This past week was massive for our family. It was the week our daughter Ayla took her first steps in the big, wide world and began her first week at nursery.
When your child begins to speak, as most parents will attest to, you become somewhat of a translator for your them. Some things can get lost in translation.
Softplay trips can be the best of times and the worst of times. The mere mention of the word brings overcrowded spaces, screaming kids and your child potentially doing a damage to the mind’s eye. It can though, when you follow my tips below, be a fun, rewarding, bonding experience.
It’s Ayla’s 3rd birthday and we’re so excited. As frightening as the prospect sounds to us, this is the year she’ll start nursery and begin moving into the big, wide world. In three short years she’s achieved so much and we thought we’d mark the occasion by compiling a list of the things we love about our special girl.
I always remember picking my younger sister up from her weekly tap dancing lessons. I must have sounded like the crazy woman off Dance Moms (not that I’ve ever watched it!) as I told her misguided nuggets of advice such as “You have to be really good to reach the top of the tap world” and “You need to eat, live and breathe tap to succeed!”
I’d like to think it affects millions worldwide. You return home from a hard days work. Then take the kids through the bedtime routine. Finally get them down so you can eat tea. Then it hits you…the post-tea slump.
It was my wife’s first night out and my first night alone with Ayla. Why was I so hesitant to turn the light off?
- Pink leggings with brown knee socks (with decorative ribbon) over the knee aren’t, and never will be, in season.
- Long sleeve vests under short sleeved garments are a no-go.
- If you’ve cut the toes out of your child’s sleep suit for extra foot space don’t take them out in it. It’s not a good look.
As parents, bedtime stories usually come at the end of a hard day at work or chasing your child around all day. After limping around the house making a supper time snack, fetching pyjamas, brushing teeth and giving any required medicine you and your little one settle down to read the bedtime story. It’s only when you’re winding down for the day, you become prone to misreadings during storytime.
After two weeks paternity of what I now genuinely consider the happiest time of my life, the time had come to return to work.