Rock Bottom: The DUP and Us.

As much as I try to be open and honest, there are two things I don’t often get into conversation with people over;

Religion and Politics

Today, however, I’m going to break one of those rules. Although only a little bit, though. Regular programming will resume shortly.

With Trump being elected President of one of the most powerful countries in the world and the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union, 2017 seems to be the year of absolute chaos politically. There is uncertainty, a lack of stability and, quite frankly, a lot of panic.

This morning made it no better, but what tipped me over the edge was finding out that our Prime Minister, for the sake of making her side “stronger”, has sided with a party against all that I stand for.

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ScoopLoop: Where Neighbours Become Friends (Review) [AD]

Over the past two years, I’ve had my fair share of trying to meet new people and get myself established in my own parenting “community”. I liked the idea of having a few friends with children the same age as T that I could ask for help or just have a meltdown in front of – it was a bonus if I could also meet other same sex families. But very quickly I realised that there weren’t many families like us nearby, so although I did feel isolated in that respect, making sure I wasn’t lonely became more important, so off I trundled to lots of baby groups!

Baby groups, especially ones that cover a huge area; are famous for having an array of parents as well as being extremely scary places. There were often established “cliques” that were difficult to get into – making any form of friendship building already difficult – or just getting the feeling that you’re the only one not really “getting” this parenting thing. It’s a very lonely place – even though, ironically, being a parent means that you’re in the biggest community in the world.

Thankfully for me, this period didn’t last long and I managed to gain some wonderful friends, but it’s something I wish I didn’t have to go through. I wished there was something that would have got me connected to neighbours and local groups a lot sooner.

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Days Out: Paradise Wildlife Park, Hertfordshire. 

What feels like a lifetime ago, we took T to Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire for his birthday treat as part of his second birthday celebrations!

We are big fans of farms and wildlife parks (we like zoo’s, just as long as they’re decent) so following a recommendation we decided to take ourselves further a field to visit somewhere new.

Paradise Park is huge wildlife park that not only houses an extraordinary variety of cats, but also boasts a number of breakout areas such as a woodland walk, train rides, and several large play areas of varying sizes. One of the first things we noticed about the park was the variety of things to see and do.

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Two Words: Potty. Training. 

With T being the grand old age of two we did not yet think we would need to even *think* about potty training, let alone buying a potty and then a training seat because he preferred to stick the potty on his head.

We’d heard stories of boys being particularly lazy when it comes to toilet training so we didn’t want to rush into things. Plus, we’re very much a baby-led / toddler-led family – why would you want to create more stress than necessary?

So when T reached the apparent potty training “age” we decided to ignore it and carry on as we were and watch out for the signs of T being ‘ready’.

If you’re not already aware, the advice according to Dr Google, in brief, says the signs that your child may be ready for potty training are:

  • You’re changing fewer nappies.
  • Your child’s bowel movements are predictable.
  • They broadcast their bowel movements!
  • There is a dislike dirty nappies.
  • Understanding the bathroom lingo (answering whether they’ve gone to the toilet, for example) and/or know the words for wee and/or poo.
  • Simple undressing such as pulling their trousers up and down is occurring.

T probably ticks most of these, but when we were faced with protest at the suggestion of sitting on the potty we stopped. One day, however, a few months before T’s second birthday, T started to tell us when he’d had a “wee wee”. So with this, we bought a potty and started introducing it around the house, inviting T to sit on it (fully clothed or not, whatever). He wasn’t keen for a while and often used it as a bucket for his toys or a hat, but we were in no rush so went with it.

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Our Holiday to The Lake District

Over the week of my 30th birthday, Sharon booked a week’s holiday to The Lake District in an attempt to see the last few days of my 20’s in relaxation mode! Starting off as a secret, Sharon simply put the postcode into the sat nav and off we went! Some 4 hours over the expected 5 hour journey due to traffic problems we finally arrived in the Lake District!

We’ve never explored The Lake District, and to be honest the north of the country never really attracted us (apart from the most north location; Scotland – one day!). We’ve always headed to the west country as that’s where we’ve felt most at home, so the north was completely alien. Saying that, I did genuinely believe The Lake District was a lot lower than it was so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out how north it was – it’s certainly made me re think the north of England.

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The Person Behind the Parent {Natalie: Plutonium Sox}

Another month, another wonderful blogger to chat to about the person they are behind the parent.

Last month Sarah from Toby Goes Bananas told us about the person they are behind the parent, and this month we chat to Natalie from Plutonium Sox .

Please introduce yourself… 
I’m Natalie and I write Plutonium Sox blog – I know, I know, totally weird name but it’s just named after my dogs.
Where can we find you?
You find me on the Blog, on Facebook, on Instagram, on Twitter, on YouTube, and in Worcestershire, running around after my children.

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