• Children,  happy,  health,  healthy,  love,  parenting

    Technology in Child Development – Good or Bad?

        Raising kids is not an easy task, and with full-time jobs, parents have their work cut out for them. But advice comes from all sides, and it’s hard to know whom to trust. Ultimately, each parent has to decide which way they want to raise their kids, and they can use all the help they can get – including technology. But kids have been raised without technology for thousands of years, so is that really necessary for successful parenthood? Let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons of using technology as a tool to raise our kids: Technology in education     Photo by luciano de…

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    5 Ways to Spend Quality Time with Kids

    Your life is always one big rush. You’re running to prepare breakfast, you’re running to ship your kids off to school, you’re running to work, then you’re doing the chores, then there’s that appointment you have to get to, and then there are a million more errands in the day that you have to finish! There’s never enough time for anything, and before you realize it, your child’s birthday is coming up and you wonder – when did they get to grow up so much? It’s a big modern age problem, that stressful, hectic rush that often makes us forget about the important things in life. So, how do we…

  • Anxiety,  Blogger,  Blogging,  Children,  Depression,  father,  feeling low,  happy,  love,  parenting

    When The Going Gets Tough, Turn To Your Family

    Family isn’t defined by who you’re related to by blood, it’s who is there for you when you need it the most. I’m not frightened of admitting that over the last six years of my life that I have needed a lot of help and support to keep me going. Sometimes it’s emotionally, sometimes it’s encouragement, and it has even been financially too. Life is in a nutshell, difficult. Things happen all of the time to many different people that you simply cannot predict. I have been so lucky to have such a wonderful family to help me through my entire life, and in my case it actually is my…

  • Children,  parenting

    Dear Son, You Make Me.

    You make me laugh, You make me cry, You make me teach, When constantly asking “why?”.   You make me better, You make me proud, You remind me of me, Especially when you’re being loud.     You’re so honest, You’re so loved, Sometimes I honestly think You were sent down from above.     You love your family, You love your friends, You’ve touched so many people’s hearts, Especially when they need a mend.     You’re so understanding, You’re so mature, Even though you’re only five, You always want to know more.   You make me clean, You make me pure, And I can honestly say, I’ve never…

  • Anxiety,  Blogger,  Children,  happy,  love,  Made Up Mummies,  parenting

    How To Deal With A Frightened Child

    Today I had to deal with one of the worst things a parent can see their child go through; fear. Dinky had an ophthalmology appointment today and although this isn’t the first time he has been to have his eyes checked, he was not happy during the whole car journey there. My Dad took us, and normally when he’s around all he can do is talk and blabber on about nothing. But today he was silent, with the odd sigh and whimper. He told us that he was bored, so we kept chatting to him to keep him occupied. Fast forward thirty minutes into the car journey and he lets…

  • Anxiety,  Blogger,  Blogging,  happy,  health,  healthy,  Made Up Mummies,  parenting

    I Don’t Want The School Holidays To End!

    Not long until the kids are back to school! I can literally hear the sigh of relief from a lot of you! I’ve got to admit, I have loved every second of the summer holidays with Dinky, he’s really come into himself as a character and his behavior has improved massively. Before the summer holidays, I was struggling with his behavior because he was very much chatting me back, doing everything opposite to what I had asked and in general, being a little pain in the bum. So what changed? Once the summer holidays started, I decided to start this trust routine with him. Before, whenever I left the room…

  • Beauty,  Blogger,  Blogging,  Depression,  exercise,  feeling low,  giving up,  happy,  health,  healthy,  mental health,  parenting,  review,  weight loss

    Big news in the Miss Pork Pie Household!

    I am super excited to be able to share with you all the news that I have taken the leap and decided to become a full-time blogger! It’s been something that I’ve wanted to do for ages, but never thought I’d achieve, at least not for a while anyway. It all came about because I have been really struggling to find childcare for Dinky over the summer holidays. There are plenty of people that could and would help me but I just couldn’t expect them to have him 5 days a week for the whole 6 week period. I really struggled to pull it together last summer holidays, and even…

  • Anxiety,  Blogger,  Blogging,  father,  happy,  health,  healthy,  parenting,  Uncategorized

    Dinky got glasses!

    Last year at parents evening, Dinky’s teacher recommended that we take him to get his eyes tested as she had noticed his depth perception was off. She also pointed out that he has got a bit of a squint in his left eye. Suddenly all of Dinky’s falls, bumps and spillage made more sense. I thought he may have just been a bit of a clumsy child (I know that I certainly was!). So I took him to see an optician who immediately referred him to see an opthalmologist at the hospital, where they would dilate his eyes to make sure they can diagnose and treat accurately. I’ve got to…

  • Anxiety,  Bad parenting advice,  Blogger,  Blogging,  Depression,  exercise,  happy,  health,  healthy,  illness,  parenting,  Uncategorized,  weight loss

    The Only Person You Should Try To Be Better Than, Is The Person You Were Yesterday

    It’s been quite a few months since I last posted anything on here, and after talking to the lovely Nikki over at keepingstrongandmovingforward.co.uk, I decided to sit and write a post again! I’m now working full time which is amazing, I only started the hours last week, and I’m absolutely exhausted, but looking forward to almost double my part time pay at the end of the month! I feel like things are slowly coming together at the moment. Back at the end of last year things were pretty dark for me. I felt really poorly a lot of the time, I drank way too much and I just lived to pay…

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    The Worst Things I’ve Been Told As A Parent

    Everyone has their own little ways of soothing, disciplining and in general just dealing with their child, and normally I say each to their own, but here are some of the most ridiculous things I’ve been told to do as a parent! -If your baby bites you, bite them back-I’m sorry but fuck off, if your baby is biting you, they are probably teething. Plus, I think taking a chunk out of your baby is classed as child abuse. Even if your child does it, and knows exactly what they’re doing, you still don’t bite your child. -Sleep when your baby sleeps-Oh Ok then, so who’s coming to do all…