How to Create a Bookworm Using a Bedtime Reading Routine.

The benefits of reading to your child. If you read one book a night to your child, when they are 5 they will have read 1825 books. My greatest joy as a parent is reading my little girl her bedtime story every night. I have actually got annoyed with my partner when she has tried to take the job away from me. As she is nearly two years old I have started moving away from the quick reads. Into the world of chapter books. So far the books we have covered have been The Magic Faraway Tree, a personal favourite of mine from when I was a child. We have now started a series of books, where the heroine shares the same name as her. I am beyond excited at the prospect of starting to read Harry Potter to her. This is a tradition that has been passed on through many generations. As a child, I remember my mum reading to me, her father read to her. It was a tradition I was determined to continue. Since she was born I have missed only one evening. For this time I told her a story, over the phone, that I had memorised. It was actually the Billy Goats Gruff, a story I insisted my mum read to me at least once a week. If you don’t read to your children at night, I urge you to start. The benefits far outweigh the time. Incidentally, I always leave my phone downstairs when I go to read to her. No interruptions are allowed.

What to Do When Your Child Has an Infantile Seizure

The do’s and don’ts when faced with an infantile seizure. Infantile seizures are more common than you think. Last week my little one suffered a series of seizures, due to a high temperature. A temperature is anything over 37.5C when taking a child’s temperature, orally. In the majority of cases, these are nothing to worry about. They stop when the child turns 5 years old. They are also often only triggered by high temperatures. On rare occasions, they may be a sign of something underlying. It is always wise to seek medical attention on the first occasion.

Only Ain’t Lonely: Debunking The Single-Child Stigma by Jill Valentino

Because it takes a village, not the presence or absence of siblings, to raise a decent, well-adjusted kid. Until the age of 8, my firstborn daughter Saige was an only child. This was not my original plan. Secondary infertility extended my initial hope of a three year age gap to a reality of eight. And … Continue reading Only Ain’t Lonely: Debunking The Single-Child Stigma by Jill Valentino

Creating Memories With Your Family by Noemi McElearney

And why you always should, even when life is hectic.  Too often we become so busy with our day to day lives and we can get sucked into a monotone routine. It’s not our fault, it’s human nature. We can’t be upbeat every day and shouldn’t fault ourselves when we can’t. Sometimes we even forget what it’s like to crack a smile, tell a joke, or laugh because we are so busy trying to get life right. 

A Mother’s Comfort by Noemi McElearney

Sometimes that’s all your toddler needs. As some of you know I have been dealing with toddler tantrums lately. Dealing With Toddler Tantrums Though this is my second time around, don’t underestimate the woes of toddler tantrums.medium.com Tonight I started my evening routine as usual with my two girls. My oldest needed help with her … Continue reading A Mother’s Comfort by Noemi McElearney