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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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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When Does Parenting Get Easier?
May15

When Does Parenting Get Easier?

My younger brother has 2 kids. One aged 9 and one aged 5. I sometimes have a chat with him about what it’s like being a parent when your kids start to grow up. A few months ago I asked the question… “Does it get any easier?” His response was..  “No, it gets harder” WHAT? I’m sure he was joking to some degree, but it got me thinking… I personally have already started to forget the first 6 months just after Mia was born. The...

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Parenting Nature vs Nurture
Mar15

Parenting Nature vs Nurture

For a long time parents have been discussing nature versus nurture and how it relates to a child’s development and skills as they get older. Understanding the debate and the science helps parents determine what they believe about their child’s abilities. In this blog post, I will look at how they both shape a child’s development. The Debate Of Nature Versus Nurture The debate of nature versus nurture has to do with the question...

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