Archive | January, 2014

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Posted on 24 January 2014 by stewart

I’ve been a huge fan of Kid President on YouTube for a while now, and his videos are always inspiring. Today, he’s posted a video which is an open letter to his brand new baby nephew. This is pretty much everything I wanted to say to Little M when she was born. What about you? Are there more things to add? Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtags #thekidsneedtoknow and #SDD

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No Dads Please, We’re Toddlers

Posted on 23 January 2014 by stewart

Do you ever get the feeling you’re not wanted? Like, REALLY not wanted? Or if you are wanted, it’s because you’re the only option? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of those, then welcome to the club. Continue Reading

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The Season To Be Sick

Posted on 21 January 2014 by stewart

Living in the west of Scotland has its benefits. The rolling hills, the beautiful scenery, the deep-fried Mars bars. It does however, have one major drawback – the weather. The weather in itself is no great problem. We Scots are a hardy bunch, so while the whole of London and the rest of South-East England go into lockdown for two or three flakes of snow, Scotland gets on with it. Come rain, shine or three feet of snow.

That being said, at this time of year cold and flu season is at its height, and the bad weather undoubtedly makes it a little more difficult to fight off these bugs. Today, that’s where I find myself. Little M is well-known in our house for bringing in bugs. In fact, all children of her age pick up bugs and rather generously pass them on. When they do, I get the bugs. I don’t like being sick.

When I do catch a bug from Little M though, I take a little comfort in the fact that every time she catches something, her immune system is learning to fight those bugs a little better. There’s a lot to be said for not bringing your child up in a completely sterile environment. So long as you keep your house clean, it’s OK if they pick up a piece of food they’ve dropped and put it straight in their mouths. It’s OK to get dirty when they go out to play.

So long as you’re not letting them play in the Ultra-Dangerous Haunted House of Knives and Fire, they’ll be OK.

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