ with something.. ..or I haven’t praised her when she’s been...

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30 Activities For Toddlers At Home
Sep19

30 Activities For Toddlers At Home

Oh dear. You wake up, open the curtains and it’s absolutely pouring with rain outside. So much for accurate weather forecasting! You had planned to go to the park with your toddler and have a nice picnic. But instead it looks like you need to put your creative hat on and come up with some activities to do at home. As a father, I love taking my daughter out to different places. She gains some new experiences, and it’s just great to get...

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How Has Technology Changed Parenting?
Aug12

How Has Technology Changed Parenting?

It seems a distant memory growing up as a small boy in the 1980s. I can’t really remember living in the north of England for the first 3 years of my life, before we moved to London. (apparently I fell in the pond in our back garden, which gave everyone a nasty scare!) Fast forward to today and my parents are now both in their 70s and I find it enlightening to find out what life was like for them when they brought me up. My mum stayed...

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