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Pre-School Parent’s Evening – What to Expect

Pre-School Parent’s Evening – What to Expect

Our eldest daughter is in a state pre-school and has been there for a couple of terms, so they know her well and have a good idea of where she is in terms of development. We like to keep track of where she is as parents, so that we know what we need to be working on at home, in order to help her progress. That’s why when it came around to our first pre-school parents evening, I was looking forward to finding out how she was doing and where we should be going from here.

What to expect at your first pre-school parent’s evening –

I don’t believe that these kinds of parent’s evenings are serious business, in fact I know a few mums and dads who didn’t feel the need to attend at this stage. I do think it’s good to show willing though and even if you are pushed for time, it will only take around ten minutes out of your day. Even if pre-school doesn’t seem that crucial to you, it’s massive in your child’s world and that’s always worth remembering.

Children at this age have early years targets to meet and your child’s teacher should give you a good idea of where your child is at with respect to reaching them. It’s good to discuss this with their teacher as you may be aware of a milestone that has been reached at home, that their teacher hasn’t witnessed. So you can put your thoughts together to get a very clear picture of where your child is at developmentally.

Your child’s teacher will also discuss the social aspects of school life. How well they are settling in. If they’re making friends and if they’re having positive conversations with their peers. All of this information gives you a good idea of how your child is behaving when you aren’t around. Again, this is a good way to gauge what your child is doing well and what you may need to be working on at home. My favourite part of parent’s evening was a look at our daughters file and reading through her learning journey so far. It’s amazing to read and see what your child has been achieving at school.

It will make your heart melt and you’ll probably shed a tear, but pre-school parent’s evening is a must in terms of attendance!

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The Ways of a Woman with Ambition

The Ways of a Woman with Ambition

I’ve never described myself as a woman with ambition before. My usual take on life is more sit on the fence, rather than fight for what I believe in. I’ve always worked hard, but I’ve never had a passion for what I’ve done. I’ve always been happy enough to do an honest days work, without needing to push the boundaries or seek ways to continue to learn and grow.

I’m not exactly sure when things changed. I suppose it was sometime after having children, probably during the time I was pregnant with our second. I began writing and steadily things began to change. I found time to write and I found time to learn, I still do. After a while I began to realise that I didn’t have to let the world pass me by, I could join in the fun and make something of myself along the way.

My world is now full of opportunity, I learn something new each and every day. Educating myself doesn’t seem like the chore it used to. I have fire in my belly and I have a constant need to feed it, to keep it burning. Cheesy I know, but it’s hard to describe just how much passion I have for what I do and for all of the amazing things I’m yet to learn.

 

New plans for 2018 –

Over the past year especially, The Tale of Mummyhood has gone from strength to strength. I have so many ideas and plans in the pipeline for my little corner of the internet. 2018 will be a time of new beginnings for me too, with the launch of my second blog Salubrious Place! Earlier in 2017 I had the idea to start another blog with more of a focus on health, beauty and wellbeing. Areas that I have so much interest in, but don’t always fit well with my first blog.

I dabbled with Salubrious Place when I initially had the idea, but the time just didn’t seem right. I didn’t have it planned out well enough and found myself becoming overwhelmed, a little like spinning plates. I’ve had many months to plan now though, so I’m determined for 2018 to be the year I really get Salubrious Place off of the ground.

So now I have two blogs, that are in a lot of ways connected, but also very separate. I’m ready for the work load and even more than that, I’m ready for the learning curve! 

 

Finding time for the day job –

As well as all of this, late in 2017 I was offered an opportunity to go back to hairdressing one day a week. This isn’t something I’d been planning on doing, but it’s another string to my bow and something I just couldn’t say no to. It’s still a self-employed role and I choose the hours that I work, which means I can fit it around Hubs’ shifts to avoid any childcare issues.

I must admit, the first few weeks were hard. I’ve never left the girls to go out to work before and as much as I know people do it all of the time, it wasn’t the norm for our family. I very nearly quit before I’d even begun as I was so bothered by having to leave them. Within a year or so though, both girls will be at nursery and that’ll mean I have to leave them whether I like it or not.

This year I’m going to need to be on top of my game to achieve my goals and to grow every aspect of my business further. Determination, organisation and passion are the ways of a woman with ambition! 

 

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Our Adventures with the Toddlebike2!

Our Adventures with the Toddlebike2!

As as family, we love to spend time outdoors. We enjoy nothing more than heading out into the fresh air, to get a little exercise. Now that our youngest is on her feet though, we’ve found that we do less walking as she gets tired so quickly. She doesn’t like being confined to the pushchair either, so we needed to find something that suits all of us. Luckily our saviour and founder of the Toddlebike2 Jo Hockley, got in touch to see if we’d like to try out her fabulous creation!

The Toddlebike2 is a kind of ‘pre-balance’ bike, best suited for children around eighteen months or who are stable on their feet. Founder Jo discovered the first generation Toddlebike when she was holidaying with her family in Belgium. Her young son had a great time on this version of the Toddlebike!  On returning home Jo negotiated the rights with the manufacturer and so the Toddlebike2 we know today was produced.

 

 

Cycling Fun with the Toddlebike2

 

Prior to our Toddlebikes arriving, I wondered how well our littlest would get on. She’d never used this type of bike before, so I thought it would take a little getting used to. I was reassured by Jo that even if she didn’t take to it immediately, she would find her own way with it and eventually love it. This was absolutely true! For the first couple of weeks, the littlest walked around with her bike, she then progressed to sitting on the crossbar. Now she rides her Toddlebike like she’s been doing it forever!

 

 

The Toddlebike is really lightweight so it’easy for both girls to push and pull around, when they aren’t racing each other up and down the room! This makes it great for taking out too, if the girls decide they want to walk for a while, it’s no trouble to carry the bike for them as there’s no weight to it at all. Even though it’s so light, it’s still a solid piece of kit that will stand the test of time. Ours have had so much use over the last few weeks and they still look like new, even after being outside!

 

 

One of the things I love most about the Toddlebike2 is the confidence it’s given our littlest whilst learning to walk. She hasn’t been on her feet long, but after using her bike she has improved so much as she’s constantly on her feet pushing or riding her bike around!   Our eldest daughter who is a little over two, took to her Toddlebike immediately. She loves taking her bike outdoors and racing against her sister!

 

 

Overall, the Toddlebike2 has been a huge success in our house. They may seem simple, but these bikes really are a game changer when it comes to heading out with kids. At £23.95 they aren’t expensive and you certainly get your money’s worth! They come with us everywhere we go, we’ve come to realise that you never know when a Toddlebike2 will come in handy!

 

Do you love the Toddlebike2? Then don’t miss out on 10% discount using the code BLOG17 at the Toddlebike shop!

 

 

*We were sent two Toddlebikes for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are own.

 

 

 

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Kick Start your Career: Inspire – Blogging for Beginners eBook

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