Archive for Parenting toddlers

Solving my picky eater’s infuriating fussiness led us both to food sanity

Solving my picky eater’s infuriating fussiness led us both to food sanity

I used to feel like screaming into a pillow because of my daughter’s picky eating. She was four, had two younger sisters, was underweight, and she only ate beige food. Two bits of pasta. Then: I’d say: It was harder work than feeding our toddler….

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My favourite illustrated children’s book

My favourite illustrated children’s book

I can’t get enough of The Paper Dolls,written by the eponymous Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb. Rebecca Cobb is such a brilliant artist. I wish I could draw people and faces like that! I’m inspired to try to copy her pictures! It’s harder…

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Toddler bedtime hell: Uh-oh for the summer nights

Toddler bedtime hell: Uh-oh for the summer nights

It’s happening again, the same as last year. We thought we’d sussed it, and now it’s back: Bedtime hell. And I can’t believe it, I thought we’d learned some tricks. You have these battles too? What can you do about it?  After a four-month stint…

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Toddler fussy eaters: Small but significant solutions, one year on

Toddler fussy eaters: Small but significant solutions, one year on

My all-eating baby-led-weaned child went fussy, and for a while, it was a huge source of stress for me as a mother. Now, a year or so down the line, things are, I’d say, 50-60% better. Here are some of the tiny solutions that have…

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Snow, hail, rain, blue sky, wind bending the trees, clouds zooming. May you seize every sunbeam After scouring the internet for flights to Malaga and Tel Aviv, we’ve settled for celebrating Spring by taking the whippers for four nights in a shed in a nowhere…

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Growing radishes amid leaf mulch and dogmess

Growing radishes amid leaf mulch and dogmess

Learning wild gardening – here’s the first field report from my Berlin urban guerilla garden. There’s beauty in the detail Not paradise yet Since I started an urban garden with my daughter, I’ve mainly picked out dogmesses and fallen tiny pears from the tree we’ve…

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Toddler fussy eaters: How do you make kids like good food?

Toddler fussy eaters: How do you make kids like good food?

Parenting writer and blogger Yvonne Gavan gives five table-top tips for toddler fussy eaters Yvonne Gavan writes: I wonder how many hours, or even days, I’ve spent at the kitchen table, spoon in hand, willing a small child to take just one more mouthful of…

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Learning to ask

Learning to ask

I’m asking you to view and ‘like’ my animation on YouTube, to help me win a scholarship. Asking is humbling, but man, what a skill Children know how to ask How to depend. My nearly-three-year-old daughter asks me for all kinds of surprising things. This…

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What’s on the horizon on Illustrated Guide to Life?

What’s on the horizon on Illustrated Guide to Life?

Apart from typos, that is? And breastmilk fountaining over my macbook pro keyboard? Oh – did I mention that I’m having a baby? Good blog! On the horizon, I’m going to have my hands a little full. But that doesn’t mean this little blog boat…

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I’m having a baby. Will I ever go outdoors again?

I’m having a baby. Will I ever go outdoors again?

Yes, you’ll go out in the world together. And you’ll notice the seasons in such detail it’ll blow your mind. If you love nature, you might be surprised what outdoor holidays would work with a new family The great green world from Laura Eades on…

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