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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu So… I've enrolled Little Yum-Yum into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes. The main reason is because he was being bullied at school. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not saying he should just go and start random fights. I just want him to know how to defend himself.

Improving Your Child's Cognitive Development Your child's brain and cognitive functions develop throughout different stages in life. According to Jean Piaget's theory, your child's cognitive development is broken down into 4 different life stages; these stages are as follows:. These stages are broken down to signify the different cognitive milestones that happen within specific age groups.

Why Your Child Should be Playing Sports As parents, we always want the best for our children. If our children are happy and healthy, we are too. The generation of today is often hidden behind a screen; recent studies have shown that the average age for a child to get their first smartphone is 10.3.

Change Dan and I are usually on the same page about things. Or, maybe not the same page, but at least on the same chapter. I think that's how we've managed to hold things together for the last 25 years. We want the same things out of life. We treasure our family and friends and value experiences over things.

Gavin's Nursery The boy's rooms have become two of my favorites in the house. Nothing is sweeter than an adorable kids room or a quaint nursery where your littles will grow, play and develop. Gavin's nursery is painted in Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore and has subtle accents of white and blue sprinkled throughout.

Big Buys Now That Will Save Money Later Big Buys Now That Will Save Money Later. Being frugal doesn't mean being cheap. A person who is cheap tries to save every penny possible, buying the absolute cheapest of items for the sake of being a miser and watching those numbers in their bank account grow.

Ladybug Suncatcher Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers We love making suncatchers here in the Rainy Day Mum house, they are easy to make and low mess. This Easy Ladybug Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers makes a beautiful Ladybug Suncatcher for your windows.

9 Things to do in Nerja - Costa del Sol, Spain Here's a list of all the things you can do while you are visiting Nerja to make the most of your Spanish holiday. The Balcon De Europa is one of the main meeting points in Nerja and is a lovely place to take a stroll and watch the world go by.

Mum shares her super simple and budget-friendly parenting hacks that stop her toddlers destroying her bathroom Super-simple and budget-friendly, Australian mum-of-two Kimberley Bosley has secured her loo roll using a hair tie. Seriously, why has no one thought of this before? Better still, the inventive Mum also locked the bathroom cabinets using the boys' own plastic toys - like we said, the woman is a genius.

Body image and kids - how to promote a body positive household She was absolutely terrified of going out into the pool area in her bikini. As she sobbed to her friend that her boobs were too big, her thighs were too big, her bum was too round, groups of other kids threw themselves into the water outside, splashing each other and laughing.

End-Of-Our Rope Mom Moments Fortunately, it was the home of a close friend and she was totally beyond gracious about it. Looking back at it now, I can just roll my eyes and think, "Oh my gosh, remember that? Haha, what a memory.

Survival Guided As we're aproaching the 1 year mark for Casey/ parenting 2, I thought I'd do a little post about things that have helped, hindered and things we couldn't live without. A survival guide if you will. First off, top 5 essential purchases;.

Hello! I prefer the idea of this being a safe place where I can be a bit secretive it's like being a teenager again lol. So anyway, a bit about me. My name is Amelia, I'm 21 but I'm turning 22 in 2 weeks 2 days. I'm a single mumma to my daughter India who was born at the beginning of 2018 and is the best thing ever!

Summer activities and where to find the best deals and free activities! The summer holidays can be so expensive can't they? And finding different things to do to keep the kids busy can be so exhausting! Well I thought I'd put a list together for you guys of things to do in the summer holidays and where to find great deals or even free activities!

Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps - the UK version…. I first came across Dave Ramsey a few years ago now and I kind of discounted them as they were very US centric and also seemed very much like common sense things to do. More recently though, I've gone back to them and adapted them to myself so today, I'm going to share with you Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps - the UK version.

Review: the 4-Week Protein World Slender Plan I've just completed the 4-week Slender Plan from Protein World, and so I'm sharing my honest opinion of what I thought of the products as well as my weight loss/fitness results. There's also a cookie recipe.

How to Save Money on Your Last Minute Summer Holiday Travel, particularly in the summer holidays can be an expensive activity, yet for many parents, it is the most suitable time to go away due to the school holidays. There's also sometimes a sense of pressure to keep up with the playground parents all discussing their break away, and you don't want your children to feel left out.

Loneliness in Parenthood As I'm writing this, my husband has just finished his week of night shifts and next week he'll be working afternoons. Both of these shifts I tend to feel a little less in sync with the world compared to his morning shifts. On nights, we're all together from late afternoon time and on the afternoon shift we're briefly together in the morning.

Crazy Days Apologies for the lack of posts recently. It has been crazy round here lately. Crazy. The last couple of weeks have been manic backwards and forwards conversations between estate agents, solicitors, pest control, removal companies and ferrying the huge amount of boxes out of our loft and into our playroom.

How to plan Instagram for the month in less than a day Everyone tells us it's meant to be social and a wonderful way to engage with your audience. But how do you do that? You have no time. You're already running around trying to grab images and think up captions that will connect you with your audience on the fly.

Tried & Tested Tuesday Welcome to another Tuesday, and another Tried and Tested. The summer holidays are well and truly on the horizon - are you ready? In case you are new here - let us tell you what Tried and Tested is all about. We all know how useful reviews can be. Most bloggers do them - be it things they have bought themselves or have been asked to review.

The worst part of being a dad Being a dad is a complicated thing. It's hard, it's great, it's challenging, it's fun, it's tiring, it's fulfilling. Yes it's true that it is an amazing life-changing experience. Ask any dad with a semblance of emotional health and they'll probably tell you that in some way you find you love your kids more than you love your spouse.

Little boxes It's usually the hardest to sort because my girl never forgets anything. She knows exactly what she has. I have learnt my lesson not to throw or give anything away without discussing it with her. We fill our lives with so much nonsense and majority of the time these things get left in some drawer to collect dust.

Returning to day life I am slowly getting used to the morning routine, and trying to help out where I can. I am still pretty groggy in the morning but the doctor has removed my morning dose of Risperidone so I am hoping that I can drive to my appointment on Thursday morning with PANSDI.

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