Finding the Right Childcare

This is a sponsored post with Childcare.co.uk After deciding not to return to work after my maternity leave, I enjoyed a wonderful twenty months at home with Pickle before I threw myself back into the world of office work. It came about a little unexpectedly… I wasn’t particularly job-hunting, but just happened to spot a job I quite liked the sound of and it felt like the right time to try something new. Before I knew it, the job was mine and all of a sudden, I had just a few weeks to find a childcare option we were happy…

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How We Deal with our Toddler Biting

Our toddler is a biter. And dealing with biting is emotional. It’s by far the thing I’ve tried to Google the answer to the most as a parent (yes, even more than how-to-get-your-child-to-sleep). And whilst I can’t say we’ve found the magic solution (Pickle still does sometimes bite), I wanted to share how we’ve chosen to deal with it in case it’s useful for anyone else, and to help combat some of the feelings of isolation that come with being the parent of a biter. I feel I need to preface this post with a massive disclaimer: I am not, in…

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Painting with the DoddleArt Box

Initially, I was nervous about sending Pickle to Nursery. I was worried he’d be confused by it all. I was worried they wouldn’t care for him in the same way I would. And I was worried it wouldn’t be worth the money. But I needn’t have worried – Pickle absolutely loves it there. In fact, most nights he doesn’t want to come home. He gets to play all day long with his friends, he loves eating with them all at the little table and they spend lots of time outside – which is always his favourite way to spend time.…

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Dear Pickle: Your First Parents’ Evening

Dear Pickle, Oh, my baby boy. We are so very proud of you. This month, we had your first ever Parents’ Evening at Nursery and I don’t know why, but I was quite nervous beforehand. You see, it’s difficult to know how you’re doing, developmentally. I’m not a toddler expert. I don’t know what’s normal at your age. It’s difficult to know if you should be doing more. Saying more. Communicating better. Or whether you’re doing exactly what’s expected of you. I don’t want to compare you to your friends, as all children are different! Some of your friends are incredible…

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What hasn’t Nursery been telling me?

I was left in tears this week after a phone call from Nursery. It was about 3pm in the afternoon, and I could feel my adrenaline spiking when I saw the Caller ID display – what had happened? Was Pickle okay? I must have sounded slightly panicked when I answered as the first thing the Nursery Manager said was “Don’t worry, everything’s fine. I just wanted to have a quick chat.” Let me set the scene. Pickle has only been going to nursery since the beginning of February. He’s not yet had two full months there. It’s still all a…

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