This 50 step guide to sex after babies will probably ring a few bells for anyone who has nearly wet themselves laughing when the health visitor asked "And what form of contraception are you using?" the day after getting home from the hospital with a newborn baby. We all know it can sometimes be tricky feeling (ahem) 'romantic' after you have kids, but any article about sex that includes the line "You're thinking about Fireman Sam, aren't you?" is likely to be worth a read.
If you have kids who love to collect facts and are interested in nature (er, that should include most of them, right?) then please tell them all about stag beetles. These creatures are so amazing, and I personally had no idea that a) they live underground for 5-7 years and only have a few weeks flying around as adults, b) they have hardly changed for millions of years and c) they are seriously endangered. This Facebook post about Identifying and protecting Stag Beetles explains why they often end up on pavements, and how to help them if you find them.
From how many fruit and veg in a day to how many hours we read with our kids at night, not to mention hours of sleep, exercise, glasses of water, the targets associated with parenting seem to be endless and all rather impossible. One sticky subject is that of screen time...in her article 'Why are we so scared of kid's "Screen Time"' Lucy Unwin suggests that it really is a case of quality not quantity, and that some screen time is downright brilliant. She says a lot more too, but you have to read that for yourself. On a screen.
I have a lot of love for the beauty journalist Sali Huges. Her article Let's hear it for honest celebrities from The Pool celebrates the rare moments of candid openness in public life. Whether it's admitting to using Botox, having a full time nanny or just dodging the carbs, Sali argues that that honesty from celebrities we might admire helps us all do a little less comparing. They aren't superwomen, and we don't have to be either. Phew!
It seems to be instinctive for parents (mothers in particular) to worry about our offspring. We have evolved to protect them from danger. However, statistically speaking, it turns out that the risks of unsupervised play for our kids may be much lower than the risks of NOT having any unsupervised play. We need to learn to let them take risks, so that they can learn about risk for themselves. Dear Parents: Your kids would be better off if you just chill out.
I've shared recipes from A Pinch of Yum before, and they are simply yummy (we are big fans of this 20 Minute Lemon Pesto Penne). This weekend I thought we might try this Simple Hiosin Glazed Salmon, what do you think? Where do you find new recipes for your family? I'm always looking for new ideas for healthy tasty meals we can share, I'd love to know what your family enjoys to eat.
Kids love repetition of familiar stories, and my kids loved some so much that their words are etched eternally on my brain (The night Max wore his wolf suit...). I imagine most parents are the same. Read all about word-lover and book worm Lucy Mangan's new found passion for reading picture books with her son, including Max the Brave by Lolly friend Ed Vere, over on the Penguin Books Blog: Picture books are where it's at. Where it's all at.
I was lucky enough to attend the most stupendously brilliant blogging conference, Blogtacular, in London last weekend. I haven't finished processing the whole experience yet. The tips, the people, the inspiration, the technical wizardry and the styling fun, not to mention the photos, will take a while to sort through, and I will post properly about it soon. One little gift I picked up, in a really informative talk about Pinterest from Zoe Pearson, was a reference to the account My imaginary well dressed toddler daughter. Now made into a book, it is a brilliant spoof on kids fashion, where Tiffany Beveridge adds hilarious captions to pins. Please check it out if you need an antidote to all this serious parenting business. I'm quite tempted to use her style when listing new products on the website...
The poppies are bursting through the pavement here in East London.