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Starting School

Starting school? How did they get so big? What happened to my baby? School just seems so big and so scary! How will they possibly survive their first term? And's what more how will you survive it?...

Looking after kids with Chicken Pox

Chicken pox struck M three weeks back. The first two red spots appeared on a Sunday morning and by the evening they were popping up all over. Chicken Pox first appear as little red spots, but become blisters around 12 hours later. Having now Googled Chicken Pox I realised that the pesky virus could well have been the reason for M's uncharacteristic grouchiness earlier in the week. My biggest fear about the Chicken Pox virus had been dealing with the itching, something I thought was inevitable. BUT M barely felt the need to itch for the entire duration of the episode... ...

WIN! My Own Fairy Door

The Tooth Fairy is one of a trio of magical, mythical, characters who enchant little children... but until recently it's been really tough for the poor little Tooth Fairy  to sneak into kids rooms.... That was until My Own Fairy created a Fairy Door, complete with its own magic key, fairy dust and fairy club membership. Mums Make Lists has teamed up with the lovely people at My Own Fairy to offer two lucky readers the chance to win a My Own Fairy Door set to put a little fairy magic into their kiddo's life. ...

Losing Baby Teeth – The Lowdown!

My daughter, M, lost her bottom front baby teeth just before she turned five. Way early! To add to the craziness of how early it was... she also had what's known as paediatric shark teeth for a couple of weeks... Yip shark teeth... baby teeth still in place, but new adult teeth visible behind....

Motherhood 101: What You Need to Know

I did read the baby books. Honest. But stumbling through those first years of parenting I felt permanently stuck in motherhood 101. Every new milestone sent me spiralling into whole new degrees of ineptitude. How could an apparently intelligent human being get everything so horribly wrong? Know the feeling?...

Tooth Fairy Inspiration and Free Printables

Ahhh the Tooth Fairy. Along with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy is one of the most important characters in a kiddo's childhood. M was SO excited when the Tooth Fairy visited to check on her carefully wrapped up baby tooth, which she'd secreted under her pillow in a little jewellery box, complete with a note. On the advice of a friend's mum, M had asked in her note, that the Tooth Fairy simply inspect the tooth and leave it behind as a memento. The Tooth Fairy obliged and left her a hand-written note in fairy pink handwriting... and two shiny £1 coins. That's how things went with our first visit from the Tooth Fairy, but how do you go about, ahem, liaising with the Tooth Fairy, to make your kiddo's experience of her really special? We've put together some lovely Tooth Fairy inspiration and ideas, including some super free printables. ...

How to Help Unhappy Kids

Early this year, my 4 year old got unhappy about having to go to nursery. She was super clingy each morning and I found myself at a loss at what to "do" to help. She had good friends there and it was a lovely, warm environment which she knew well, so what was making her so unhappy ... ...

How To Get Out in the Morning

Hurry scurry. Panic. Panic. Me screeching "Commme onnn!" on loop ... Oh, I hate mornings!!! And the chaos as we struggle to get out of the door on time ... with everything we need ... ... and without tears ... or a humdinger row. More than anything, I hate my screeching. It's not just an angry demand to hurry up. It's the wail of an overwhelmed mum spinning out of control before the day's even started. ...

Simple Potty Training

Not looking forward to potty training? Don't worry, you don't have to do it... that's right, you can skip it. Jump straight to toilet training instead. Why? Because it's all very well potty training your child, but problems can start once a child is potty trained... ...

Avoiding After School Meltdowns

How exhausting is school, heh? My 4 year old just started "proper" school and by pick up I can actually see her brain whirring, overloaded with the day's newness. Getting home and to bedtime feels like a high wire act ... one teensy step wrong and we descend into meltdown and horridness. ...

Potty Training Help

So potty training is meant to take 3 days right? Hmmm ... if only ... My daughter showed all the signs of readiness. So we got the books on how she'd master the potty in 3 days flat and tried to follow them. And I really, really did try hard. But the house descended into a war zone. ...

Help Kids Calm Down

I find it so hard not to get mad when my daughter shouts and screams. It's not as if she does it all the time. But like most kids she screams sometimes if she's angry about not getting her own way. And sometimes when she's frustrated with me and can't find the words to express it. And sometimes when she's exhausted and struggling to move from one activity to another. And sometimes, the red mist descends and I can't stop shouting back. ...

Organize Kids Summer Schedule

I love the summer, of course. But it does mean routine goes out the window. Replaced by a frenzy of random play dates, summer camps, sports lessons and trips here there and everywhere And mind bogglingly complicated childcare involving family, neighbours & more. Trying to have everyone in the right place at the right time AND with the right stuff is the thing of nightmares. ...