Category: Parenting

8 Children’s Books with Strong Female Characters

8 Children’s Books with Strong Female Characters

8 Children’s Books with Strong Female Characters I’m on a mission to fill ragamuffin’s book shelves with as many books with strong female characters as possible. With Christmas on the way it’s a great way to sneak positive female influences into presents. I don’t talk about feminism very often with my own or daddy ragamuffin’s family because I’m not very articulate. My words don’t always sound the way I mean them. So I try to subtly influence family in other…

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5 Top Tips for Raising Kids with a Positive Body Image

5 Top Tips for Raising Kids with a Positive Body Image

5 Top Tips for Raising Kids with a Positive Body Image In a world full of Kardashians and media saturated with photoshopped images the task of raising kids with a positive body image sounds like no mean feat. Society has some pretty rigid rules on beauty and the ideal body shape and size which, for most people, is unattainable. I read some horrifying statistics on the number of teenage girls self-harming, in part thought to be due to worries about…

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What is Gender Neutral Parenting?

What is Gender Neutral Parenting?

What is Gender Neutral Parenting? Gender neutral parenting is a hot topic in parenting circles right now. I read that Paloma Faith has not revealed the gender of her child and intends to raise them as gender neutral. This seems a bit extreme, but I won’t judge anyone for their parenting choices. Choice Gender neutral parenting comes down to one thing – choice. Giving children the freedom to choose what they like and who they want to be. Instead of choosing…

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Why I Don’t Share Pictures of my Child Online

Why I Don’t Share Pictures of my Child Online

Why I Don’t Share Pictures of my Child Online I don’t share pictures of my child online, but I know that many other bloggers and small businesses do. So I know that this is a controversial subject. This post is in no way intended to be a judgement of others. It’s purely a discussion of the reasons why I don’t share pictures of my child publicly. I do use photos of ragamuffin on social media and blog posts but only…

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3 Ways to Raise Feminist Children

3 Ways to Raise Feminist Children

3 Ways to Raise Feminist Children As a proud feminist, I make a big effort to raise ragamuffin with feminist values. I’d like to think that as she grows up that feminism will no longer be ‘a movement’ but will become a way of life. As much as I’d love for that to happen over the next couple of decades I just can’t see it happening the way things are in the world right now. So what can we do,…

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5 Reasons Why Girls Should Watch Doc McStuffins

5 Reasons Why Girls Should Watch Doc McStuffins

5 Reasons Why Girls Should Watch Doc McStuffins Ah the TV. The ‘evil’ machine that you swear your children will never watch, until your toddler drops their naps and you need just 5 minutes peace! For me it’s a necessary evil from time to time. So I figured if it’s going to be on, I’d like to at least make sure ragamuffin watches something positive. Thats where Doc McStuffins comes in, read on to see why I think girls should…

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What is Gender Neutral Clothing?

What is Gender Neutral Clothing?

What is Gender Neutral Clothing? I recently had a conversation with my sister which made me think about the question what is gender neutral clothing? We’d both seen a Facebook post from Let Clothes Be Clothes about the Mothercare clothing range My K being marketed as unisex. This collection is made up of almost all monochrome clothes with the odd mustard yellow piece here and there for Autumn/Winter 2017. Sister: Why do those clothes have to be black and white…

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Top Tips to Stay Safe While Trick or Treating

Top Tips to Stay Safe While Trick or Treating

Top Tips to Stay Safe While Trick or Treating It seems like Halloween gets bigger every year here in the UK (or maybe I’m just getting old!). Trick or treating is a huge part of the Halloween festivities, but what can you do to help you stay safe while trick or treating? I asked some other parent bloggers for their top tips. Visibility Katy from Katykicker.com says “Use a torch so that you can see where you’re going in the…

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7 Positive Female Characters for Halloween

7 Positive Female Characters for Halloween

7 Positive Female Characters for Halloween Do you need ideas for positive female characters for Halloween? Look no further. Here are my top 7 positive female characters for your ragamuffins to dress up as this year. Doc McStuffins There was only one place to start with my list of positive female characters for Halloween. Doc is a big favourite in our house. She is a doctor for toys and stuffed animals, and even dabbles in a bit of veterinary work…

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3 Easy Ways to Teach Children About Consent

3 Easy Ways to Teach Children About Consent

3 Easy Ways to Teach Children About Consent It’s important to teach children about consent from a young age. Often when people think about the subject of consent they think about sexual assault or rape. We need to teach children about consent before they’re even in their teens. As children they need to learn about body autonomy, forced intimacy and feeling uncomfortable. Use Proper Names for Body Parts It’s important to teach children the proper terms for their genitals. This…

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