We took Hattie and Joe out for dinner last night, which was hugely exciting for them because it involved being up past their normal bedtime. They were a little disappointed that it was still light when we got home, but all in all they were satisfied with their dining experience, which involved apple juice (drinking… Continue reading Out for dinner
It’s now been two months since we started our new sticker chart reward system for good behaviour, so I wanted to write about whether it had led to any lasting changes in our house. I’ve illustrated this post with photos from one of our recent ‘weekly treats’ – a family cupcake-baking session, at Joe’s request.… Continue reading Sticker charts: a game-changer!
It’s just over a year since I first published this blog post, and I wanted to update it. We finally signed Hattie and Joe up for formal swimming lessons in late 2016, not long before they turned four, and they’ve had weekly 20 minute swimming lessons ever since. They have both picked it up very… Continue reading Swimming revisited
In the early days of my parenting life – possibly while I was still pregnant – I read a lot about how to help my children to become good sleepers. Despite that research, they were still nine or ten months old before they actually became good sleepers, but still: there were certain suggestions that stuck… Continue reading Kids and their favourite toys
If you’ve read any of my blog posts during the past few years it should come as no surprise that managing tantrums has been a common theme of my parenting life. Hattie was a champion tantrum-thrower from the age of 18 months to three years old, and when she went into retirement Joe eagerly took… Continue reading Sticker charts
I’ve discovered a side-effect of Hattie and Joe’s close sibling bond: if I tell off one of them, the other one has started to speak up in defence of their twin. So far, this has primarily been seen with Hattie speaking up for Joe, but I suspect it will also happen in reverse if Hattie… Continue reading United we stand
Just a quick post to say that, if you’re trying to keep preschoolers busy, I recommend paper dolls. The kids have liked the idea of paper dolls since they were given this gorgeous Julia Donaldson story a couple of years ago. These paper dolls came from a $2 shop (or it might have been Kmart),… Continue reading Paper dolls