One word to describe our first two days of potty training: Disaster

The boy totally refuses to sit in the potty, in fact we have 3 different potties, a trainer seat, a portable potty, you name it, we have it and we tried them all.

We tried bribing him with stickers, cookies, chocolate and he still won’t sit or contemplate doing it. By the end of the weekend and after endless incidents we were all exhausted and very stressed.

Nursery are taking over for the week now, they keep saying it’s ok and they will give it a go, but to be honest I am not very confident. Daddy is ready to throw the towel already, aren’t men useless?, but I really think we need to keep at it for a few weeks before giving up.

People keep telling he has to be ready. I think he is ready, he is 3 and I think he is aware, but he is stubborn and also a bit lazy, he keeps saying he is a baby and wants to keep wearing nappies, of course we keep telling him he is a big boy and big boys don’t wear nappies

I have done this before with my other son, but I don’t remember it being so difficult. I just hope we are just having a bad start and things will improve towards the end of the week.

Please tell me I am not the only one that has had a disastrous first few days.

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This weekend I will mainly be potty training……

My 5 year old was potty trained a couple of months after he was 2, it was easy, he was interested and we managed to do it after a couple of weeks.

I now think it’s time to start with my 3 year old, the only problem is that even though he knows he is going to do a poo, and he can let us know in advance , he will not sit in the toilet, or potty, or trainer seat..  He just refuses

I have told him I will be giving him stickers and little treat whenever he uses the potty but he just doesn’t want to talk about the subject… he says he is a baby and not a big boy..

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Wish me luck….

Any tips?

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Holidays are not what they used to be pre children, gone are the days of lazing around by the pool reading a book or having a drink. These days are more about making sure the kids don’t fall into the water or disappear on a crowded beach. To be honest, I find holidays a tiny bit stressful and not relaxing at all

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We are off on holidays very soon and I plan to send my children to the resort’s kids club a couple of hours a day. I am sure they will love it and it will give us a bit of quiet time but I can’t help but feeling a bit guilty.

Am I the only one that finds stressful holidaying with kids?

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They say gift wrapping is an art… not sure if it is true  or not but I am  obsessed with it.

I always wanted to be one of those mums whose presents look very stylish and extremely well wrapped. My study is filled with lot’s of different rolls of paper, ribbons, labels, whasi tape etc. I flick through Pinterest and admire the lovely pictures of amazingly well presented presents and I just want to replicate them

These are some of my favourites below

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Unfortunately, my wrapping never goes according to plan, I always end up leaving it to the last minute, usually the night before, and  as I wrap it all in a rush I forget my washi tape or my ribbons and I always end up deciding that I will need to leave my stylish wrapping until the next time

It was my son’s birthday on Sunday and as usual I left things to the last minute and wrapped his presents in a rush on Saturday night

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Do you think he noticed my bad wrapping? NO, in fact  he ripped the paper apart in one second…

I will in the meantime, carry on adding images to my pinterest board and hope I can put some of those ideas into practice next time we have a birthday…

Please tell me I am not the only one with this obsession…

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Having two young children in the house means we have endless bits of “art” everywhere. My eldest is always asking for blank pieces of paper to do some drawing and colouring, my youngest comes from nursery every week with more pieces of art and frankly I don’t know what to do with all those bits. I have started putting the nicest things in a folder and the idea is to keep it  for when they are older, just like my parents have done with my stuff.

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The other day my son came from nursery with this really nice painting, it was on done on a black card and it had nice colours and a bit of glitter, so I decided to get a frame and see how it looked.  I bought a white frame and look at the result.

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I think it looks stunning, and I it looks like something done by an abstract artist…. Tate Modern anyone?

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I am now going through my eldest son’s old stuff to see if I can find something on black card to do the same thing and have them both on the wall.

I think these will also make great Christmas presents for the grandparents, don’t you think?

Do you do anything with your children’s art?

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