4 lessons I want to teach my child

These days we live in a world of instant everything.  You really don’t have to wait long for anything.  TV shows and films can be streamed within seconds, you can get next day delivery on pretty much any product.  There are so many things I value that I want to teach my children, and make sure they understand growing up.  I thought I would list some today!

1. To be patient

In this age of technology and having everything in an instant, I feel like we aren’t teaching our children the art of patience.  We can find the TV show they want to watch straight away. There’s no such thing as dial up internet.  We just don’t have to wait for anything.  I want to make sure my children know they can’t just have it all when they want it.

2. That shops exist

This may sound like a bit of an odd one, but I want my children to know there are shops.  I still enjoy online shopping, the weekly shop is 100 times easier online.  But I think it’s also important to take our children to the shops, to do a weekly shop with them.  They will learn a lot more than you realise.  Counting fruit and vegetables out, adding prices together, or even how to make a fort out of packets of loo roll!  There’s a lot to learn in a supermarket!  I remember getting so excited to help my mum count out change to pay for something.

3. Where their food comes from

It’s astounding how many children don’t realise milk comes from a cow or that eggs come from chickens!  I’ve already started trying to teach Oliver the association between the food he eats and where it’s come from.  Even things like where fruit and vegetables come from.  I want to grow vegetables in our garden and teach Oliver where his food comes from.

4. To boost their imagination

I want my children to be able to be able to imagine, to make up stories.  I want them to be able to play and imagine another world, to be able to tell me the story they’re acting out.  I try to limit screen time because I think too much screen time isn’t good for the imagination.  Role play toys are really good to help boost imagination.  I loved pretend play growing up and I want that for my children too.

What do you want your children to know when they grow up?

 

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Oliver at 18 months

1 year and a half has now passed since you entered this world.  You have grown up so much and I really don’t think I can call you my baby anymore.  You’ve become a toddler now and I am so NOT ready for it!  I wish that the baby days could be just that little bit longer, I’m clinging on to those last few things that you do that are babyish!

This month your speech has developed even more.  You still have a limited vocabulary, but the words you do say are used appropriately.  This months favourite words are ‘bang’ and ‘oh dear’. You love it when your toys bang together and you stand there shouting ‘bang, bang, bang’ at them!  When you fall down you stand up and say ‘oh dear’, or if you do something which goes wrong you say it too (it’s said more like oh DEAR’) it’s so bloomin’ cute!

You love running around, I think it’s your favourite thing to do!  You run from room to room in the house, and as soon as you’re outside you run off at the speed of light!  You’ve learnt to jump, it is still early days with your jumping.  Sometimes you get off of the ground and other times you just do a little almost skip.  It’s very sweet and you get so excited when you do it.

You still love your food, and you’ve really started to master the spoon and fork.  Meals always start off with you carefully balancing your food on your spoon, or spearing it with your fork.  But as the meal progresses your hands get more involved!  You absolutely love raspberries and strawberries at the moment.  I reckon you would make your way through a whole punnet if you could!  You have also started enjoying using a proper cup.  Sometimes you drink out of it really well, sometimes you end up covered in water!  But you’re doing so well.

This months favourite things are:

  • Bags – you love a bag!  You hook it up on your arm and love walking around with it.  You love your backpack and your shopping bag, it’s very sweet.
  • Happyland – luckily granny is a Happyland addict, but you love playing with all of the different toys, putting the little people in there places and I can see you will love it for a long time.
  • Trains and cars – you love playing with all of your cars and trains.  You push them along the carpet and make a sort of drum noise.  It’s very sweet!

I can’t believe you’re now closer to two than you are one.  Hopefully the next 6 months won’t pass us so quickly!

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Review: Matchstick Monkey

I’m always on the hunt for a new way to help ease Oliver’s teething pain.  We’ve tried various teething toys, some have worked, some haven’t.  But I’m always on the lookout for something that will help.  When Matchstick Monkey got in contact asking if we wanted to try one of their teethers, the answer was a firm yes!

Matchstick Monkey was developed by a brilliant Mumpreneur, Katie.  She saw there was a gap in the teething market.  We’ve all struggled to apply those teething gels and granules directly to our babies gums, only to find our fingers been used as a chew toy.  The Matchstick Monkey is made of silicone, and the rear of the monkey’s head has a bumpy toothbrush like feature.  This will easily hold the gel/granules so you can direct them straight to the source of the pain!  The arms of the monkey make it easy for your little one to grab hold of and easily manoeuvre it to the the sore spot.

We’ve been using it for the past month, and although Oliver was only teething for a few days of the month, it definitely became one of his go to teething toys.  I loved that I could easily give him his teething granules.  I would load some on and he would take the monkey from me and stick it right to the back of his gums.  I’ve never had much luck with teething toys and Oliver.  We have tried so many that he wouldn’t use for their purpose, so it was nice to finally find something he actually used to ease his teething pain!

I really love the colours they come in.  We chose the green monkey, but they also come in grey, yellow, orange, pink and red.  It’s dishwasher and freezer safe, and at £9.99 each, I think they’re pretty reasonably priced as well. You can buy them here.

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Five Funny Things my Child Does

When Lianne at Mrs Mummy Harris tagged me in the Five Funny Things tag, I struggled to narrow it down to just five.  Oliver is a little comedian, and pretty much everything he does results in us giggling! I thought I would share with you some of the weird and wonderful things that he does to make us laugh..

Sniffing Things

I taught Oliver how to sniff flowers, but now it’s gone to a bit of an extreme.  He smells everything!  He will toddle on up to things that don’t smell (or don’t smell nice) lean in, inhale and let out an ‘mmmm’ sound!  He looks so pleased with himself, but when he’s just standing there sniffing a post, I can’t help but giggle!  The list of randomly sniffed items is ever growing, just today in IKEA he leant over and sniffed the floor!!

Huffing and Puffing

Oliver loves walking up and down stairs and steps.  With a hand to hold, he will easily walk up the stairs, but not without a lot of noises!  He insists on grunting, groaning, huffing and puffing!  It’s all for effect, and it sounds really funny!

Climbing EVERYTHING

This isn’t meant to be funny, but sometimes I can’t help but laugh.  I leave the room and he’s happily playing on the floor, I come back to find him dancing on the table! He will climb on pretty much anything he can, and he is always so proud of himself when he does it too.

Playing Boo

Oliver loves playing boo, he will hide in a really obvious place and peep out saying ‘boo!” although it sounds more like ‘baa’!!  He also climbing on our backs when we lie down on the floor and playing horsey.  He sits there as we bounce him up and down, and then when we stop he peers around the side of our face, giggles whilst saying boo!

Wearing other peoples shoes

Oliver quietly disappears off into the hallway and I start hearing these scuffs along the floor.  I walk into the hallway and he’s either slid my sandals on or daddy’s work boots!  It’s so cute and really makes me chuckle.  He loves wearing giant shoes!

What things do your children do that makes you laugh?

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Win a pair of tickets to the Baby & Toddler Show 2017

The Baby & Toddler show is a brilliant place to visit if you’re a new mum or a mum to be.  They run two shows, EventCity, Manchester on the 22-24th September and Sandown Park, Surrey on the 6-8th October.

When I was pregnant with Oliver, I visited the show at Sandown Park, and I wasn’t disappointed!  There is a stand for just about anything.  I ended up coming away having ordered both my car seat and pram, and for a great price too!

You can find all your baby essentials at the show, there are so many great products there that you wouldn’t find on the high street.  I found so many products there that I had never heard of before, but now I don’t know how I would have gotten by without them!  The stall holders are all very knowledgeable and can give you some really great advice.

Want some more reasons to go?  Here are a few:

  • There are so many brands available including Bugaboo, iCandy, Maxi-Cosi, Silver Cross, Cybex, Mamas & Papas, BeSafe, Cosatto & Britax to name a few!
  • It’s a great place to get advice for expectant or new parents, on subjects like weaning, sleep, babywearing, first aid and more.
  • You’re guaranteed to get the best price, potentially saving you lots of money!
  • You can test and compare before you buy.
  • There are over 150 brands to choose from at the show..so you’re guaranteed to find what you need!

My top tip for the show is, if you’re taking a little child with you ditch the buggy and carry them instead.  There isn’t loads of space for manoeuvring a buggy. Don’t own a baby carrier?  That’s fine!  They will let you try a baby carrier for the duration of the show.

The Good Bits

I am very please to share with you a discount code for a third off of tickets!  Tickets are usually £13 and you can save 1/3 by entering code BL10 at checkout when booking your tickets on their website.

I am also running a competition for one lucky reader to WIN a pair of tickets to either the Manchester or Sandown Park show.  You can enter below!

Mummy Miller’s Baby Toddler Show Ticket Giveaway

Terms & Conditions

  • Competition runs from 07:00am 08/08/2017 to 11:59pm 27/08/2017.
  • I will contact the winner within 24 hours of the competition closing.  If I do not hear back from the winner within 48 hours, another winner will be drawn.
  • The prize is not transferable, no cash or other alternatives will be offered.
  • The prize is one pair of tickets.
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