Month: November 2013

The top five exercises for new mums

The first year of being a new mum is a rollercoaster, physically and emotionally. In terms of the ‘physical’, in my personal experience, the posture is heavily effected; the glutes (butt!) turn to mush, the abdominals are in need of TLC and the back suffers from constant lifting, twisting and repetitive movements. Put all this together and we have a very unhappy new mum indeed. Lots of new mums then decide this is the perfect time to start a new exercise regime! This is admirable, but new mums must make sure they are engaging in the right type of...

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Leap Frog Creativity Camera

Essex Baby Review Very simple to use. Great for taking out with you to entertain your child should the need arise. Product Description and Price A protective case and app to turn your iOS devise into a child friendly camera. Designed for children aged 3-6 years. £14.99 Why do you want to recommend this product? This contraption locks your iOS phone into the centre and creates a camera, once the app is activated. Children can take pictures of anything and add colours, distort the picture and add shapes and patterns. There are also some good educational sections with colours and the alphabet, but the most fun element is adding moustaches, different eyes and hats to a picture of themselves. Essex Baby Rating: [dcs_img_left]http://essexbaby.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/4-x-baby-foot.jpg[/dcs_img_left] [dcs_p align=”left”] I would give this product four out of five. The app froze a few times, which for a child with a short attention span is frustrating, but overall this is a fun and safe way for my daughter to play with my phone, without deleting all of my contacts! [/dcs_p] Where to buy:...

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Putting his life in words

Mumsie Moon is charting her son’s early life in a series of annual letters to him. She wants the letters to be jolly and funny, and she plans to tell him about the little details that time may make vague. Read more about her progress and plans in her article. As Giggly Wriggler approaches his first birthday I am in the process of writing him the first, of what I intend to me many, annual letters telling his future self about the past year. I have spent a lot of time thinking about what it is that I want to share with him and what he might want to know. Do I share with him the events of his birth, the aftermath and all his developments? Should I make sure he knows how wanted and loved he is? Will I explain to him how incredibly hard, challenging and yet joyous the last twelve months have been? Should I describe how I wish things could have been different and apologise that everything wasn’t, I wasn’t, perfect for him? I intended to keep a journal from the day he was born. I had chosen a lovely, thick, hard-bound book and an attractive pen that wouldn’t smudge. I had them with me in my hospital bag expecting that I would write as he lay next to me in a dreamy, milk induced...

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The education of our children is all wrong!

Education is a subject dear to my heart and I will state at the outset that I think we have got the education of our children all wrong! Our schooling tends to stifle creativity and personality and is more about containment. My personal view is that we should tear up our state education policy and start again, from the very beginning. We bear and grow our children – amazing wonderful small people, full of potential and curiosity. We encourage them to try new things, experiment and learn and then we go about the process of limiting them, obliging them to conform to societal ‘norms’ – rather than using their own innate curiosity to discover all about the world and how it works… Our education systems majors on academic achievement – as though that one dimension of human experience is more important than all others. I beg to differ! I believe it is equally important that each and every one of us discovers the other truly remarkable talents within us, and for children that could be an ability to stand on one foot, jump, run, paint, make music, tell stories, hunt insects – you get my gist I hope. The way we educate our children quickly gives them a sense that they are not ‘good enough’ or ‘less able’, but I sincerely believe that every human has some talent that...

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Time flies so quickly

My daughter starts school next September and I am suddenly nervous. It’s not that I don’t want her to go, I do. I want her to experience all the wonderful things that school can bring. But I can’t help myself from feeling nostalgic. Where did my baby go? She was cute and cuddly one day and now she’s an all singing, all dancing whirlwind of energy ready to take on the world! It is funny isn’t it, how you want your children to reach milestones quickly? Their first step, first word, feeding themselves, dressing themselves. It’s all so exciting...

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