37 Things I’ve Learned

It’s my birthday.  Whoo.  I’m thirty-flipping-seven years old today.  A good friend of mine from primary school turned 37 last Friday and when I wished her Happy Birthday she replied with “We’re nearly 40 now!“.  No.  No we’re not.  Wash your mouth out love.

Except we kind of are.

40 is not that far away now.

I don’t mind I suppose.  Getting older doesn’t bother me in that I’m really content with where my life is and the things I’ve achieved.  I think what does bother me is the speed at which time is slipping away.  The birthdays come round quicker every year.

In honour of my 37th birthday I’m sharing with you 37 things I’ve learned during my time on the earth:

  1. Buy cheap, buy twice
  2. You can only spend it once
  3. You will end up turning into your parents (and that’s not a bad thing)
  4. I’m not good at being drunk
  5. Hangovers aren’t worth it
  6. I can’t use fake tan
  7. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  8. Don’t waste your time on one-sided friendships
  9. Mushrooms are the work of the devil
  10. Manners cost nothing
  11. Being nice will get you a long way in life
  12. Sarcasm might be the lowest form of wit but it makes me laugh
  13. Your skin will age faster than you think
  14. Take the time to stay in touch with people who matter
  15. There’s ‘a rat’ in separate – I spelt it wrong for years!
  16. Always protect your “No Claims Discount”
  17. Washing dried on the line is the nicest thing ever
  18. Learning to touch-type is a ridiculously useful skill
  19. Tooth ache sucks
  20. People can’t spell Colette
  21. You can’t beat live music
  22. Comparison is the thief of all joy
  23. Building work always takes longer than you think
  24. There’s more to life than teaching
  25. Google is your friend
  26. You will miss your perky boobs when they’re gone!
  27. I love recording our memories
  28. Honesty is the best policy
  29. Diet coke isn’t a good substitute for water
  30. Wine is horrible
  31. Gin isn’t
  32. Good lipstick is worth spending money on
  33. How to get blu-tac out of hair
  34. Slugs are impossible to get rid of if they decide to live in your house
  35. Taking time for yourself isn’t selfish, it’s necessary
  36. The internet and procrastination are the best of friends
  37. Having kids was the making of me

I am sure I have learned plenty more over the course of my lifetime – most of which I’ve forgotten already – but these are the ones that spring to mind this morning.  Here’s to another 37 years of learning . . .

Looking ahead to the teenage years

Earlier this week I decided to take the kids to McDonalds for tea.  We hadn’t been for months and Dave was away working so I used celebrating Amy’s epic swimming lesson as a bit of an excuse to treat them.  I was quite surprised when we got there that it was fairly quiet so let the kids go off together to choose a table whilst I put in their order.

Sat behind us, were a couple of young lads, and when I say young I’m talking about thirteen / fourteen ish?  They were messing about a bit and chatting quite loudly and their choice of words was making me feel a bit uncomfortable when I was sat eating tea with the kids.  I wasn’t about to get up and move but equally I didn’t want to sit and listen to them effing and jeffing just behind me when I had little ears to keep me company.  In the end I turned round and quietly said “I’m really sorry loves but would you mind just not swearing whilst I’ve got the kids here please?” . . . they apologised and carried on their conversation quietly, without swearing.  I was so glad I’d taken the time to speak to them rather than just sitting there quietly seething and assuming that they were a pair of idiots.

Of course this got me to thinking.  Teens today get a bad press don’t they?  Large groups of kids can be intimidating when they’re shouting and swearing at each other in the park or outside Tesco (prime spots in our local area!) and it makes me nervous for when my own children are of an age where they’re out and about without me.  Will they get involved in things they shouldn’t?  Will they still behave in the way that I’d like them to?

My Dad has always said you’ve got till your kids are 14.  You’ve got till they are 14 to instil the ground rules and boundaries that you hope they will stick to even when you’re not around to enforce them.  You’ve got till they are 14 to help teach them right from wrong, to teach them respect and manners, to teach them to be decent human beings.  But then, after that, it’s too late.  You just have to hope for the best.

And you know what, I think he’s right.

All the work we do with our children now to make sure they are honest, that they can keep themselves safe and know how to treat other people, to make sure they work hard and follow the rules . . . this isn’t just about making our lives easier now, it’s about who our children will grow up to be.

Mum and Dad will tell you I was a right pain in the backside as a teen – but not because I was out drinking, breaking curfews or telling lies about where I was.  I think I was just hard work to like.  I didn’t do “naughty”.  I never once had a detention in the whole of my secondary education.  I never skived a lesson.  I was too scared of getting into trouble!  I never lied about where I was staying so I could go out with my mates.  I never got drunk without my parents knowing about it.  See my parents always said that if we were honest with them, they would push things as far as they could.  So I didn’t need to lie about where I was going, I told them where I was going and who with and then they picked me up after.  They knew I was safe.  (And they knew how drunk I was!)

So you know what, that quiet word I had with those lads on Monday night gave me faith that actually, if I instil the right values in my kids now – maybe life through the teenage years won’t be so bad.

Who am I kidding, I’m going to have three teens at once . . . can I just keep them as they are?

Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny – Review

Easter is on the horizon – this excites me for many reasons, the main one being two weeks off school with my babies but there’s also the chocolate . . .  Aunty Nic is exceptionally good friends with the Easter Bunny so we all get thoroughly spoiled at Easter.  Traditionally the Easter Bunny writes a letter to the kids and then hides goodies from the whole family around my parents’ garden for them to find.  I’m not quite sure how this will pan out this Easter as we’re going to be away – perhaps he will make an exception and set up his Easter egg hut on a different day.  Either way, the generosity of the Easter Bunny means that Dave and I don’t buy Easter chocolate for the kids.  Instead we tend to treat them to a new book or perhaps a top.  If you’re looking for an alternative treat this Easter then Amy has been testing out the  Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny for you!

Cuddlydry Snuggle Bunny

As £32.99 this isn’t a cheap present, in fact it isn’t a cheap towel either.  What it is though is the cutest, softest, fluffiest hooded towel you could wish for.  Hooded towels are usually the territory of babies (is there anything cuter than a freshly bathed baby wrapped in a snuggly hooded towel?) but they are quickly outgrown and I’ve always thought that was a bit of a shame – a hooded towel is so useful and so cosy!  (There’s a reason why Dave insists on a hood on his dressing gown!)

Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny - floppy ears

Amy fell in love with her Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny towel the moment she put it on – and I can see why.  The superfine microfibre is so ridiculously soft that it doesn’t even really feel like a towel, more like you’ve rolled out of the bath and into a super absorbent blanket!  She loves the hood with it’s floppy bunny ears and the little popper to keep it fastened on, oh and the bunny tail on the bag is a cute detail too!  It’s way easier to chuck the Snuggle Bunny towel on her and let her hop about for a few minutes than it is to wrangle her dry with a normal (somewhat rough) towel. Though, as Cuddledry themselves say, the problem comes when you want to catch her to take it off and get her dressed!  She thinks its hilarious to bounce around singing “Hop little bunnies, hop hop hop” – it was very cute the first time . . .

Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny

I had been a bit worried that the first time I washed the Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny towel that it would lose some of it’s softness but nope, it washes beautifully.

Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny

The Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny towel should fit children around age 3-6 years and at 3, it wraps around Amy generously – almost touching the floor so so hopefully she will get a couple of years of use out of it yet which, when you look at the old “cost per wear” means that the £30+ price tag isn’t quite so painful after all.

Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny

*We received the Cuddledry Snuggle Bunny hooded towel free of charge for the purposes of review.  All thoughts and opinions remain my own*

Mini Succulent Garden from Appleyard London – Review & Giveaway

Although I absolutely love flowers, I’ve got a little bit of a plant obsession at the moment (just another sign that I’m turning into my Mum) and I’m really enjoying buying little pots of greenery to dot around the house.  When Appleyard London got in touch and asked if I’d like to review a bouquet for Mother’s Day I decided to take a slightly different angle and rather than ordering from their gorgeous range of bouquets (tempting though they were) I chose the Mini Succulent Garden.

I know, succulents, instagram cliche right?  Pah I don’t care.  They’re cute and don’t take lots of looking after.  I also loved the idea that the Mini Succulent Garden would last for so much longer than fresh cut flowers.

My Mini Succulent Garden arrived by post, carefully packaged in a large box with plenty of bubble wrap.  Unfortunately the garden had suffered a little in transit.  It would seem compost doesn’t travel well, who’d have thought it?  Anyway, at first I was a little disappointed to see the compost everywhere and my little plants were loose in their home or had in fact come out completely.  I was able to pick a couple of them up to shake off the compost before re-planting them.  I couldn’t understand why they hadn’t been planted more firmly into the compost but with hindsight they probably had been and it was just a case of them only having little roots and the compost moving around quite a bit.  It only took me a few minutes to rearrange everything before giving them a quick drink but it was disappointing that it arrived looking such a mess as it lost some of the wow factor.

Mini Succulent Garden from Appleyard London - damaged in transit

As I’ve said, Mum loves plants, so I have a fairly passable knowledge in plant care – enough to know that a glass planter with no holes in the bottom could be difficult to maintain as you don’t want to the plants to become waterlogged.  Anyway, having read the care instructions which came with my Mini Succulent Garden it became clear that Appleyard London don’t intend for you to keep your succulents growing in their glass planter for very long – in fact the planter is designed to provide you with an indoor display for a few weeks after which it is suggested that healthy plants can be re-potted into individual pots to prolong their life.  Of course this now explains further why the plants weren’t planted more firmly in the first place.

Mini Succulent Garden from Appleyard London

Mini Succulent Garden in glass planter

When I first saw the Mini Succulent Garden on the Appleyard London website, I thought it would be ideal to go on my new desk in the dining room or perhaps in the middle of the dining table.  In reality the garden is much bigger than I expected – the “mini” referring more to the plants than the display itself!  (No, I didn’t think to check the measurements on the website first).  In the end I decided the dining room window was the best place for it – not just because it looked better there but also because the care instructions mentioned that a bright position on or near a windowsill was ideal.

Mini Succulent Garden from Appleyard London

I love the combination of plants in the Mini Succulent Garden – the different sizes, colours and textures make it really interesting to look at and hopefully, in a few weeks when I repot them all, I will have six healthy little specimens to find new homes for – I’ve already chosen which one I’ll be putting on my desk!

If you want to try out Appleyard London yourself (perhaps for Mother’s Day this weekend . . . ) then use code BGIFTS33 for 33% off.

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When your Puddle Ducks lesson ends in tears

Amy has been swimming with Puddle Ducks for around 18 months now and we’ve documented her journey every step of the way – from the first lessons where she cried and clung to me like a limpet, through highs of learning new skills and the lows of water wobbles.  Over that time Amy has come so far and we both really enjoy our Monday morning swimming lessons with Claire.  It’s our special time together.

Today’s lesson ended in tears . . . happy ones.  I literally couldn’t believe what I was seeing from my little girl and I cried.

As you know Amy has been having some catch up lessons with Daddy alongside her normal lessons with me and Claire – and I think today we saw the reward.  Claire and I have both noticed over the last couple of weeks that Amy has been getting braver – she’s been messing about a bit more in the water – which I suppose under normal circumstances would make me a bit cross but I’ve been loving it because I can see a change in her confidence.

Last week we had a great lesson – full of Amy’s favourite things.  She loves to swim on her back and is always super relaxed, we had reached a point where she was swimming with her woggle under her back and I was literally just touching her head (rather than holding it) so she knew I was there.  However, she had promised me that this week she’d try it by herself as long as I held my hands right next to her to catch her if she wobbled.

Well, from the start of this morning’s lesson Amy was full of beans.  We were a few minutes late and missed the welcome song so we were straight into our first task – pushing off from the wall, swimming with a woggle under each arm.  Although I’ve known for quite some time that she could do this independently if she was brave enough, she has insisted that I hold on – we’d progressed to me literally touching her woggles with one finger.  Today, I didn’t touch her woggles AT ALL.  She just swam.  By herself.  All the way across the pool.  Not just once but backwards and forwards across the pool, swimming and laughing.  BY HERSELF.  Claire and I kept exchanging looks of disbelief.

This new found confidence extended to her jumping in from the float without a fuss, she didn’t care that I’d stood a bit further away from usual, then she swam on one woggle BY HERSELF!  She thought it was all hilarious and was clearly just as proud of herself as we were.

But, the piece de resistance, and the bit which reduced me to tears, was during the song at the end when she shouted at Claire – “I want to go under! Claire, put me under!”  . . . I literally couldn’t believe my ears.  Of course Claire obliged and my little dipper swam under the water and came up beaming!  Underwater swims have been our nemesis for some time.  She’s done it occasionally with much encouragement and then not wanted to do it again but today, to actually shout at Claire that she wanted to do it – well that wasn’t something I ever thought we’d see!

My little lady was clearly buzzing at the end of her lesson and was super excited to ring Daddy at work and tell him how well she’d done.  It was like someone flicked a switch in her head and she realised she could do it.  All our efforts paid off at once!  Of course both Claire and I know that there is no guarantee of a repeat performance next week, but still.  What a lesson.  I’m so excited to see how far she comes now that she’s realised what she can actually do!

How to help your friend with Hyperemesis Gravidarum

hyperemesis survivor

In celebration of my wonderful friend Molly surviving the most horrific nine months of pregnancy and finally being free from the placenta of doom . . . today I’m sharing my tips for helping out your friend when she’s suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

hyperemesis survivor

Let’s be clear.  Hyperemesis is not morning sickness.  Hyperemesis is distressing, debilitating, and potentially life threatening.

hyperemesis definition

Although Hyperemesis Gravidarum is thought to affect less than 2 per cent of pregnancies, I have definitely seen more than my fair share of friends suffer at the hands of this condition.  They know first hand that Hyperemesis can lead to miscarriage, termination or premature birth.  They know that Hyperemesis can rob them (and their family) of nine months of their lives.  They know that Hyperemesis can rob them of the happiness their pregnancy should bring.  They also know that their baby is worth it – every single one of them has gone on to fight their way through at least one subsequent pregnancy (and when I say fight, I mean fight).

1. Be Practical 

When you are so sick you can’t get out of bed or think straight, keeping your house in order is not at the forefront of your mind.  Do the washing up, take round some shopping, run the hoover around – do what you can around the house so that your friend and her partner just have one less thing to think about.

2. Don’t wear perfume

A heightened sense of smell comes as standard in pregnancy – but for suffers of Hyperemesis this kind of problem can be extreme.  You don’t want to be the reason your friend is rushing for the kitchen sink for the eleventy billionth time that day.  Swerve the fragrances.

3. Make plans

When you’re in the depths of Hyperemesis life can be fairly dark and depressing.  Make plans so your friend has something to look forward to but accept that they may have to be cancelled at the last minute.  If your friend already has other children, can you take them out somewhere to keep them entertained while Mum rests?

4. Be there

Just be there for her to moan when it’s hard and then there to celebrate the small wins.  Help her to stay positive and keep her focused on the end goal.  (Though bear in mind that sometimes the end goal can feel just too far away and actually all she wants to do is get through the day – in which case help her to be focused on that too!)

5. Don’t forget about her partner

He’s spinning a whole world of plates now and his own needs, both practical and emotional, may well get sidelined when everyone is worrying about your friend.  Just check in with him and make sure he’s got someone to talk to if he wants to, that you will help out with stuff if he needs you to.  It will matter so much to your friend to know you’re looking out for both of them.

6. Don’t offer her ginger biscuits

No matter what worked for you, your mate or your neighbour’s cat – the chances are someone has already mentioned it and she’s already tried it.  HG needs medication, not ginger biscuits.

Have you suffered HG?  Do you have any other suggestions on how to help out when your friend is suffering.

More information and support for those suffering from HG & their families can be found here:

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Bobux Spring Range 2016 – Review

I can’t tell you how excited I was when I was browsing the Bobux Spring range recently – for two reasons; firstly it’s all flipping gorgeous and I’d quite like to be able to wear much of it myself but secondly, this latest range sees the launch of Kid+ which caters for 5-8yr olds (ish) and means that I can get my big two back in super stylish Bobux!

Now you all know I love a bit of navy right?  I also hate pink.  My girls never wear pink and I’ve never been able to get my head around the fact that the shops are always full of pink shoes – how are they practical? Surely they don’t go with everything?  Anyway, the Bobux spring range is packed with colour and style – yes there’s pink if you want it but there also navy, red, tan, green, leopard print and even flipping unicorns if that tickles your fancy!

Bobux spring range

I must admit I was sorely tempted to pick out matching shoes for the girls as I loved it when they had the same Bobux Outback boots a while back however, in the interests of showing you more of the range, we decided to pick out different but coordinating shoes.  Usually I just pick out the kids’ clothes myself but this time Dave gave a helping hand, choosing Ben a pair of high tops (which I then promptly mis-ordered and he got the the low top version but to be honest that’s probably better for this time of year anyway).  We chose Chloe a pair of really tidy looking navy sneaks which remind me of my beloved Puma Mostros which I wore to death in my early twenties.  Finally we chose Amy the rather aptly named “Rascal” which is a pump similar in style to a Converse or Adidas Shell Toe and I won’t deny being a little bit in love with the navy spot colour way we chose for her!

kids running in bobux spring range

I wish I’d recorded Ben’s reaction when he first opened his shoes.  Let me try to replicate it for you . . .

“Wow! They’re sick Mum! They’re so cool! Yes! Thanks Mum!! These are so sick” 

Roughly translated it was safe to say that Ben loved his new trainers as much as Dave and I had done when we ordered them!  What really made me smile was when he first wore them and clearly had that Peter Kay moment of “how fast can you run in new trainers” before telling me that it was like he had nothing on his feet and it felt like he was running in his socks – that would be the super lightweight, flexible sole that Bobux are so proud of then Ben!

bobux kid+

bobux kid+ spring range

Now I must admit that Chloe doesn’t love her shoes as much as I do but I guess they’re not quite as girly as she’d have liked but I’ve explained that sometimes she needs to wear jeans or leggings and that her tan boots are not always practical so she relented and actually once she’s worn them I think she realised that they were a great choice!  The velcro fastening means they’re really easy for her to put on herself and to make sure they are tight enough.

Amy’s Rascal pumps are just so flipping cute – I love the combination of elastic laces and velcro strap which means they look more grown up but Amy is able to put her shoes on independently (as a Mum of three I can tell you this is important in a morning!).  The bright white toe section and spotty design lift the shoe and make it feel really spring-ready after a winter of wellies and dark boots.

All in the new Bobux range is a big hit in our household, our only complaint is that Mummy & Daddy can’t have a pair too!

*We were sent the Bobux shoes free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*


Pia Jewellery Rose Quartz – Giveaway

Rose Gold – it’s everywhere isn’t it?!  Everywhere and gorgeous!  The soft pink hue makes a change from the silver or gold we’ve worn for years and is almost universally flattering.

This month, in celebration of Mother’s Day, I’m excited to be able to give you the chance to win not one but three pieces of jewellery from Pia Jewellery.  Each piece is made from 9ct rose gold-plated sterling silver & rose quartz and can be worn individually or as a matching set.

Faceted Quartz Pendant – £39.00

Pia Jewellery Faceted Quartz Pendant - £39.00

Faceted Rose Quartz Drop Earrings – £35.00

Pia Jewellery Faceted Rose Quartz Drop EarringsFaceted Rose Quartz Ring – £35.00

Pia Jewellery Faceted Rose Quartz Ring

Aren’t they gorgeous? Which is your favourite? I must admit I think I like the ring best!  If you’d like to enter to win this rose quartz set worth over £100 then just enter using the rafflecopter below ensuring to complete the entry options accurately to avoid disqualification.

*This prize will not be delivered in time for Mother’s Day*

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Siblings – March 2017

Last month I wrote about how Amy was being a bit of a tinker when I was trying to take our monthly Siblings photos . . . sadly this month was no better!

We dashed out to the park last Monday after school to take full advantage of the sunshine – I had review photos I needed to take and I wanted to take the chance to get some nice photos for this month’s post.  Unfortunately Amy wasn’t playing ball so I had to snap quickly meaning the light isn’t great at all and I don’t particularly love any of the photos I took, none of them seemed to be quite what I was aiming for.

What I have got is a set of photos which encapsulates their relationship right now – Chloe trying to do the right thing, Amy being a bit of a pain and Ben being all grown up and sensible.  (Please don’t think this is par for the course – he’s still very much a silly seven year old boy with just a hint of maturity when he feels like it!)  I must admit I do have a soft spot for this first one, which makes me smile because you can see Amy trying to ‘dab’ just like her big bro and I like the light and shadows!

Siblings March 2017

Fingers crossed the promise of spring sunshine which is in the air will mean that we get out a whole lot more of the next few weeks – we have an exciting trip planned for Easter so I should think we’ll have lots of lovely photos and stories to share come the middle of the next month when Siblings Project time rolls around again!

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‘It’s My Thing’ with Robinsons Fruit Shoot

Fruit Shoot #ItsMyThing - Science

Recent research conducted by Fruit Shoot points to age 7-12 being the age where children are first affected by how other people see them and start to become affected other people’s opinions.

Ben, my eldest, will be eight years old this summer and as such has already found a whole array of things he likes to do to pass the time.  Three nights a week he is out swimming, at Beavers or his Street Dance class when he’s at home he loves LEGO, Minecraft and reading.  However, his best friend is completely and utterly obsessed with football.  Although Ben isn’t really remotely interested in football, what he has realised is that, to keep up with his class mates and his best mate, he needs to at least have a passing knowledge of the sport.  Even at 7 he is feeling that societal pressure to ‘fit in’ with his peers.

Fruit Shoot #ItsMyThing - football

68% of the 2000 UK parents surveyed by Fruit Shoot believe it’s important for children to find their “thing”, be it a hobby, skill or particular interest – and I completely agree.  Football isn’t Ben’s thing.  He’s just not bothered by it.  Yes he’ll play with his mates at lunch time and chat to Finley about his favourite team but kicking a football around the park or avidly watching a match just isn’t how he would choose to spend his time.  As such, when he first showed an interest in learning to break dance when he was about 3 years old we ran with it – I set about researching lessons, trying to find him classes to go to and quickly hit a brick wall.  It turns out that, even in a big city like Manchester, pre-schoolers don’t really learn to break dance!  In the end, when he was six, we finally found him Street Dance lessons with the lovely Sophie (who I met when she was teaching us the MADs Flash Mob dance!) and he’s been dancing with her for about a year now.  He’s still desperate to learn to spin on his head though!

Of course what we all really want is to be able to give our children the freedom to discover and indulge their passion.  And, to my mind, its not just about finding something you enjoy doing to pass the time, as without people being given the opportunity to nurture and develop their interests and passions we would never have Olympic gold medals to celebrate or amazing technological advances.  We would all just be ploughing the same path through life, head down and focused on our academic achievements with no breadth or depth to our character.  (You only have to ask a Year 6 pupil knee deep in SATs prep just how boring that would be!)

As part of the Fruit Shoot It’s My Thing campaign, Ben was sent a hamper of surprise activities to try out and see if he found a new ‘thing’.

Fruit Shoot - #ItsMyThing hamper

Safe to say Ben’s eyes lit up when he saw that little lot and he was keen to get stuck in.  With Dave’s help he decided to build his bird feeder first.  As someone with more than a passing interest in LEGO, Ben was more than capable of following the instructions and fitting all the pieces together.  Had he just been sent a book about birds I’m not sure he’d have been all that interested, however tapping into his love of all things construction and letting him build his own bird feeder meant he was really keen to but his feeder up on the playroom window and see who might come passing by!  It’s funny how an interest in one thing can lead to something completely different isn’t it?

Next up in Ben’s hamper of goodies was a Bug Safari kit containing everything he needed to safely capture and investigate all the creepy crawlies present in our back garden!  It didn’t take us long at all to find a beetle hiding underneath the slide.  With a bit of help from Dave, Ben scooped the little creature up in his bug collecting tongs before tipping it gently into a magnifying pot for a closer look!  He was fairly convinced he’d found a stag beetle but thanks to the information guide in his set he was able to identify it as a pretty common black beetle.  Much as he enjoyed hunting out mini-beasts in our garden, I’m not sure this is something he’d be bothered about returning to all that often – exploring bugs is probably not his new ‘thing’!

Finally, the Exploding Science Kit which had both boys excited!  Dave has always had more than a passing interest in Science (specifically physics) and I think Ben just liked the fact that things might explode!! Who wouldn’t?  In typical boy style, they decided to dive in with the Super Snot experiment – sadly, despite their best efforts (and much re-reading of the instructions from Dave) the experiment was a bit of a flop and nothing really seemed to happen.  Both boys were disappointed!  I know they’re both keen to have a go at the other experiments in the set though!

After a busy afternoon of building, examining and investigating – had Ben found his new ‘thing’?  Perhaps not, but what he had done was build on his current passions and found new ways to explore them.  I want my boy to grow up proud of who he is and the things he’s interested in. Not to feel he has to bend and conform to be like everyone else.

Fruit Shoot #ItsMyThing

Fruit Shoot launched the “It’s My Thing” campaign to celebrate our children’s individualism and to build their confidence to be a bit different, to encourage creativity and self-expression – things which are all to often stifled in modern society.  You can join in and celebrate your kid’s ‘things’ on the FruitShootGB Facebook page as well as finding advice and information from Dr Ranj Singh on helping your children to find their ‘thing’. (I’ve had dinner with him you know, twice – he’s lovely!)

I’d love to know if your child has a ‘thing’ already – what do they love? How do you encourage them?

Research conducted with 2,000 parents of school aged children in February 2017. 

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