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The Nativity and how it related to me this week

We are due our third child in April. We were now faced with getting a double pram and getting rid of our old silver cross. This was abit emotional for me as we've had it for 6 years. It was Jamie's pram then Rosie used it but now seeing as we'll be having another baby in quick succession we needed a double pram.  After toying with the idea of keeping the silver cross and just using a buggy board for Rosie we chose the babylo duo x2 which is great for our needs as I realised Rosie would only be 13 moths when the new baby arrives and a buggy board was not going to be practical. But I was then torn about what to do with the old silver cross. Most people would give it to charity to sell or just sell it on themselves. However, this didn't feel right to me.  For a week I pondered about what to do and then suddenly I thought of the Nativity story. It sits differently with me now that I'm a parent. When I was taught the story in school the focus was of course on the baby Je

Sleep deprivation- the difference between the first and second child.

 Sleep deprivation is something all soon to be parents are told to expect. I'm now on my third pregnancy and I have noticed a difference in  lack of sleep between both of my children at different stages. With my first it felt awful at the start because I wasn't used to it. I was trying to breast-feed and keep on top of the housework. Everyone kept saying sleep when the baby sleeps, but how could I when there was so much stuff that I had to do? Some chores could only be done when he was sleeping, like taking the finished laundry upstairs and putting it away.  But new-born stage soon turned into baby stage and he began sleeping for longer periods at night and so I wasn't as tired during the day and so I had more energy for other activities. By nine months he was on formula and basically sleeping through the night, though getting him to sleep was still a song and dance but once he was sleeping that was him. My daughter on the other hand is different entirely. The new-born stag

The not so naughty elf on our shelf

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The elves are back! Many people bring elf on the shelf into their homes at the start of December. The elf comes alive at night and ends up getting up to mischief. The child finds out in the morning what the elf has got up to. Elf on the shelf watched the child throughout the day and then reports back to Santa if the child has been naughty or nice. While the idea seems good it is flawed. How can we teach our children to be good by using threats of the elf telling on them when the elf themselves misbehave.   I have found a resource that has a Christmas kindness countdown. The idea is that the child sticks a bauble onto Santa's beard for each day and they carry out the kind thing marked on the beard. The elf hides with the next days bauble, the child has to find the elf and bauble that morning before they can pick the kind act for the day. This helps to reinforce positive behaviour more so than threats of not getting presents.  To find this resource head to www.twinkl.co.uk and let m