Hold onto your hats, faithful readers: Hattie and Joe start school in February next year! School has been an ongoing topic of conversation in our house this year. We’d originally planned to send the two of them to the local Catholic school, but we reconsidered it late last year, after realising that said school was… Continue reading School visits
This week’s post is all about the four year old testosterone surge in four year old boys. Spoiler alert: I think it’s nonsense – not that four year old boys can’t be challenging (believe me, I know how challenging four year olds can be), but that a testosterone surge is what ‘causes’ it. And before… Continue reading The myth of testosterone surges
This is a bit of a gushing post, so indulge me. I’ve had a hugely busy year at uni, tackling the third year of my degree. As a result, I haven’t actually had much of an opportunity to spend time with Hattie and Joe during the week, aside from managing to squeeze in the occasional… Continue reading So proud
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!
This post is partially about our experience of sleep training with the Baby Sleep Consultant, and partially about other things we did that supported good sleep habits. It follows on from my recent post in praise of sleep training (and I am pro sleep training, and disinterested in judging other parents’ choices about their children’s sleep – so, if the… Continue reading Sleep: what helped us
It might seem strange that I’m writing about sleep training, given that Hattie and Joe have reliably slept through the night for the past four years. I’m broaching the topic for a reason that doesn’t usually motivate me to update this blog: I’m annoyed, and so I’ve decided to explain what’s bothering me, and why.… Continue reading In praise of sleep (training)