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.
Now is a brilliant time to get small children interested in natural history. New TV series Planet Earth II and Andy’s Baby Animals combined with museum visits get my 3-year-old daughter Tilly hooked.
The countdown has begun. The schools are back, meaning it’s now just a year until Tilly starts in reception and my time with her is dramatically reduced. This is our last opportunity for term-time fun and I have every intention of making the most of the next 12 months. There are preparations to make for school too, though, such as securing a much coveted place and getting reading and writing skills up to standard. Oh and then I need to work out what on earth I’m going to do once Tilly is at school. One way or another, it’s going to be a busy year.
I recently had a day to fill while ShireMum was at school dealing with exam results so I decided to take Tilly into London with half a plan of what we’d do. The summer holidays offer much in the way of activities but they can lead to queues at popular destinations. I wasn’t at all sure this would prove a friendly environment for my sensitive three-year-old daughter but she’s always asking me to go into London so I decided to try it out.
The school holidays are here and the kids need keeping busy for six long weeks. Together with Cassie at Mummy on a Budget, we have Buckinghamshire covered, with what’s on listings and ideas for days out across the county as well as the surrounding home counties and London. Whether it’s museums, outdoor spaces, crafts or fetes, you’ll find it here.
Tilly takes her phonics songs and gives them a surreal preschooler twist.
The Legoland pass for preschool aged children offers unlimited off-peak visits a year for only £60. Could this be the best value annual pass for stay-at-home parents? I take Tilly to find out.
Tucked away off a residential street in the leafy Buckinghamshire town of Beaconsfield is a wonder in miniature – the model village of Bekonscot. It is one of our local attractions so we know it well but if you live in London, the South East or are vaguely handy for the M40, you should certainly look it up. Here are five reasons why you should visit Bekonscot.
Introducing our children to the films that have influenced our lives can be both a hugely rewarding and terrifying experience. Let over-enthusiasm get the better of us by introducing a film too early and the child could be put off for life – disaster. We decided it was time to introduce three-year-old Tilly to Star Wars. Picking through the films carefully we put the DVD on and got a reaction we never expected.
My daughter loves pink and ponies. Turns out she loves duelling gladiators too.