Toddler on a time out stool in corner

Bad Behaviour: Is it Time Up for Time-Out?

Time-outs. Do you use this behaviour tool with your children? Have you ever? Does it work? Perhaps you have a naughty step or a thinking chair, perhaps you have a calm-down corner or a comfort space; there may be a million ways to refer to time-out just as there are a million variations of how to actually do it - undeniably, it has become a common technique for managing difficult childhood behaviour. But, what if I told you that psychologists now believed that frequent time-outs were just as harmful to our children as spanking; would you still send your children to the naughty step then? And what should you do to instil discipline instead?

Mumspiration – Lynn Warren Explains The Truth about Positive Birth

Growing a human is a big deal. Birthing a human is a mighty big deal. The entire process is incredible! Right at this very moment, as I sit here typing, a good friend of mine is in labour, about to experience birth through a mother's eyes for the first time. I can only hope that she gets the right birth for her, it all goes smoothly and she starts her journey as a parent feeling empowered, not fearful, in control, not fretful... time will tell. I met with Lynn Warren from Birth Easy to find out the truth about positive birth...

Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep with Neocate

Review: Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine

Tommee Tippee have recently released their Perfect Prep Day and Night machine, the upgrade to the original Perfect Prep model. If you read my earlier post on 5 Essential Buys to make Breastfeeding Easier and Mum Happier, then you'll know that I relied heavily on the Perfect Prep  whilst bottle-feeding my eldest son. Now, 3 years later, I am about to start weaning my second son from breast to bottle, and the question whether to dust off the old Perfect Prep or upgrade to a newer version has entered my head...

Village Hotel Room Watford

Chapter 4 – Why Self-Care Matters

Yesterday, I checked into the 'Village' hotel for a night away - a mama retreat if you will. 'The Village' - I think it's an apt name for a place to escape to whenever mum needs some respite. As I settled myself in, drinking a sneaky G & T in the sunshine, munching through a bag of Liquorice Allsorts...

PND vs The Terrible Twos: A Post For Survivors of Either

It wasn't until Little O's 10 month check, that I got diagnosed with anxiety and post natal depression. I'd been so focused on whether Little O could get a flippin' cheerio out of a plastic bottle or not, that I hadn't expected the health visitor to turn around and ask, "How are you coping?" The floodgates opened in dramatic fashion, a torrent of tears, soaking through a tonne of tissues, eyes swollen and bloodshot, not a pretty sight. Since then, (Little O is now 2) there have been the usual ups and downs of parenting. But every so often I get glimpse at what it's like to return to that dark, depressive state...