Winter Music With Your Toddler: December

There’s no denying, the excitement in December is completely infectious when you have little ones to share it with. Even if they are too young to understand the meaning of Christmas, they can still enjoy its magic. Christmas decorations, an increase in visitors, and mysterious parcels appearing around the house, are all indications to your toddler that something different is going on! However, if your child is anything like J, things can sometimes get a bit overwhelming. If we try to move him too far from his daily nap, or put him to bed late too many nights in a row, he can get a little stressed and unsettled.

Ensuring we still have plenty of one-on-one time with him, with lots of age-appropriate activities helps him to feel a sense of normality. We try to attend whatever groups he usually goes to through December, and make sure he has some down-time as well, away from too much stimulation. Try some of these winter music activities with your toddler this December:  Continue reading “Winter Music With Your Toddler: December”

Christmas 2017: 9 Best Children’s Books

Children’s literature is nostalgic at the best of times, but Christmas is full of absolute classics, sparking so many memories! I remember the anticipation in the air as we would settle down on Christmas Eve for one last Christmas story before the big day. Magical memories are created for you and your children in those moments. For the last 2 years, we have given J a new Christmas story on 1st December, for us to enjoy together throughout the month. Gifting books in Christmas Eve boxes is also a lovely idea. He was given quite a few stories last Christmas Day, which didn’t get read much last year, but they were a lovely surprise when I dug the Christmas decorations out last weekend. Books last a lifetime, and you are never too old to enjoy a Christmas tale. Here are our top picks for Christmas 2017: Continue reading “Christmas 2017: 9 Best Children’s Books”

Halloween 2017: 5 Best Children’s Books

I love Halloween! There are so many things to enjoy at this time of year with your kiddies, and it marks the start of several months of events and celebrations. It’s a great excuse to dress-up, and there are lots of toddler and children’s parties to attend. Pumpkin picking is something I’m really excited about this year, as we’ve never done it before! It’s also a lovely time for snuggling up at home with a film on, enjoying hot chocolates as a family, and reading some great ghost stories. Here are our favourite children’s books for Halloween 2017… Continue reading “Halloween 2017: 5 Best Children’s Books”

September 2017: 4 Best Children’s Books (With A Musical Theme)

Books are definitely one of J’s favourite things. They are one of the only things that he will sit still long enough to enjoy. Whenever he is upset, they are sure to calm him down. He has his favourites, but is happy to sit with any book as long as someone is reading it to him. With September now upon us, my attention is slowly turning towards the unmentionable…Christmas! I know that he will be getting lots of lovely books from Father Christmas, as this is where I need your assistance. What books would you most highly recommend for a boy, aged 18 months and beyond? What are your absolute essentials that feature on your children’s bookshelves? I’d love some help please! In the meantime, here are our 4 best children’s books from September 2017: Continue reading “September 2017: 4 Best Children’s Books (With A Musical Theme)”

August 2017: 5 Best Children’s Books (With A Musical Theme)

This month, I was excited to try out a new idea. Worthiness ambassador, Niki Meadows (https://nikimeadows.com) told me that she always listens to classical music while reading to her children. She claims that it enhances the reading experience, and that it allows her to be more animated as she follows the rise-and-fall of the music. Continue reading “August 2017: 5 Best Children’s Books (With A Musical Theme)”