Showing posts with label parenting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label parenting. Show all posts

Sunday, 19 September 2021

My Sunday photo 19/09/2021

Husband found some gremlins in the back of the boot 😂 

Darren Coleshill

Sunday, 12 September 2021

My Sunday photo 12/09/2021

...and just like that, we are back to school!

Darren Coleshill

Monday, 6 September 2021

How to make a sensory bottle

Hey readers,

A fun activity that is simple to do is a sensory bottle. Kids love watching the mixture in the bottle move around and can be calming for them if they want some wind-down time. Below I tell you how to make the sensory bottle. 

How to make a sensory bottle

What you will need. 

* Pop bottle.

*  Glitter glue.

*  Glitter.

*  Water.

*  Washing up liquid. 

How to make the glitter bottle. 

1. Wash out the bottle and remove the label.

2. Put the glitter glue into the bottle.

3. Fill it up with water to about an inch or two of the open bottle. 

4. Add some glitter.

5. Screw the lid tightly. 

6. We added a squirt of washing up liquid as it made the glitter sink and not stay at the top making the mixture more evenly spread inside of the bottle. 

7. Shake the bottle and there you have your own sensory bottle. 

How to make a sensory bottle

How to make a sensory bottle

How to make a sensory bottle

How to make a sensory bottle

Cheers for reading X

Sunday, 5 September 2021

My Sunday photo 05/09/2021

My Sunday photo 05/09/2021

My boys were chuffed to get their medal for completing the summer reading challenge  :)

Darren Coleshill

Friday, 3 September 2021

Kids activities that parents can enjoy too

Hey readers, 

Sometimes the words 'will you play with me for me and a lot of other parents' be filled with dread. I don't do imaginary play and reading other people's experiences a lot of other parents too. 

However, I do enjoy some elements of 'play', and here are my top things that I do enjoy and take part in and I am going to share my ideas that are how to make playdough do for adults and children, check them out below. 

Kids activities that parents can enjoy too

1. Colouring books. 

Help Teaching says you don't have to be a kid to enjoy colouring, it can be therapeutic and a nice way to spend time with your child by colouring in together. It is a calming activity and there is pressure to think outside of the box as it was so good to relax as a parent as well. 

2. Jigsaw puzzles. 

Jigsaw puzzles are a brilliant way to work together and deal with a problem and working out how to put the pieces together to form a picture. 

3. Video games.

Video games are a fun way to spend time with kids. I have a Nintendo switch as a family we love playing Mario Karts, it is fun and everyone has a laugh play together. 

4. Reading.

Not only is reading educational but it can be a fun activity to do together. Whether that be reading to the child, child reading to you, or both taking it in turns to read a story together is a lovely way to spend some quality time with your child. Reading Rockets has a brilliant list of different types of reading activities you can do with your child. 

5. Board games.

There are many board games out there and of course, age-related as well. So, going from my experience with a seven and nine-year-old I enjoy playing with my boys Monoply, buckaroo, card games, Uno, top trump, hungry hippos that kind of range is perfect to kill some time and spend some time on your child. 

I like board games because I enjoy them and they do not fill me with dread and looking at the clock because I don't have to make up things much prefer structural play. 

6. Baking.

Good to Know points out the beauty with baking is you don't have to make something complicated (though you can if you feel confident in doing so) but there are really simple baking you can do such as cookies but kids love being in the kitchen and helping out.

 Of course, the best bit for the child is licking the spoon but seriously they enjoy doing what adults doing. It is also fun and something you can do together to create something tasty. 

7. Drawing.

An activity that both my boys enjoy doing with me is drawing along videos on youtube where we all draw what the person is doing on their video whether it be animals, cartoon characters it is just a really fun way to do something together.

 It is also my kids sometimes struggle to know what to draw so draw along videos are perfect because you know what you are doing and don't get the feeling of being overwhelmed in thinking of something on the spot. 

Have I missed off any activities that as an adult you like to do with a child? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below. 

Cheers for reading X 

Sunday, 29 August 2021

My Sunday photo 29/08/2021

Monday, 23 August 2021

**AD** Review of Wallace & Gromit Live Concert.

Hey readers,

It is the summer holiday at the moment and if you're looking for something to do then you need to consider watching Wallace & Gromit In concert at the Edinburgh Festival online. 

**AD** Review of Wallace & Gromit Live Concert.

Carrot production has teamed up with the award-winning Aardman to bring you Wallace & Gromit In Concert. This is perfect for all the family to enjoy and having an orchestra adds something a bit different to the normal cartoon format. 

**AD** Review of Wallace & Gromit Live Concert.

Did you know that Wallace & Gromit 30 minute animation film is one of the most successful films ever! Not only that but Aardman also created brilliant shows such as creature comforts, chicken run, and Shaun the Sheep. 

**AD** Review of Wallace & Gromit Live Concert.

My boys love Wallace & Gromit cartoons and we watched a recorded version of the show and they were really interested in it. I say it is perfect for a late afternoon evening time as it is 1 hour and 18 minutes. It is lively but it is relaxing at the same time if that makes sense. 

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Another good thing about watching the show at home is you can break anytime and have toilet breaks which are important when you have children. 

**AD** Review of Wallace & Gromit Live Concert.

Not only is there an amazing live orchestra they play fun classics such as Bohemian Rhapsody which both my boys love Queen so they really enjoyed hearing that. 

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I would say it is suited for 5 upwards mainly cause of the association. I liked the fact that orchestra members dressed up in Wallace & Gromit costumes where it is cheese, Shaun the sheep, or Lady Campanula to name a few. 

Not only is the show orchestra music there are classic clips in between the music making it fun with the story and coming together as a live performance.

 Matthew Sharp is an internationally renowned musician, actor, and performer and he really helps bring the show to life with musical performances and humour to get all the family smiling. 

In 2019 a the popular Snow Man live orchestra show produced by Carrot Production also brought the Wallace & Gromit The Wrong Trousers production as well which was successful up and down the country. 

Sadly due to the show being cancelled during 2020 due to the pandemic, it means that a lot of people missed out on the performance, including different countries. 

However, 2021 brings the return of the multi-awarded Wallace & Gromit live show which will be on-demand from 6-30 August 2021. The show is available online and on-demand including in BSL and audio description format. 

To book tickets for the online show of Wallace & Gromit The Wrong Trousers live orchestra at Edinburgh Fringe Festival click here. The cost of the tickets is £15.00 full price or a concession at £13.00 and this is an online event meaning you can watch it from the comfort of your own home. 

Also if you are interested in The Snowman Live they are doing shows later in the year so you can book tickets now here. I was lucky enough to be gifted some tickets in 2019 for me and my family to check out The Snowman live and you can check out my review on my blog here.

Cheers for reading X

I was gifted tickets in exchange for a review of Wallace & Gromit Live Concert. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

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Friday, 20 August 2021

Things you lose when you become a parent

Hey readers,

When they say your whole life turns upside down when you have children they ain't fucking lying that is for sure. You can kiss your old carefree life goodbye because everything that belongs to your owns is tangible or intangible you have lost and now is the sole owner of your little darlings.

Things you lose when you become a parent

Let's hit hard and go for ideals - somewhere amongst the deprived sleep days of your newborn you lose a part of you and it can be hard to be found. Nothing makes sense anymore, you lose your shit and you will learn the art of negotiation.

 Being the perfect earth mother that you so desired during pregnancy failed badly. All you care about now is being masterful in the art of bribe just so you can get some peace even though you probably spend hours after with guilt and dealt.

Anything within eye level has official gone when they start walking.  I suggest hiding everything that is precious to you under lock and key. These young 'uns have the skills to find anything they want, the more desperate you are not to let them get it the more they will find a way to sniff it out!

All my stationery is destroyed, used, dried up or vanished in the darkest depths of their bedroom. I was deluded in thinking that if I give them my 'posh' fine liners I could sip a cup of tea and then be presented with lids at a later day. In actual fact, I just gone and lost my beautiful pens, chewed to death, god dame it.

The idea is that you pretend you look alright and asking your four-year-old what they think of your outfit. The boy is brutal in honesty, "mummy you have a big bum and you look a bit like the wolf in the three pigs". Don't ever be deluded and pretend you think you look like them as they will bring you back to reality with a hard bump.!

A quiet time where you can watch your programmes, I suggest completely forget it. The child will win hands and down and will take full reigns. 

Forget watching any of your favourite programmes with kids around or learn to read the subtitles but still have the problem of them conveniently being magnetised to the screen and standing there for ages for no other reason than to annoy the crap out of you.

Have you lost anything now that you are a parent? Love to hear your thoughts n the comment section down below. 

Cheers for reading X

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Sunday, 15 August 2021

My Sunday Photo 15/08/2021


The boys enjoyed going to the cinema to watch Around the World in 80 Days. 

Darren Coleshill

Monday, 9 August 2021

How to help settle a child into school

 Hey readers,

In September you may have a child starting reception class and wondering how is it best to settle them into school. So, here are some tips that I have found useful for helping a child settle into school. 

How to help settle a child into school

1. Talk to your child. 

One of the best things to do when your child who is feeling uncertain about something is to talk about their worries. Maybe explain what happens at school, watch youtube videos, spot other children who are going to school. 

A good way to learn about school life is to get books out on the subject, check out your local library to see what they have available to read on the topic. The more you talk about school life it becomes more familiar to the child and helps ease them into the prospect of going in September. 

2. School uniform practice.

A good tip would be to practice changing out of school uniform and into their pe kit. This will help give them the confidence to do that when they go to school. Also, get shoes with velcro so it is easier for them to manage the straps without extra stress.

3. Meeting teacher.

When children start reception class they tend to first have a meeting with the teacher on a 1-2-1 basis. This is so the child is familiar with a new face. They also get to see what the classroom is like so not so daunting for them. 

During the meeting, if you do have any worries it would be good to discuss them with the teacher (I find it handy to write down the problems beforehand so don't forget). 

4. Gradule start. 

At the beginning of the term, it will be a gradual process of leading the child to full-time 5 days a week. It will tend to be some mornings and some afternoon sessions that are great to get the child use to the new school environment. 

5. Your emotions. 

Don't get emotional on the process of dropping your child off at school, do it later when you are away from the child as you don't want to project the anxiety onto your child. You want to give an impression of confidence and be cheery about the process to help your child feel ready to go into the classroom by themselves. 

6. Practice. 

 During the summer holiday, it would be a perfect time to practice the basic skills with your child such as going to the toilet alone, practicing holding a pencil, know some letters, colours, and numbers. Also making sure they are comfortable with opening and closing their coat, shoes, zippers/buttons, etc. 

7. Shopping for school essentials.

Get your child to help with the preparation. You can do this by taking them with you when you go shopping for school items. They can help with choosing school uniform, school bag, and lunchbox. Also making sure your child can open and close their bag, bottle, and lunch box to make them feel ready for school is something you can practice once you have brought the school items. 

8. Routine. 

Kids love routine so if you can outline the schedule of what is happening at school during the day this can give them some reassurance about going. 

Any tips to help settle a child in school that I have missed out on and you think are important? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below. 

Cheers for reading X

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