Milestone Moments In The Car With The Kids #Parenting

Share This: As parents I think we take getting in the car for granted.  When I mention to the children that we are getting in the car, there is always a flurry of excitement.  It doesn’t matter where we are going, it could be to the supermarket to cause havoc shop, to soft play or off on a road trip,…

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How To Cope With 4 Year Old Tantrums #Parenting

Share This: My 4 year old is quite a spirited young lady.  Her two year old sister isn’t far behind her either, so the title of this post could easily read ‘how to cope with 2 year old tantrums’, but I think 4 year old tantrums are in s slightly different league.  My son was always quite a laid back…

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Talking To Your Child: The Powerhouse Of Parenting

Share This: If you have been following my blog and social media posts recently, you will know that we have had some trouble settling our 4 year old daughter into her new gymnastics class.  Last week she was so distraught at the prospect of going that we were not even able to get her to leave the house.  It’s been…

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I Was Not Prepared For How Much My Children Fight

Share This: Yesterday I felt broken by my children, and I feel terrible for it.  As a parent there is nothing worse than the feeling that you are letting them down and that there is more you could do to make the day run smoothly.  I am finding this year really difficult and it breaks my heart that my 4…

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3 Things You Need To Know If You Have a Distant Child

Share This: When my son was born I felt totally redundant, he was a distant child from the very beginning.  He fed well, he slept well and needed very little from me in terms of cuddles and kisses.  When we were in the hospital, after he was born, one of my clearest memories is of him waking up, being fed…

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How Huggies Little Swimmers Make Swimming Easy

Share This: Before we went on our recent holiday we spent a lot of time taking our daughters swimming to get the ready to enjoy their time in the pool.  As a Huggies Little Swimmers Get Set Splash Ambassador we are on a mission to encourage parents to take their little ones for a splash around anytime.  It doesn’t have to be a…

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Introducing #TeenTalk & How to Discuss Puberty

Share This: One of the most awkward challenges that parents face is when to discuss puberty with their son or daughter.  When to have this conversation is only the start of it.  How do you discuss puberty with your child and all the changes that the body is about to embark on without wanting to be swallowed up into a…

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Things To Remember When Parenting Gets Tough

Share This: Personally, I believe that parenting is one of the toughest jobs you can ever do.  The responsibility of bringing a baby into the world and raising a child is huge.  Once you take on the task of looking after a child, that role is always with you in some form or other.  There’s no asking for a transfer or…

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Have You Seen YouTube Kids?

Share This: I’ll be completely honest and admit that before my blogging days I never used to get YouTube.  My son would watch it for hours on end, and my husband used if for tutorials but I didn’t think it really had anything for me and the girls.  How wrong was I!  It is awesome and it’s become a huge…

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10 Great Tips For Couples Expecting A Newborn

Share This: As soon as you get a positive line on your pregnancy test, you’ll no doubt be full of a mixture of excitement and nerves. Having a baby is a life changing experience, and both mums and dads will no doubt be overwhelmed by the amount of advice out there. However, it’s important to relax when you’re expecting a…

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#Win Tickets To The Baby & Toddler Show

Share This: The Baby & Toddler Show knows that having a new baby arrive is a very exciting time. Whether it’s your first or you are on your third its still a very special event.  While you are waiting 9 months for their first appearance, there is a lot to get ready and a lot to think about.  Finding your parenting style…

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How Android Monitoring App is the Key Parental Solution

Share This: Do you know what your kids are looking at on their Android smartphones and tablets that you have just bought them? Are you fully aware of the activities that they perform not just online, but offline too? When asked, many parents still go silent and then there are so many confused responses, including yes, most of the time; no, not…

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5 Awesome Parenting Quotes

Share This: I’ve stumbled across many parenting quotes over the years about having children, some I’ve completed disregarded, some have resonated with me, and some just make me smile. As parents we all need a a few kind words, or snippets of inspiration to give us some kind of clue that we might be on the right parenting track. Here are…

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Enjoying Play Group Together

Share This: Recently I’ve been thinking about how to keep the girls busy through the autumn.  There is a little part of me that is sad about the wet and cold weather coming, and getting them out to the park becomes not being quite so easy. One thing I haven’t been doing with the both of them over the summer…

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5 Reasons You’re A Great Parent

Share This: Today, I read a post by a blogger friend of mine that made me really sad.  I’ve met this lady in real life a few times and I know she is an amazing mother to her son.  To think she is writing about failing as a parent made my heart sink.  I know many of us do it, whether…

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Family Update

Share This: It’s been all change here at Zena’s Suitcase these last couple of month’s, and things are on the up, mainly!  As there is so much going on I thought I’d give you a family update, and let you know how we are all getting along. Teen has just finished his A/S Levels, and fingers crossed it all went…

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5 Free Things To Do With Kids

Share This: If you’re looking for free things to do with kids, then look no further.  I’m always desperate to find activities to do with my children that don’t break the bank, or even better are free.    When teen was small, money was pretty tight so I had to learn to be inventive and make the most of things…

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Are Our Co-Sleeping Days Over?

Share This: Well something really quite unexpected has taken place this evening, and it has made me come down stairs and take straight to my blog to share it with you straight away. You may already know that we are a co-sleeping family if you have been following my blog for a while, but just maybe that is about to…

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#Win A Stair Gate With SafeTots #Giveaway!

Share This: The one thing that dwells on my mind as a parent is how to keep my children safe.  It gets easier as they get older in some respects, but the bit I find the hardest is when they are small, and are into everything and don’t understand what’s dangerous and what isn’t. We use stair gates in several…

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Some Mum And Daughter Time

Share This: Princess requires a lot of interaction, and it’s not always possible to give it to her with the needs of a baby to meet at the same time.  I have three days a week when it’s just me and Little Pudding at the moment, but I have spent very little time with just the preschooler.  As her behaviour…

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The Truth About Christmas And Toddlers!

Share This: I was so looking forward to the Christmas break, having family time and eating too many chocolates then the nursery Christmas newsletter arrived and it all came flooding back. The truth about Christmas with a toddler is that nursery is closed for a week and a half. Oh no!  What were we going to do.  Playgroups cease to exist, toddler…

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The Jekyll and Hyde of Gentle Parenting

Share This: I know how this stuff works.  I’ve been in this parenting game for nearly 17 years now.  I should be well practised at it for crying out loud but I didn’t appreciate what a game changer having 2 under 3 years old would be.  It’s not that it’s easy with one, but when you have two or more,…

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I Don’t Drink Mum

Share This: My Teen is 16 years old.  He’ll be 17 in December.  I’ve been waiting, and waiting, and waiting some more for him to start experimenting with alcohol but nothing, zilch!  No falling in the door drunk, no cleaning up piles of puke and definitely no having to put him to bed in a comatose state. His friends have definitely…

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10 Tips for Coping With a Teenager

Share This: Having a teenager has definitely been the most challenging part of my parenting journey.  My teen is 16 now, a young adult by all accounts.   I find looking after Princess is so much easier in some ways.  You can fix things for little ones.  You can ‘kiss it better’ or give them a big hug.  Your children…

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