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February 2022

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can be opportunities to recognize the diversity of family structures. I have created one post of Mother’s and Father’s Day activities that can be used for both celebrations to combat the gender stereotypes that are normally associated with these special days. I never understood why dads received tie or tool-themed cards while mothers received flower-themed ones. Therefore, I would love to see more inclusive practices when it comes to celebrating these special days. Finally, toddlers are capable of small, simple gestures of love and affection. This can include decorating a colouring sheet to give to a parent, creating a handmade card or contributing to a special activity to mark the occasion. Little things like these can make a world of difference to a parent’s day!   Free printables: Mother’s and Father’s Day Activities. To begin, claim your free printables here! ´All about my parent´ is both great for the kids to express their thoughts about their parents and for a parent to receive.   Fun Mother’s and Father’s Day Activities. Scavenger hunt! Create a playlist of all your mother´s or father’s favourite songs. Play the music and invite them to the living room to relax and listen to his favourite songs together. Or

Spring is one of my favourite times of year. Generally speaking, spring activities for toddlers are always so bright and cheerful. As a result, they lift our spirits after a long winter. Similarly, these activities provide a great excuse to get outdoors and collect some natural treasures to use in a wide variety of activities. Ultimately, all the activities I have included for you to try use natural or upcycled materials and focus on developing your child's foundational skills. If you enjoy these activities, why not share them with a friend! Spring Process Art To begin, I have a favourite mantra I want to share with you, 'process over product'. Process art is all about the experience children have while they’re creating something. The end product may be beautiful, but it isn't the focus of this type of art. To create this artwork, use some different varieties of flowers and dip them in various coloured paints and dab on paper. Your child can explore the mixing of colours as they progress through the activity. It will end up having great texture as some of the petals become embedded in the artwork. Once dry, glue on some of the flowers they have used to make

Having a small child is exhausting. It may be wonderful, fulfilling and hilarious at the same time, but no one can deny that it is relentless. I often flick through Instagram hearing well-meaning advice only to have fear running through my veins. Am I getting it wrong? Do I have to think about yet another thing? I’m keen for this blog to be different and not induce that dreaded parent guilt that we all feel from time to time. So, I decided to tell you that it’s Important to make mistakes in your parenting (within reason).   Why Mistakes are OK We all know that our relationship with our child (the attachment relationship) is hugely important for their development. This puts pressure on us to be available, predictable and nurturing for our children – and do this consistently! However, life isn’t always like that (especially when we are juggling so many demands).  What I love about the world of attachment is that it recognises that we can’t get it right all of the time – in fact, it’s about being a “good-enough” rather than perfect (aka unobtainable and stressful trying to be) parent. So, how can making mistakes actually enhance our relationship? As you

Lisa Forsythe

Teacher, mum and author of Simple Activities for Toddlers: A Practical Play-At-Home Handbook for Parents.