Being Wild and Bewildered in BeWILDerwood

28th June, 2013 - Posted by Drboo - 1 Comment

Family Days Out – BeWILDerwood We recently had a family day out. Midweek, always the best if you can swing it as it means you miss the crowds that weekend trips bring. We hauled ourselves a pretty long way up to Norfolk and went to BeWILDerwood (is the emphasis on wild, or do you emphasise » Read More

A spoonful of sugar

28th January, 2012 - Posted by Drboo - 6 Comments

It is just after lunch and today X has eaten…… Cereal (a couple of spoonfuls) Toast with jam A biscuit Hot chocolate A breadstick Pasta with peas and cheese The scrapings of the bowl we made peanut cookies in (we bake almost every day) So, a quick glance will tell you that X eats sugar. » Read More

“How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?”

4th January, 2012 - Posted by Drboo - 2 Comments

Did you know – you probably do – that telling your child “eat x then you can eat y” will increase increase their dislike for x? And if you say “if you are good you can eat y” you will increase their liking for y? So, if we were being sensible, we would tell our » Read More

Terrible or terrific? The tumultuous twos

6th November, 2011 - Posted by Drboo - 1 Comment

Labels are for tins. Not children. It strikes me that, when our children do not conform to some imagined set of behaviours or abilities people are quick to label them – the Terrible Twos are just one example of this. But are we right to fear the tempers of our toddlers? And what should we » Read More

The bottom line

16th August, 2011 - Posted by Drboo - 1 Comment

The big news this month is that X now uses a potty / toilet! He is still in nappies at night, but during the day (even this week when he has had a bug giving him chronic diarrhoea up to 10 times a day) he asks for the toilet or potty. I am so proud » Read More

When Does Breastfeeding Become “Extended”?

12th September, 2010 - Posted by Drboo - 14 Comments

When does breastfeeding become “extended”? 6 months? 12 months? 2 years? This was not one of the questions I asked in my recent survey about thoughts about breastfeeding (doh!) but what I found is this – many people don’t know the actual recommendations about how long to breastfeed your child for, or, in fact, why » Read More

Just a quick post – home birth research

9th July, 2010 - Posted by Drboo - 1 Comment

We are busy working on a new website, so apologies for the lack of new articles recently. I am busy putting together the “extended” breastfeeding article while my lovely husband creates a beautiful new site where the articles will be stored separately from a new “blog” area. But I couldn’t let this one pass: » Read More

Sling the Sling or Sling the Baby?

16th June, 2010 - Posted by Drboo - 6 Comments

It seems I can’t open a paper or my laptop at the moment without seeing another report of another baby sling being withdrawn in the U.S. Before I get into this, you should know that far more knowledgeable people than I have written about baby carrying, so this will be a whistle-stop tour. Look at » Read More

Cry Baby

4th June, 2010 - Posted by Drboo - 5 Comments

There has been lots of media coverage recently on the “crying it out” technique – giving the impression that there are two camps: one of MeanMummies who leave their babies squealing in darkened rooms until they fall asleep, exhausted (parents and baby, I expect) and a second of distinctly crunchy Earth-Mamas who gather their little » Read More

Television: changing our children from an irresistible force to an immovable object?

25th March, 2010 - Posted by Drboo - No Comments

A recent headline in the Daily Mail proclaimed: Baby DVDs fail to boost word power: ‘Einstein’ show could do more harm than good1 They went on to state that toddlers watching these DVDs had worse vocabularies than those who didn’t watch them. Other headlines have added to parents’ fears that television could be bad for » Read More

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