All your life you looked forward to the Autumn clocks changing because it meant you got an extra hour in bed and dreaded the Spring one as you got an hour less. Oh how times have changed now that we have a child in our lives!
Munch is an August baby and I remember just getting all settled and Munch was sleeping through and October arrived with its dreaded daylight savings, cue my panic!
Clock changes with children doesn’t need to be feared. Munch is now 2 and we tend to plan ahead for these things now, especially the Autumn one, as keeping a child in bed an extra hour is a bit trickier than say just getting them up an hour earlier.
Our plan of action is the same for both occassions. Starting on the Friday we will either keep her up an extra 30 mins (Autumn) or put her down 30 mins earlier (Spring). For us we always found 30 mins a manageable amount of time. If this seems daunting, or your child is younger, you could just start earlier in the week with smaller intervals of time each day.
On Saturday, our day will run either 30 mins ahead (in Autumn), or 30 mins behind (in Spring). This starts with getting her up 30 mins earlier/later and runs right through any snacks or meal times until night time again, where we then implement the second 30 mins (earlier or later depending on the time of year). By now we have already accounted for the hour, ready to get them up at the new ‘proper’ time on Sunday.
We find it simple, stressfree and for us it seems to work.
This year I have even recorded ‘In The Night Garden’ to play each night at the new time slot accordingly.
As this blog is about modern family living, it seemed quite fitting when I received an email to review the burp! boutique website!
burp! boutique originally began in 2011 when, like most of us, Kate was fed up of the gender stereotypical clothing available. Since then the company have grown and now include books, toys and home items (mainly wall prints).
Upon visiting burp! boutique for the first time I was greeted with a lovely fresh, colourful and fun feeling homepage, which was easy to navigate around. I instantly saw the free delivery for orders over £40, which is rare for an independent website.
As I continued through the site, I was delighted to see lovely clear image shots of the products, most of which I fell in love with!
The ‘play’ section is where you will find a selection of novelty soft toy characters. Jolly and delightful, I quickly snapped up Richtache by Noodol – £16.50 (Munch has a thing for moustaches at the moment.)
Continuing on to the ‘read’ section I was thrilled to see the ‘Pip & Posy’ series of books (another favourite of Munch’s). There are books for all age groups and even a great adult novelty book to take you through the first year of parenting, which would make a great humourous gift.
The ‘look’ section was full of bright and cheerful wall prints. Another basket add here was the Mr Bear print by Showler & Showler £38.99 (for when we refresh Munch’s bedroom). More beautiful vintage inspired prints can be found in this section.
For all you toddler fashion lovers out there, you will fall in love with the vast selection of up and coming and the more well established designers in the ‘wear’ section. Indikidual, Slugs & Snails (those famous baby tights!), Old Rectory, Tootsa MacGinty, Olive & Moss…to name but a few.
It’s plain to see why burp! boutique have been awarded Gold Website Award by Mumpreneur, as well as #SBS award by Theo Paphitis.
This website has now been added to my favourites. All in all it was a pleasurable shopping experience, with a smooth transaction. I would have loved to have bought so much more.
burp! boutique have been kind enough to offer my blog readers 10% off, using the code BLOG1310 – Visit them at www.burpboutique.com
Disclaimer: Although we were contacted for this review, the views and opinions and 100% mine and 100% honest.
Being a busy working mum, I was looking for a practical printable blog planner to help me organise my posts a bit better and optimise my content.
Having had a look online, nothing really gave me the space or column headings I was after. So I have come up with my own!
It won’t drain your printer ink. It gives you plenty room to take note of post ideas (when they pop into your head). It even helps you keep note of all those important login details, blog colour palettes and image widths (that up until now, I had scribbled on a raggy old post it note!)
There are three printables: Blog Post Planner, Weekly Blog Planner and Blog Information Sheet.
I love them so much (I am biased), that it would be remiss of me not to share these. You can download the pdfs below.
Enjoy and let me know what your think!
I’ve blogged before about competitive parenting and parenting labels and how every child and parent is different. Now before I get started, I’m in the camp of ‘each to their own’ when it comes to parenting and dislike seeing anyone being judged. But, with this in mind, I just can’t help but wonder what happens when all these different parenting styles, ideals and what we class as bad behaviour all come together?
Irrespective of what yours are. Whether they are manners, behaviour, food or lifestyle based, there will reach a point where all your efforts to curb these ‘no no’s’ and enforce these ideals will be put to the test.
When I started out as a parent, like most I had the grand idea of no juice, no sweets, no TV etc. Will these stand the test of time? The chances of someone raising a child with identical ‘ideals’ to me is highly unlikely. I’d go as far to say impossible! I will have to accept that these won’t stick. However, I’m not so ‘come and go’ with things like manners, swearing or hitting. We’ve been lucky so far with these and I would love these to continue right through to adult life (mmm, maybe not the swearing!)
Take Christmas for example. How long do you plan to keep the ‘magic of Christmas alive’? Unless everyone feels the same about it as you do, you can guarantee it will only last until someone in the class has been told. What about age restricted films and video games? It is worth spending time restricting this at home, only for them to go to a friends house after school where they may have access to them?
Ok, so Munch is only 2 and I have a few years yet before school (I know I worry too much). But take all of our little cherubs, each with their own set of ‘instilled morals and rights & wrongs’ and stick them together in a classroom, for example, which ones are going to last? I’m already seeing little cheeky habits she brings home from nursery. Nothing drastic. But I dread to think the future holds at primary and secondary school, especially in this day and age!
I know I have years of ‘but she’s allowed to do that/eat that/say that’ to come and I’m somewhat fearful of my prospective job as a ‘mummy lawyer’ having to justify each and every boundary I’m setting right now. Then comes the risk of your child being ostricised in the playground for your enforced ideals. Another of mine is facebook. I dread the thought of Munch being on it. Open to the possibility of bullying 24/7. But do I want her to be the only child not on it?
Will my five years of teaching Munch to say please and thank you be wasted when she meets someone on day 1 of school whose parents didn’t have that on their list?
It’s hard to predict what the future holds, but I for one am evaluating what we enforce now and how realistic is it that it will stand the test of time and clash of the parenting styles.