Our 4-year-old daughter loves to draw and we’re always on the look out for new ways for her to express her art. We don’t use our blackboards a great deal so when the chance came along to revive them with some chalk markers from Chalkola, I was keen to give them a try.
I recently became aware that we had an addiction problem in our house. My daughter had begun to demand the iPad twice a day to get her fix of YouTube videos for children while I’d lazily become reliant on the time it gave me to get jobs done. When the iPad recently failed I decided enough was enough – we were both going cold turkey.
The twentieth century seemed like a revolutionary time for technology and it many ways it was. Yet there are many appliances and devices that endured the whole of the last century that my daughter will likely never use or own. I take a look through some of those everyday things that our children may simply be bewildered by.
You awake to Sonny and Cher on the radio, or rather, as it’s Christmas, Slade or Band Aid. You have all manner of things set up for your small child to have a magical Christmas, but it all goes wrong. The child is horrible for whatever reason and you fear that the holiday is ruined forever. Fear not, though, as next year you just do it all over again. Welcome to Groundhog Christmas Day.
The Christmas period is the absolutely best time to find TV entertainment for the kids, whether its showing them the classics or seeing the latest animated versions of their favourite books. Here’s my pick of the bunch from the main channels based on my browsing of the holiday listings so far…
Finding a first family holiday abroad for our picky eater daughter who has a dislike of new situations wasn’t going to be easy. It was late in the year yet we wanted a short flight and plenty to occupy and entertain three-year-old Tilly. Twenty years since my last family package holiday, I had a lot to learn.
If Tilly is anything to go by, small children really enjoy a variety of activities. They love seeing animals, playing and going on rides and when you combine them all you’ve got a winning combination for a full day out. That’s precisely what Paradise Wildlife Park offers, located in eastern Hertfordshire near Broxbourne. Read about our day plus have the chance to win a family ticket to the park with our giveaway – worth over £60.
Transforming a child’s behaviour can come from the least expected of places. When organised play isn’t working, try talking them away into nature. That’s just what we did with Tilly and it worked wonders.