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)
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