What Type Of Mum Are You?

Have you ever wondered what type of mum you are? No two mums are the same but plenty of us mums share some distinct features. I believe me and my friends have very different parenting styles but sometimes our ideas do align – they are subtle but visible.

There’s a great tool out there by Sunlife; a quiz where each question is designed to seek out your mum features and find out which mum group you most relate to. I took the ‘What type of mum are you?’ quiz myself and found out that I was apparently ‘The Sharp Mum.’

A sharp mum is described as an idealistic mum who is always looking for opportunities to help your kids learn and achieve their goals. I would say this is true – I’m not pushy but I will encourage Jack to do the things he is good at. He loves golf and is okay at it for his age so we got him some junior golf clubs for his birthday; he loves writing and we recently went into school to see his learning journals – he had written a poem which, even though I suppose I am biased, was brilliant for a six year old – so I have encouraged him to enter some writing competitions. However, if he doesn’t want to do them, I won’t force him – only if he really wants to do them himself.

They say that a sharp mum is charming, persistent and familiar with the benefits of Google – I’d also agree with this. Jack is only allowed on our devices when we give permission and we do have parental controls but I do often help him with his homework, looking through Google together for information.

When it comes to having to make decisions or sort things out you make a great mediator and your choices are smart and intuitive. The kids know you rule the roost and your explanations never give them any reason to doubt you; they trust you implicitly. Now I would say that Jack does trust me but does test the boundaries a lot – but I suppose that is to do with his age as well. He is getting more independent so he is bound to act out a little more.

I would say this is also true of my own mother from when I was little. She would encourage me – but never force me – and always supported my decisions, even if my father sometimes did not. As I have grown older, I have realised that we are more alike than I used to want to admit and whilst she does drive me up the wall, if I turn out to be half the mother my mum is to me, then I will be happy.

What type of mother are you – have you taken the quiz to find out? Were you surprised by the answers? I wouldn’t have called myself a sharp mum per se but the description given does fit me almost 100%. I’d love to know what type of mum it says you are…let me know in the comments below.

Why do we need to introduce colour into our children’s lives from an early age?

Babies and young children are fascinated by colour. It has the ability to stimulate their mind and grab their attention. A baby is born with monochrome vision and is unable to distinguish the difference between colours, until around 8 months when their colour vision fully develops. By 3-4 years, a child can begin to recognise and name basic colours as frequent exposure can help strengthen this skill.

But, not only is it enjoyable for a child to be surrounded by colour, it is also beneficial to their development. Infinite Playgrounds, educational play area designers and retailers of playground canopies, have provided us with more of an insight.

The significance of colour

We shouldn’t underestimate the importance of colour in a child’s life.

As we know, babies do not have the ability to see colour. At 8 months, they begin to notice bright colours and this stimulates their minds. Exposing a baby to different shades of the same colour can help them make important colour connections early on in life rather than surrounding them with the same primary colours. Experts have said that showing patterns to a baby is important as it provides visual and cognitive stimulation for a growing baby as they focus on what they can see.

Having the ability to differentiate between colours is important for a child to get through younger life too. Learning colours allows them to recognise significant visual hues such as red as a code for danger and the meaning behind traffic lights. It is useful outside of the curriculum too — knowing the difference between a red and a blue coloured tap.

The knowledge of different hues of colours can improve a child’s ability to creatively write. Describing an object without saying its colour is difficult! Similarly, when they are exercising their imagination when creating a story, colour is an important part of descriptive techniques.

There has been a large amount of research done on the effects of colour on people and behaviour. Some experts claim that different colours enhance learning in different ways:

  • Blue — a colour that encourages creativity, if overused however, it can bring the mood down in a room. A cool blue enhances relaxation levels in individuals.
  • Yellow — a colour of happiness for children as it is associated with sunshine. This can lift the mood and excite a child due to its vibrant appearance.
  • Orange — this is said to enhance critical thinking and memory.

Teachers have noticed that they are happier teaching in a colourful classroom too. It gives them various colours to refer to when teaching and creating an overall pleasurable place to work. Research has shown that colours are more memorable than monochrome too — a bright and colourful classroom makes new learned experiences stick in the mind.

Add colour to learning

As a teacher or parent, you may be wondering how you can ensure that children and pupils learn the essentials of colour. From decorating your classroom to introducing games based on colour, there are plenty of ways that you can incorporate colours into the classroom.

Outdoor learning is a fun way to get children engaging in new experiences. Consider installing colourful playground canopies and parasols. These can sit over areas of a playground, allowing the sun to shine through and create many colourful patterns for children to enjoy. Pupils can trace shadows of the patterns on the floor with chalk and learn how they move throughout the day with the sun.

Bring colour into the classroom by talking about its significance in different countries. Discuss how colours have different meanings in various countries, for example red signifies good luck in China and green is a colour of independence for Mexicans. Encourage children to use colour to create their own national flags and teach them more about the country.

For younger children who enjoy more hands-on play, introduce them to brightly coloured mats, books and toys. Research has highlighted the importance of messy play too — where children can take part in unstructured play and get their hands dirty! Let them play with brightly coloured foodstuff such as jelly and develop their fine motor skills too.

Dedicate part of your week to reminding children about colours. There are many games that you could add onto the end of any lesson too. How about colour eye-spy, colour matching memory games or presenting coloured flashcards and encouraging pupils to name them.

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Happy Birthday, Olivia

How are you one, Olivia? How has that year gone by so quick? It seems I forgot to do your October, November and December updates – oops.

So what can I say about you? You are a very vocal, very temperamental child. You are crawling like crazy, forming some words and taking steps with help. You’ve recently managed to stay stood still on your own for a couple of seconds. You are doing so well and I am so proud of you. You still haven’t cut a tooth – if this still hasn’t happened in a month or so, the health visitor advised us to see the GP.

We’ll probably have a small birthday tea later for the immediate family and perhaps take you to soft play at the weekend for your very first experience. Our year with you in it has been a total whirlwind, I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.

Love Mummy xxx

Develop Your Career Whilst Changing Nappies With These Online Approaches

As many as 61 percent of mothers in the present day are unmarried when they welcome their newborn babies. With modern times being less economically stable than they used to be and the family unit a less fixed and structured one, gone are the days when women chose to be just mothers and stay at home looking after their babies whilst their husbands made money.

The millennial mum is highly connected, holding an average of 3.4 social network accounts  and spending an average of 17.4 hours per week on these. With internet usage levels increasingly on the up, there is no reason why you too shouldn’t be developing your career whilst looking after your baby.

Here’s how:

Online networking

Whether you are a company employee or your own boss, the internet has made it easier for us to stay connected with our professional environments. If your job is office-based, chances are you can perform this from the comfort of your home whilst looking after your baby (provided your employer is happy to give you some flexibility in your working patterns). Maximise your working day by engaging in some important online networking. Once your daily tasks are completed, make sure you take to Skype to keep in touch with your professional circle and not lose sight of what is going on.

 Glenn Carstens-Peters

Online studying

It is easy to think that you will not study again in the years to come when you have a toddler to look after. Statistics show that only 50 percent of teenage mothers have a high school diploma by age 22, compared to 90 percent of females who didn’t get pregnant during their teen years. The world is an ever-changing place, with the need to invest in renewing skills and qualifications being a priority. Study an MBA online and get ahead of the game, by never allowing your responsibilities as a mother get in the way of your career development.

Web developing

A study published in 2014 showed that the number of freelancing mothers in the UK had risen by 24 percent in two years, with the main reason for this being a desire to have more flexible working hours. If you have also decided to fly solo, building your website might be the first obvious step for you to take in order to have an online presence. A web developer will cost you and you will not be totally in control of the end design, so why not embark on the journey of designing your own website? Platforms like Wix are easy to use and they will help you produce a beautiful and engaging site.

Looking after your baby whilst developing your career sure ain’t no easy task. It never was and it still isn’t. The internet, however, has made it easier for people to build businesses from their own home and has also helped employees adopt more flexible working patterns and stay connected to their colleagues. Whether you are looking to keep up your networking efforts, launch your own website or go into education whilst caring for your baby, you too can do it by studying the options outlined above.

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Win a Britax Trifix iSize Car Seat Worth £250

I am running this giveaway as part of my Britax Mumbassador ambassadorship. I have not been compensated for this post.

I’ve been a Britax mumbassador this year and had plenty of news to tell you about their new products. They kindly sent me their first stage car seat when I was in the late stages of pregnancy with Olivia and we still use this every day. I recently reviewed the Britax Holiday stroller and now the time has come for you to receive one of their items to try. Britax have kindly offered one of their Trifix iSize car seats worth £250 for a competition – how fab?

Britax Trifix iSize car seat

Here’s a little more about the car seat itself:

Made in Germany and designed with Britax Römer’s renowned crash testing capabilities, it is based on the award-winning TRIFIX2 platform. This seat that conforms to the ECE R129/01 car seat regulation (i-Size) is suitable for children from 76 cm to 105 cm tall (15 months up to approx. four years), making it the perfect follow up to the popular BABY-SAFE i-SIZE infant carrier.

It is safe and east to install every single time. It is approved for all cars with dedicated i-Size seating positions as well as cars with ISOFIX and Top Tether anchorage points. The car seat does not require an additional base for the unique installation that reinforces the stability of the seat, whilst allowing for more space in the foot-well of the car. Integrated ISOFIX connectors have also been designed specifically for the TRIFIX2 i-SIZE to provide complete and unrivalled protection for little ones, allowing for both safe and easy installation.

It offers all round protection, ensuring children are optimally protected thanks to the large, deeply padded side wings and Britax Römer’s SICT inside technology, which absorbs energy and keeps children away from the impact of the crash. Additionally, the special V-shaped form of the headrest is designed to control the movement of the child’s head in an impact. In the event of a frontal collision, Britax Römer’s patented ISOFIX with Pivot Link system directs the force downwards into the vehicle seat, thereby reducing the risk of head and neck injury, while the Top Tether with rip stitch technology helps reduce the forward movement of the child in the case of a crash. The Top Tether’s unique stitch pattern has been designed to progressively rip in a controlled fashion, absorbing the force of the frontal impact during a collision.

These features, along with the 5-point harness with soft neoprene performance chest pads (which can be easily removed for washing), help to protect children from an impact of any direction. The unique range of safety features allows parents to travel with peace of mind knowing that their precious cargo is well looked after.

It is super comfortable. The advanced ergonomics of a good seating position and superb padding offer a stress-free journey. The three recline options can be adjusted easily with one hand without waking up a sleeping child. The headrest provides seven height positions to ensure that the seat will grow with the child.”. The majority of Britax car seats – including the TRIFIX2 i-SIZE, which is made in Germany – and all of their car seat fabrics and covers are made in Europe.  Britax Römer has strong internal standards for chemical and mechanical testing for fabrics and other components. The TRIFIX2 i-SIZE is available from July 2017 onwards for £250 and is available in Cosmos Black, Flame Red, Storm Grey, Olive Green and Moonlight Blue, with additional colours to follow. For more information, please go to www.britax.co.uk.

Britax Trifix iSize car seatSo would you like the chance to win one for yourself? All you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter below!

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