Bribing Children

 

As a parent I feel like I spend quite a lot of my time bribing my children just to get them to behave. I know it’s bad and I shouldn’t do it but surely I am not the only one?

These are some of the things I find myself saying in a regular basis

  • If you do a wee in the potty I will give you a smartie
  • If you do a poo in the potty I will give you 2 smarties
  • If you don’t have any accidents all day I will give you a Kinder egg
  • Ok, yes if your brother does a wee, poo or has no accidents you can also have smartie or a kinder egg (my eldest is an excellent negotiator)
  • If you are good all day you can have a chocolate coin
  • If you pose nicely for mummy’s pictures you can have a chocolate muffin
  • If you are good on the plane we will go to McDonald’s
  • If you are not good I will cancel your birthday party
  • If you are not good I will call Father Christmas and tell him not to bring you any presents (I use this September to December)

I also used to give my eldest something from a treat box just before bed according to how good he had been during the day. Luckily (or unluckily for him) he is not the best behaved child so he didn’t get a treat very often. I have stopped that now as I want him to realise he has to be good regardless.

Do you bribe your children on a regular basis? Please tell me I am not the only one!

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When it comes to Spanish fashion Zara is probably the first name that comes to mind  but Spain has always be a very important textile producer country and there  are many other successful brands

There are many Spanish children brands that are doing really well worldwide but for some reason they are not so well known in the UK, not sure why but I guess price might be an important factor

I will be introducing you here to some of my favourites

Zara Kids

Zara is one of the biggest retailers in the world with over 5,000 stores in 85 countries, they are part of the Inditex group and as mentioned above they are probably the best known brand of all the ones I am listing here.

Zara’s strategy involves stocking very little and updating collections quite often, and unlike other brands that only update once a season, Zara restocks with new designs twice a week.

They offer on trend collections at an affordable price

Their ranges go from newborn to 14 years. I personally love their Mini collection 0 – 9 months

TUC TUC

TucTuc was founded in 1994 and they have 59 shops worldwide. They do not seem to have any presence in the UK or sell through any retailers here.  They were pioneers in online shopping, launching their online shop in 2009 when not many other Spanish brands were doing it.

Originality, colour of their designs and their excellent quality are their main selling points.

Tuc Tuc also have a nursery and accessories range which is quite popular in Spain.

My youngest son used to get lot’s of compliments on a a lovely Tuc Tuc jacket he had when he was a baby, it was gorgeous and very colourful

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MAYORAL

Probably one of the few Spanish brands known in the UK. They don’t have shops here but they are stocked by a some online retailers.

Mayoral was founded in 1941 so it has a long history in Spain, I remember wearing their clothes as a little girl. Their clothes are absolutely beautiful and are of great quality.

Look at the pictures below, aren’t they gorgeous?

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NANOS

Nanos is the most expensive of the 4 brands mentioned here.

They are the only Spanish children’s brand stocked in Harrods and they have a stand alone shop in Notting Hill. They dress royalty and celebrities and their clothes are very smart, they also have a “special occasions” range with outfits suitable for weddings, first communions, etc.nanos3

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What do you think of these brands? Do you know any of them? Which one do you like? Do you like Spanish children clothes?

 

 

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People are always surprised when they meet me and my family  and they hear us talk. I always speak to my children in Spanish and they always answer back in English, we have always done this and for us it’s normal but strangers find it a bit weird.

When I was pregnant I had this idea that I’d always talk to my children in Spanish, that they’d be able to visit my family in Spain and talk to their relatives in my language, but unfortunately it hasn’t happened. My children understand everything in Spanish but they don’t want to speak it.

I have read a bit into the subject and apparently their behaviour is normal, children should not be forced, and they should not see speaking another language as a chore. I keep saying to them that knowing Spanish is cool and we could talk between ourselves a no one else around would know what we are talking about – a bit like a secret code, but they still don’t want to do it.

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There are many advantages of speaking more than one language, bilingual children are supposed to have better analytical, social and academic skills.

I always get told things like “Don’t give up, carry on speaking to them in Spanish, one day they will speak it” or “Don’t give up, teaching them another language is the best gift you can give them. Yes, I know, I know, but I don’t want to be reminded millions of times, especially by random strangers.

I will not give up, I will carry on as we are. I have been living in the UK for nearly 20 years but I am Spanish after all, my kids are half Spanish and I really think it’s really important for them to understand this, and hopefully one day we will be able to speak to each other in  my language.

Has anyone got any tips or advice in raising bilingual children? I’d love to hear what other people do

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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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