Review: SmartGames Preschool Puzzle Games – Bunny Boo & Little Red Riding Hood

As Toddler L gets older, we’re noticing a change in what she plays with and how she plays. Over the last few months, there’s been a definite tendency towards (1) imaginative play, (2) creative / craft stuff and (3) solving problems. So, for example, she’s using her imagination to cook in her kitchen or play doctors, […]

Staying Active With The Toddler During Winter

Apart from Christmas, winter is a bleak time in the UK. It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s windy and generally pretty unappealing – what do you mean I couldn’t get a job with Visit Britain?! Due to the harsh conditions outside, it’s easy to take cover and stay inside. When it’s barely above freezing out there, making […]

Marketing For Dads: “Give Mum Some Time Off”

I haven’t had a rant in a while, so I thought it was about time to buck that trend. Today, I’m going to talk about marketing to dads, with an example from my local Children’s Centre. The target of my annoyance is a particular poster seen on Facebook promoting a weekend playgroup for dads (or other male […]

Competitive Parents And The Inaugural Parenting Olympic Games

In case you haven’t realised, parents can be pretty bloody competitive. Below are just some of the ridiculous things that may – or may not – have been said by competitive mums and dads. “Oooh, I’m better than you because I breast fed.” “I see your baby is still crawling – mine had a degree at that […]

Review: Philips ADR810 Dash Cam Automotive Driving Recorder

The last few years has seen a rise in a new kind of car tech – the dashboard camera, aka dash cam. Something once reserved for the Police and Sci-Fi films, improved technology, rising insurance costs and ‘crash for cash’ scams – which is worth £400 million a year in fraudulent claims – has seen […]

Accent(uating) The North-South Divide

Toddler L’s speech, language and communication is really coming along at the moment. Gone are the inaudible grunts or hand gestures. Instead, we are greeted with a plethora of words carefully constructed to form (part) sentences. It’s nearly a year to the day since I wrote about her first words and well over seven months since I […]

Looking Back On 2016 And Forward To 2017

In less than nine hours, 2016 will be done. For many, this will be a welcome goodbye. Remembered for Brexit, Trump and the passing of numerous high-profile celebs, 2016 has been akin to some kind of weird horror film or an alternative timeline somewhere within the DC Multiverse. I’m going to go against the grain though. For us […]

Review: Kiddimoto Super Junior Max Metal Balance Bike, Helmet And Gloves

When I think back to my favourite things as a kid, riding a bike was definitely up there. As a pre-teen, a bike can make you feel on top of the world – the thrill, the speed, the ability to go anywhere and do anything. If I remember rightly, I had an orange Raleigh Chopper – although […]