My two-year old daughter is absolutely obsessed with films. She switches between each one and becomes completely obsessed. I didn’t realise that toddler obsessions was a thing until I had a toddler myself.

Parenting.com writes about how obsessions are a way of them seeking routine and security which is very normal. The hard thing is monitoring how much you allow your child to indulge in their obsessions.

My daughter would watch some films on repeat all day if I let her. So screen time definitely has to be monitored. Before I had any babies I thought I would let them watch less TV than they do. I wrote about it in my post here.

Current film favourites

The one that is her current number favourite, is the film Trolls. She loves it so much she would watch the film every single day. She prefers the Trolls Holiday version but can quite happily sit through the full film.

Before Trolls the obsession was Moana and before that Frozen. This is my poem for my two-year old toddler.

Toddler Obsessions (a poem)

We’ve been out today,
So at home we will stay,
Its time to make a decision,
What do you want to watch on television.

Lets watch a flick,
You can choose one quick.
Moana you cry,
Ok one more time I sigh.

All the songs we know,
How far I’ll go.
Eyes glued to the screen,
Don’t try to interveen.

Sometimes we turn to Frozen,
So with the dvd it goes in.
A world of ice and snow.
We all know Let it go.

You changed the film somehow.
Trolls is a favourite now.
With colour, sparkles and glitter.
It gives Mum a break to check out Twitter.

Toddler obsessions watching films

If you enjoyed this poem see some others I’ve written;

Snowy Days
Tired mum needs a break
Daddy’s Home

Thanks for reading.

Rock painting with childrenRock painting with children is one of the latest trends. I came across it when I was looking for low-cost craft ideas to do with my toddler. Rocking painting incorporates the trend of rock painting and then hiding them.

Rock painting is basically where you take a rock which you have found or bought, paint it and then hide for another to find.

There are whole communities of people painting, hiding and seeking rocks in their local areas. Usually hiding their rocks in local parks or tourist spots.

Many sign up to Facebook groups to share their passion and support one another. Love on the rocks Facebook group is one of the largest ones in the U.K.

The level of creativity you can find in the Facebook groups is outstanding. There are truly some artists in the UK creating masterpieces on rocks. This is a trend that is not only popular with children but is growing more and more so with adults as well.

Rock Painting with Children

Why it’s a great craft for children?

Children can be as creative as they want to be with this hobby craft. They love getting out the paints and creating their own little rocks.

There is no right and wrong to this craft that’s why it’s so wonderful for children. Even some simple colours on a rock can transform it ready for hiding.

The children then have the joy of taking their rocks to their local park and finding hiding spots. If you hide them well the rocks might not be found for a long time, so you can keep checking up on them each visit.

If you are connected to a Facebook group you can always add a note on your rock so that others know where to find you.

What do you need to rock paint?

rock painting with children

Our simple rocks painted by Rose aged 2

As in the simplicity of this craft you only need a few things to get going, especially when doing rock painting with children;

  • Rocks (big enough to get creative with but not too big so you can’t carry them!)
  • Paint – acrylics work best
  • Paint brushes – any small brush would work for children
  • Varnish – a low-cost varnish will do
  • Apron – worth getting your child to wear an apron when using acrylics

How to rock paint

  1. Choose and clean your rock
  2. Choose a design or go free flow when painting
  3. Paint your rock
  4. Let dry
  5. Varnish your rock
  6. Let dry
  7. Take you rock out and hide!

Ideas for your rocks

  • Glitter bugs
  • Lady bugs
  • Seasonal rocks
  • Favourite characters

We have hidden some of our rocks locally so are looking forward to seeing if they have gone next time we go into the park. Here our hidden rocks on instagram.

If you are looking for other ideas on crafts to do with your children see Aldi Christmas Fairy and Elf doors and Aldi Christmas Baubles Craft.

Good luck with your painting.

During the summer we took my two daughters to visit Peppa Pig World. It was our first time visiting there as both of our girls are Peppa mad. This is my Peppa Pig World Review, all opinions are my own and this is based on our personal experience.

Peppa Pig World

What and where is it?

Peppa Pig World is part of Paultons Park based in the New Forest, England. Paultons Park is a theme park in its own right with over 70 rides. Peppa Pig World sits inside the theme park as a distinct area.

If your never heard of Peppa Pig I’m not sure where you have been! You can discover more about this pink pig and her friends here.

Peppa Pig World contains rides, life-size figurines, food outlets, a gift shop and a chance to meet your favourite characters.

How much is it?

Depending on when you go it costs just under £20 a head to get into the whole park. It’s the same price for adults and children.

Children under a metre in height go in free but this is with shoes on. As a warning they are super strict on it so if you child is bang on a metre you will have to pay.

The total cost for a whole family can be a bit off putting, but you do get a lot for you money if you maximise a full day there.

Best Bits

The best bit for me as an adult was watching the amazement in my daughters eyes. She honestly couldn’t contain her excitement from being there.

In my toddlers opinion the best bits were the rides and getting to meet Peppa and George.

Our favourite rides were Grandpa Pigs Boat Trip, George’s Dinosaur Adventure and Peppa Pig’s Balloon Ride. All the rides are suitable for toddlers and some are even ok for babies which makes Peppa Pig World very inclusive.

Peppa and George have set times to come out so you can meet them. You can queue up to have a short meet and greet and take photos. They also walk around Peppa Pig World so the children can wave and talk to their favourite characters. This was wonderful for the little ones.

Not to be forgotten is the rest of Paultons Park! We were so glad we didn’t spend the whole day just in Peppa Pig World as the park has lots of other areas to it. There are the gardens and lake,  birds and animals, the lost Kingdom (dinosaur theme area) and plenty of other rides.

With my toddler we thought we would be limited to only Peppa Pig World but she was able to go on many more including the Raging River Login Flume, Seal Falls, Digger Ride and the traditional carousel.

She loved the log flume so much we ended up going on it 6 times!

What could be better?

We went after the school summer holidays on a weekday and Peppa Pig World was still busy.  We had to queue for everything including the rides and meet and greet. Toddlers and queuing do not mix so be prepared to find other things to keep them occupied.

Typically for a theme park the food choices were rather limited. In the majority of outlets choice was generally between burger or hotdogs with chips.

Overview

Peppa Pig World and Paultons Park makes for a wonderful day trip with the children. It is a brilliant for Peppa Pig fans, but I’m sure those who aren’t would get a lot from it as well.

We are planning on going again next year, as my almost three-year old still talks about her day seeing Peppa.

I hope this Peppa Pig World Review has been helpful for you, thanks for reading.

There are lots of things I didn’t think I would do as a parent which inevitably now I do. Before having children I’ll admit I didn’t realise how hard parenthood really is. You only really ever see a snapshot of a parents daily life. There is so much that happens when no one else is watching.

You never know how much sleep the parent had the night before. Whether they had to endure a massive temper tantrum just getting shoes on. Or if they haven’t even had a chance to grab a coffee that morning.

Things I didn’t think I would do as a parent

Let them watch TV

Watching TV face

Before kids I assumed that I would greatly limit the amount of TV my children watch. I had vaguely heard of the channel CBeebies but hadn’t yet appreciated how important it would become in my life.

CBeebies has been a life saver at times. Especially this year during the early days of bringing a baby home, to a house with a toddler. TV became the only way to pacify my toddler so I was able to spend thirty minutes with the baby.

I do try to limit the amount my children watch, but in these winter month’s it’s not always easy. You’ve been up since six, fed them, taken them out, fed them again, put them down for a nap, done an activity at home….tv becomes a very helpful friend to occupy them for an hr or so while you get jobs done.

After all my efforts I probably haven’t succeeded in limiting TV as much as I hoped As at ten months old my baby’s first word was Peppa Pig!

 

Eat anything apart from healthy snacks

With my first-born I was very strict on only feeding healthy snacks. Until her first birthday she had never tasted any chocolate, crisps or biscuits. Snacks included vegetable sticks, rice cakes and fruit.

Move on two years and my ten month old has already pinched crisps from plates, had buttons shoved in her mouth from sister and devoured a biscuit on first sight.

It becomes an impossible task to keep a second child away from ‘treats’ if their siblings are exposed to them. Unhealthy snacks are everywhere and always attract young eyes.

During the Christmas season its harder than ever. To counter balance the treats I try to feed them healthy balanced meals. In the hope that they understand that treats, are treats, and balance is best.

Listen to children’s music all the time

My daughters love listening to children’s music. Everything from nursery rhymes for the baby to pop songs sung by Justin Fletcher (aka Mr Tumble).

Whilst pregnant with my first born, I remember saying to my own mother ‘I won’t be spending all my time listening to children’s music’. She likes to remind me of this, when we have had ‘Head Shoulders Knees and Toes’ on repeat for thirty minutes.

Parenthood is full of choices and decisions, some big and small. Now I am a parent I try not to judge anyone’s individual choices for their family. We all go down different paths and as long as the child is safe, cared for and happy, there are no rights and wrongs.

 

Is there anything you didn’t think you would do as a parent?
It would be great to get your comments, so please share below.

This post covers my reasons for creating a list of chores for a three year old.

I am shortly due to return to work after my second maternity leave. When I’m back I know that I will be busier than ever juggling home and work life. Currently we have no help in the home, so all household chores are split between myself and my husband.

My eldest daughter is approaching her third birthday and she is growing more independent every day. I would like to see her gradually take more responsibility for herself during her third year, to take the burden off me a little bit.

This got me thinking about what chores might be age appropriate for a three year old. Obviously at the turn of three she will still need a lot of supervision. However I believe she should now be capable to start completing some chores on her own with help.

I don’t expect perfection from her, which I don’t believes exists anyway. What I would like is some sign of effort from her to take ownership of her own chores.

Suitable chores for a three year old

These chores are designed to encourage indepence and self ownership.

Personal Chores

  • Help in making the bed each morning.
  • Tidying away toys after play in both bedroom and living space.
  • Put any rubbish into the appropriate bin.
  • Taking own coat and shoes off when arriving home and putting them in the correct place.
  • Putting clothes into laundry basket at the end of each day.

Home Chores

  • Helping set the table, even if it’s just carrying cutlery from kitchen.
  • Placing used cutlery and plates (plastic only) into sink/dishwasher.
  • Assisting with routine pet care, including putting their food out and brushing pets.
  • Joining in with making breakfast, from pouring out cereal, getting milk from fridge or choosing yoghurt.
  • Dusting the skirting boards with a sock.
  • Helping pick leaves or pulling weeds in the garden when weather is nice.

 

Tammymum