One thing I’ve always been a little over cautious with is teeth, for myself and for the kids too. It was always drummed into me as a child that once the big teeth came through, that was it. Those were your teeth for life, and you need to take care of them. I admit to being a little paranoid about oral hygiene, but since teaching a number of children with rotten teeth I always feel my fears are justified. As parents, its up to us to set a good example for our children, and that means taking good care of ourselves too. I never ever skip brushing my teeth and I never let the kids skip it either. It’s one of those non negotiable tasks that nobody ever questions, thankfully! I was recently asked if I’d like to try out a few products from the UltraDEX range, and since this brand had already been recommended to me by my dentist, I jumped at the chance.
We were sent a tube of UltraDEX low-abrasion toothpaste, a bottle of daily oral rinse and a bottle of fresh breath oral spray.
UltraDEX are renowned for their dedication to oral hygiene with the range they sent me focused on eliminating bad breath, something that all of us are affected with at some point in our lives. Studies have found the bad breath occurs in the mouth in 9 out of 10 cases, and even those with clean mouths can suffer. Eek! I know that I’m always a little paranoid if I’ve eaten garlic or something else strong tasting the night before, and will always think twice if I have a meeting or another social engagement to attend. During pregnancy I was always very sensitive to the smell of other people’s breath (sorry!) and it’s something I do tend to pick up on more easily now. So I was rather excited to try this range and was interested to see whether I could tell the difference. (more…)
Planning schedules, switching houses, or organizing holiday – raising a child in two different homes is far from a piece of cake. Whether this situation is the result of a divorce or a separation or whether you’ve chosen to raise a child with a co-parent, there are certain rules to follow to make co-parenting work. For instance, co-parenting well is about good organization, effective communication and finding the best arrangement to make everyone as happy as possible. Here are a few tips to help you co-parent in a healthy way.
It’s about your child’s needs
When you go through a divorce or a separation, it’s normal to be overwhelmed by emotions such as anger or resentment. However, no matter how bad you feel, you must try not to let this affect your kids. If you need help and advice, it’s best to seek support from your family, friends or a therapist. Your kids will be so much happier if they see their mum and dad happy too. (more…)
I was recently contacted by Boots Soltan who wanted to let me know about their new app, the Soltan Sun Ready Challenge. Being fair skinned myself, I’ve suffered sun burn in the past and I know just how painful it can be. I also now know how dangerous the long term effects of sunburn can be too. Early over exposure to the sun can increase a child’s risk of developing melanoma (skin cancer) and surely that’s a risk that no parent wants to take. But then you have the fact that kids are notoriously bad at having sun cream applied. Well, mine are anyway. Faced with the prospect of two hourly wrestling matches with slippery and nimble small people, nobody would blame us for skipping one or two re-applications would they?
Please, please don’t skip re-applications of sun cream. Not even one. Please follow sun safety guidelines, and teach your kids about them too. (more…)
Dear Motherhood… I love you. I really do. I love hearing my name being called when the house is silent and a little person has woken, thinking of me- ME!- before anything or anyone else. I love that I can hold their little bodies against mine and literally feel their heart begin to slow, to drop into rhythm with my own. I love that their heads fit perfectly into that little nook between my shoulder and my chin, so that they can nestle there for cuddles no matter how old or how big they are getting. I love that. I love you. But I need to tell you that sometimes I hate you too.
Sometimes you make me lonely. Back when my tummy was huge and my circle of friends was tiny, you took advantage of me. You swamped me with hormones, made me believe I was invincible. Made me think that I didn’t need anybody. Fooled me into thinking that all I needed in the world was my baby, and that was it. And for a long time, I took you at your word. I was that ‘super mum’ I’d dreamt of being, and you made it so easy for me first time around. It seemed so natural to put a baby to my breast and to hold her forever in a haze of warmth and love and utter contentment. It seemed so natural to think only of my baby and never of myself. It seemed so natural to want to do it again. You were so good for me. (more…)