Tuesday, 13 March 2018

The Childhood Tag

My lovely friend Megan from Seekmyscribbles.com recently tagged me in The Childhood Tag which was created with Mulberry Bush and I thought this tag was a fab one to take part in, you can see megs post here, so let's begin mine...

1. What were you not expecting or not prepared for before becoming a parent?

Like many other first time parents I expected Emme to fit into our lives and not the other way around, I was not prepared for a very unhappy baby, thanks to colic and reflux, she most definitely called the shots!

2. What is your main advice for new parents?

Enjoy the baby days and don't wish them away, looking back I feel like I was always waiting for the next milestone to arrive instead of enjoying the one we were in, now I wish I would have just enjoyed my baby being a baby but I think we all do it and if we have another, I’ll probably still do the same.

3. How do you encourage family time?

Family time to me is so important, having that quality time together is what keeps us strong as a family and making time for that as often as we can is important. We try to do this by eating our evening meal at the table together so that we have no distractions and can just enjoy our meal together and catch up on our days. We also read books all together before Emme's bedtime when Dan is home for bedtime and we try going for a walk most days, even if it's only a 15 minute walk to the pond to see the ducks around the corner from our house and back again, it's still time spent together catching up and can make all the difference to our day.

4. How do you balance being a blogger with parental duties?

I don't think this is a question I really qualify to answer as I have really struggled to blog on a regular basis since I had Emme. Even though I am a stay-at-home mum, I find that blogging requires a lot of time online, not only typing up posts but promoting them and staying connected on social media, so I try to type up blogposts when Emme goes to bed or on the rare occasion that she naps and then I'll interact on social media and promote blogposts either in the evening or while she I’m encouraging her to play alone, though she is usually still at the table next to me with something like play dough or painting.

5. What was your favourite toy growing up?

I had to ask my Mum about this one as I honestly could not pinpoint a toy that I remember loving and my mum said as a child that I wasn't too interested in my toys and was far more interested in clothes, I remember reading a lot too and I loved designing, mainly clothes but I was never that child that went to sleep with my favourite toy tucked under my arm. I did have a Barbie house and Barbie dolls which I would say was probably my favourite but I used to set up their house, cut them clothes out of my old clothes, style them and their house and then move onto the next thing.

6. Have you kept any toys from your childhood?

One toy I do still have from my childhood is a Playskool Ladybird doll with a matching baby carrier, it's at my parents house and Emme absolutely adores it, its so lovely seeing her enjoy a doll that I enjoyed as a child and has been enjoyed by generations of our family already.

7. What are your child's favourite toys?

Emme is currently into her imaginative play at the moment so her favourite toys are her doctors set, dressing up outfits, cooker, dolls house, farm and figurines. Is that too many to choose? She just loves imaginative play and my favourite thing to do is pretend to be busy in the next room and then watch her play from afar because she has the sweetest imagination and I could genuinely listen to her play all day long.

8. Do you actively limit the amount of screen time your kid has?

This is something I wouldn't usually talk about, with so many people having such diverse opinions on the topic. I get such guilt about screen time, even when Emme has been to Ballet, on a long walk and has played all day, if she then has screen time, I feel guilty when she does. However I have found that Emme learns a lot from what screen time she does have so as long as she has had a lot of activity and exercise I'm happy for her to have a little screen time and sometimes I don't see the harm, we want to just chill out and watch tv sometimes, so it's understandable that they do too.

9. How do you reduce plastic waste in your home? - Reusable bottles, buying wooden toys, avoiding excessive food packaging, etc?

We do try our best to reduce plastic waste in our home, we recycle where possible, I also have reusable water bottles and coffee cups and I love wooden toys so if I can get Emme a wooden version of something rather than a cheap looking plastic version, I will always try to go for the wooden one.

10. What advice would you give parents that want to start blogging?

Just got for it! Do your research, choose your platform and go for it, the worst that can happen is you realise that it's not for you and that's ok, you have nothing to lose! For me, it's the one thing I can be creative with, put my mind to and be proud of, it’s something just for me and sometimes as a parent I think it's good to have something like that and maybe it could be that for you too!

Mulberry Bush created this tag and Megan tagged me, so I tag Simone from marriedtoageek.co.uk but please do join in if you would like to also!

Love Abbie x
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