Center Parcs Whinfell Forest with toddlers

Center Parcs Whinfell Forest with toddlers

So over Easter we went on an extended family holiday to Center Parcs Whinfell Forest on the edge of the Lake District. Before we went I spent hours, literally, googling “Center Parcs Toddler Ideas” and “Center Parcs Whinfell Forest what to bring” hoping that I’d get some inspiration to ensure we made the most of our week. 

So here our my top tips, the other side of our trip!

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Bits and Bobs - March 2017

Bits and Bobs - March 2017

March just flew by, I had so many things going on after a crazy few months of hospital appointments and trips. Things like dentist trips (for the kids, I keep putting mine off), haircuts, smear tests - all the things that just kept getting pushed back. And then I finally got the work on my Down Syndrome Education course converted into a therapy programme for Daniel. That took two days hard work to come up with and I'm now into the 'making resources' phase. Anyway, here's what I've been enjoying this month:

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As long as they're healthy....but what if they're not?

As long as they're healthy....but what if they're not?

I stood waiting for my friend to get back from the toilet at a wedding. A guy I went to uni with came up for a chat. It’d been a good few years since we last spoke. Despite not being Facebook friends, I knew enough from other’s interactions with him that he was married and a dad. I don’t know how much he knew about my life these days, but the conversation went something like this, him first:

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Bits and Bobs - February 2017

Bits and Bobs - February 2017

I hate winter. I hate the short days, the cold rain and the fact my eldest's breathing problems in the wind mean we don't get outside at all most days. But the end of February marks the end of winter for me. The first of March brings with it a promise of the season to come, a warmth to the sun (when it makes a rare appearance) and it's still light at the end of dinner time each evening. Roll on June and 11pm dusk!

A little look at the bits and bobs that got me through February - reading, learning, watching, homemaking, parenting and faith...

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Special needs parenting - Groundhog Day?

Special needs parenting - Groundhog Day?

I watched Groundhog Day for the first time last year – you know, the one where Bill Murray wakes up every morning and it is February 2, again. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over. And I was struck by how early years parenting could be described as Groundhog Day. But for those of us who have children with special needs, our parenting journey can be even more caught in a time-loop.

....It’s wearying parenting the same things over and over again. Maybe you've the same frustrations?

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Recommendations for books about parenting

Recommendations for books about parenting

When Daniel was little my thoughts went to more general parenting topics – how would we bring our children up to know and love God, how would we discipline and guide them, how scheduled would their lives be, how would we ensure that we communicated well with them and them with us as they grew up… And so I bought book after book....

This is a little book review slot of my favourite four books on parenting, four and a half years in.

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