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Advertisement When we went on holiday last year, the swimming pool had a plunge pool that was just 12 degrees celsius. It’s fair to say I screamed…! But there are actually lots of benefits to immersing yourself in cold water. Mobility Plus have written a blog post all about the health benefits of taking a cold shower such as increasing fertility and improving mental well-being. Why It’s Worth Trying A Cold Shower I have to admit, the thought of having a cold shower doesn’t particularly appeal to me. I go in the shower to relax and unwind (as a stay at home mum, those 10 minutes to myself feel like a holiday!). But I can definitely see how a cold shower can be invigorating. I’m sure we can all remember the “Ice Bucket Challenge” craze of 2014, when we all...

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Do you ever fall into the trap of being a “shouty mum” or “bellowing dad”? Maybe it’s trying to help your kids with homework, or the pressure to get them to class on time. Perhaps you get fed up of repeating yourself over and over again, and eventually you blow. Maybe it gets to the point where it seems the only time they listen is when you raise your voice. Have you begun to wonder if it’s even possible to parent without shouting?? I think we’ve all been there! But the closer we can edge to a shouting-free zone, the happier our households are going to be. Staying calm (even in stressful situations and during conflict) demonstrates respectfulness, love and how to channel difficult emotions into something good. When we speak to our children respectfully, they learn that they deserve...

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Advertisement When we moved house, our big priority was making it a smooth transition for our girls (5 & 2 at the time).  The house was a boring magnolia box a blank canvas and we desperately wanted the girls to feel at home there. So we set about planning a bedroom makeover for them. Funds were limited so we had to choose a few key pieces to really make the room pop, and transform it from bland-mediocrity to a princess-paradise! Curtains from The Yorkshire Linen Company Putting up some new curtains is a great way to add a splash of colour to a room without spending too much money. You can get curtains and curtain tiebacks in various designs at discounted rates from the Yorkshire Linen Company. These include trains, owls, retro cassettes, planets, and even big name brands like My...

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Advertisement I’ve always loved swimming and am keen for my girls to learn too. Back when I was learning, I didn’t know anyone who had their own float – it was just something we used in our swimming lessons. But now they’re readily available from places like Simply Swim so kids can practise whenever they like! Plus there are loads of new swimming aids on the market these days too (things I could only dream of when I was a little girl!). So if you’ve got a little one who is keen to start swimming lessons, let me share some tips with you to get them off to a swimmingly good start! Wear a swimming cap I hated wearing a swimming cap as a child, but our local pool insists that all children wear one for their swimming lessons. Luckily, there...

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Lots of children and young people wet the bed (known in the medical world as Nocturnal Enuresis). It isn’t their fault – it just seems to be one of those developmental stages that happens at different times for different people. But it can be quite distressing for the people involved (kids and parents!). It’s not a problem that is talked about much, so many young people imagine that they’re the only one. In fact, there are around 98,000 young people in the UK (age 10-15yrs) who wet the bed. That means that for every 100, there will be roughly 2 to 3 who are struggling with this issue. This is something that is close to my heart as I struggled with wetting the bed until I was 14 years old. I remember very vividly the shame and embarrassment that came with...

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There are a lot of parenting myths out there. The dictionary defines a myth as “a commonly believed but false idea.” And that’s the problem – because these parenting myths are commonly believed, people think they must be true. Now, I’m a big believer in the wisdom of the generations. I think there’s a lot we can learn from our elders – those who’ve been through parenting already and have come out the other side. But in my 8 years as a mum, there is also a lot of advice that I have found to be a complete load of rubbish. Some have gradually gone out of fashion (e.g. “Children should be seen but not heard”), but there are plenty of parenting myths that are still making the rounds. Have a look and see if you’ve come across any of...

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Mental health is a big problem for many people. It’s estimated that 1 in 6 of us will have experienced a common mental health problem within the last week! (McMannus et al, 2016) I know I have struggled with depression and anxiety on and off since my late teens, and this is one of the main reasons I decided to give gentle parenting a try. I honestly believe that gentle parenting can vastly improve kids’ mental health prospects and develop a level of immunity to mental health problems. This is because of the huge focus on developing emotional resilience. What is emotional resilience? Emotional resilience is the ability to adapt, facing tough situations without falling apart. It is about valuing who you are inside, no matter what the outside world throws at you. If you have a calm, steady base within...

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I’ve worked in primary schools and I’m a mum, so I know a thing or two about keeping kids entertained when plans fall through. I’ve got a good back-catalogue of spur of the moment games for those tricky moments when the restaurant food is taking ages to arrive or the car journey is just dragging on and on and on…! I know from experience how frustrating it can be to hear those two painful words, “I’m bored!”, especially when the situation is out of your hands. But, as a gentle parent, I also empathise with them and appreciate how hard it can be for kids to wait. Playing games like these can be a great way to distract kids and diffuse the situation rather than getting cross at their impatience! The beauty of these spur of the moment games is...

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More and more parents are moving away from traditional discipline methods (i.e. physical punishments like smacking). And the “time out” is a common substitute. However, some people argue that a time out is still too forceful. Personally, I think a time out can be a great way to discipline children in a respectful, helpful way, IF it’s done in the right way. So I’m going to share a bit about what respectful discipline really means, and how time outs can be used kindly and effectively. Respectful discipline When I talk about respectful discipline, I am thinking about how to train and develop my children into competent, wise, kind adults. I don’t want to dictate to them, but I do need to keep them on the straight and narrow (a bit like a ball being gentle nudged by the bumpers of...

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Discipline is sometimes seen as a dirty word – I think we all remember being disciplined as children. Perhaps we resented it at the time or recognise in hindsight that we were treated unfairly. But when I talk about discipline, I don’t mean being yelled at. I don’t mean smacking or being sent to your room. I don’t even mean punishments. Because the word “discipline” actually comes from the word for “disciple”. Knowing this gives me a different perspective on discipline – I’m now thinking about developing them, nurturing them, guiding them. Children need discipline Children come to us blank. They don’t know what is right and wrong. They don’t realise that playing with the plug socket is dangerous, or that biting someone hurts. Some people imply that babies and toddlers manipulate us, but I don’t buy into any of...

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