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.
One corner of High Wycombe is fast becoming a go-to destination for parents of preschool aged children.
I find play cafes to be a great fallback option during the cold and wet winter months when options for getting your little one to let off steam is limited. We’ve been fortunately to have had several local play cafes in what is a fairly rural area however I’ve been saddened to see two close in nearly as many weeks, meaning the search for new venues is on.
The speech of two-year olds is the stuff of adorably cute memories that, if your family is anything like mine, are repeated for decades. Take bizarre names for people and objects, add a dash of accidental comedy genius and combine with an infant’s uniquely surreal take on the universe and you’ve got the recipe for an abundance of special moments. Tilly is no exception and having just turned three years of age and now speaking with remarkable fluency, I took a look at the meteoric and often hilarious rise of language from my daughter.
Child friendly activities can feel thin on the ground at the start of the year. The weather is cold and wet, while many attractions are closed. Fortunately the February half term sees many reopen with bags of events to boot. Here’s my pick of toddler and preschooler days out this February half term for South Buckinghamshire, South West Herts and the surrounding area.
Not since Tilly finally got around to walking have I anticipated a stage in her development quite so much as her starting preschool. She’ll be socialising with peers, playing, learning and giving me some much needed time to get on top of everything else. After a tough year, I’m counting on it being the change I need to claw back some control from a toddler-led life.
At nearly three it’s the first year that Tilly has been reasonably aware of Christmas, yet it’s by no means been certain that our bright and rational little girl would accept the magical idea that is Father Christmas.
Our nearly three-year-old Tilly has become unusually clingy at bedtime, refusing to go off to sleep without me staying in her room. At the same time her night-time sleeping started going downhill too with night waking becoming all too regular. As the sleep problems grew, I decided to it was time to try the gradual retreat technique.
Please note that this venue is now closed. Play cafes tend to feature a climbing frame but our latest discovery in Beaconsfield offers more traditional play along with impressive food and drink.
We’ve been immersed in the playgroup circuit for a year now. If you’re unfamiliar with the format, picture rooms full of activities and toys and loads of toddlers going around doing their own thing. That’s the thing: despite their numbers, all of the play is very much done individually as interacting with others doesn’t really kick in until around three years of age.