Category: Parenting

Sexism in Disney’s The Jungle Book

Sexism in Disney’s The Jungle Book

I was recently horrified to find some really blatant sexism in Disney’s The Jungle Book (1967). It is widely accepted that the traditional Disney Princess films are sexist. In most Disney Princess films, not the more recent, a male character saves a female character from distress. In a bid to avoid exposing ragamuffin to such obvious misogyny I turned to an alternative animated Disney film, The Jungle Book (1967). What I discovered was a more subtle form of sexism than…

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John Lewis are to Recognize Kids as Individuals – How Dare They?

John Lewis are to Recognize Kids as Individuals – How Dare They?

John Lewis are to recognize kids as individuals! Finally, a high-street brand has seen children for what they are, real people – not just a set of genitals. Hurrah! So What is Happening? John Lewis will now be labelling kids clothes with ‘boys & girls’ rather than ‘boys’ or ‘girls’. They will now also have one big section for kids clothes in store. Nothing more, nothing less. They won’t stop selling clothes in styles traditionally worn only by boys or…

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Coping When Your Child Refuses Medicine

Coping When Your Child Refuses Medicine

For me, the worst part of being a parent is that my child refuses medicine. It’s never a walk in the park when they’re ill, but when your child refuses medicine, it piles on the stress and worry. I’ve had many sleepless nights worrying that ragamuffin will build up resistance to antibiotics. I know that no child likes to take medicine but most parents manage to get it into their children somehow. I hear stories of techniques other parents use…

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7 Toddler Approved Rainy Day Activities

7 Toddler Approved Rainy Day Activities

Do you struggle to keep your little ones occupied on rainy days? If the answer is yes, then this is the place for you. Here is my list of toddler approved rainy day activities with a twist. Painting Let’s kick off with a classic rainy day activity. Most kids love to paint but it can be difficult to keep them engaged for more than 10 minutes. Why not make fireworks pictures using toilet/kitchen roll tubes? Or collect some leaves and…

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Why Feminism Matters To Everyone

Why Feminism Matters To Everyone

Feminism matters; it should matter to everyone. What Is Feminism? Many people believe that feminists are bra burning, men haters. Feminism is a movement which promotes equality for women. Intersectional feminism stands for equality for ALL regardless of sex, gender, sexuality, race, age or ability. My opinion is that there should be no distinction; true feminism should mean that everyone gets a seat at the table. Why Does Feminism Matter? I have not knowingly suffered at the hands of sexism…

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The 5 Best Things About Toddlers

The 5 Best Things About Toddlers

The toddler stage has been the most entertaining stage of ragamuffin’s development. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely has not been the easiest stage – this is when tantrums really hit! Read on to find out why toddlers are such fun. 1. Toddlers know what they like If a toddler doesn’t like something they’ll let you know very quickly but equally if they like something they won’t let it go. Ragamuffin is into hats in a big way right now….

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The Perfect Parent

The Perfect Parent

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to be the perfect parent. Non-processed foods, top of the range rear-facing car seats and organic cotton clothes to name but a few. Today I gave myself a reality check. Decisive Toddler Ragamuffin needed new shoes because her current pair were rubbing her toes. Off we went to our local independent shoe shop to have her feet measured. We were then presented with a selection of shoes, several from what I thought…

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Mummy Guilt

Mummy Guilt

Guilt is something that often strikes. At nursery drop offs, during a rough day at work or if I’m short with ragamuffin when she’s being particularly willful. I usually shrug it off. Ragamuffin has thrived at nursery, my job gives me an identity beyond ‘mummy’ and I’m human like everyone else. Yesterday was different. We’ve recently introduced the idea of potty training to ragamuffin. Reading potty-related books, lots of nappy free time and plenty of encouragement to sit on the…

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When Did it Become OK?

When Did it Become OK?

  Recently there has been outcry within my local babywearing community about an article written in a national newspaper (I say newspaper in the very loosest sense of the word) and then the discussion about it on a popular women’s panel show later that day. I’m not going to name either the newspaper or the panel show, I don’t want to give them any more publicity because they most definitely do not deserve it. Having read the original article which,…

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5 Reasons To Try Cloth Nappies

5 Reasons To Try Cloth Nappies

I am by no means an expert when it comes to cloth nappies, having only been using them since October 2016 when our ragamuffin was 19 months old. When I was pregnant I was never exposed to the idea of cloth nappies, I didn’t even consider that there might be an alternative to disposables. I met some cloth-bum-mums, got curious, and hired a kit from my local nappy library. Here are 5 reasons why I love cloth nappies: Colourful Prints…

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