• What Should A Child Know Or Be Able To Do Before Starting School?-primary school-new start-big school-parenting-lifestyle-reception class

    What Should A Child Know Or Be Able To Do Before Starting School?

    Starting school is a big step in every child’s development, isn’t it? It’s the end of an era. Our babies are officially not babies any more. They are fully fledged children. In the big school! We are parents of school-aged children. When did that happen? Seriously? It seems like four minutes since my baby was born, not four years. I’m not sure I’m ready for her to not be a baby. But, emotions aside, what should a child know or be able to do before starting school? How can we best prepare them so they easily settle into school? I asked my fellow bloggers for their opinions and this is what they…

  • Is my summer baby ready for big school?-Starting school-Primary school-not a baby anymore-New start-Parenting-School Uniform

    Is My Summer Baby Ready For Big School?

    Like many parents out there, my little girl will be starting school for the first time in September. I am so not ready for my baby to be going to big school. She’s a baby! Okay, I know she isn’t actually a baby anymore, but I think compared to some of the other children that will be starting school with her, she does seem very baby like. This has left me asking the question, ‘is my summer baby ready for big school?’ Molly, born mid-July, is a summer baby and has only just turned four. Yet, some of her soon to be classmates, my niece Jess included, will be turning…

  • Mood Swing Whiplash-two kids at beach-happy times-bad moods-tantrums-mood swings-threenager-fournado-parenting

    Mood Swing Whiplash

    Is mood swing whiplash a thing? I’m pretty sure it must be because I’ve got it from my daughter. Seriously, one minute it’s all smiles and laughter, the next it’s all scowls and tantrums. I can’t keep up. She goes from one extreme to the next in an instant, and I’m left standing there confused and scratching my head. Molly is prone to meltdowns, and while they are hard to deal with, we know what they are. We know she’s having a sensory overload and is struggling to cope. We mostly know what to expect and how best to deal with them. But the mood swings and general tantrums, well,…

  • Am I a Bad Parent?-mother and daughter on beach-parenting-behaviour-tantrum-threenager

    Am I A Bad Parent?

    Am I a bad parent? Or does my child just know how to wind me up? Parenting is hard, we all know that. Our kids really know which buttons to press, don’t they? But have you ever found yourself questioning your parenting skills? I know I have! I didn’t know whether to write this post or not because it’s quite personal and probably portrays me as a lunatic and/or the world’s worst mother. But, I decided to share it anyway because I am sure it will resonate with a lot of other parents. Or at least that’s what I tell myself so I feel a little bit better. Last week…

  • The best ways to handle your child’s public meltdowns-tantrum-meltdown-parenting-kids in ball pit

    The best ways to handle your child’s public meltdowns

    What are the best ways to handle your child’s public meltdowns? I wrote a post the other day about how Molly had a meltdown in the library. She loves a good tantrum does Molly, but oftentimes, her tantrums progress into a full-on meltdown. She is almost four, meltdowns aren’t a new occurrence for us, yet the other day I didn’t handle her meltdown very well. Talk about mum guilt! Molly isn’t a fan of big groups, loud noises, or joining in, and she gets quite easily overwhelmed. She’d much rather observe from the sidelines. As her mum, I know her triggers and when she’s struggling. I think I know how…

  • Moaning Molly’s Massive Meltdown-child colouring pictures in at a table in the library-meltdown-tantrum-mum guilt

    Moaning Molly’s Massive Meltdown

    The other day I took Molly to the local library for a toddler time session. Anything like this is hit and miss with Molly. She’s not a fan of group activities but I take her to encourage her to mix with other kids. She’s starting school in September and there’s going to be a lot more kids in the class than she’d like.  I think it’s important for her to mix as much as she can to try and get used to it. On a good day at the toddler time session, Molly happily joins in with no hesitation. Afterwards, we play with the toys, get some new books out,…

  • ife Overhaul: Going from Stressy to Serene featured image. Diary, coffe cup, pen. New start. New journey.
    Family,  Health,  Life,  Wellness

    Life Overhaul: Going from Stressy to Serene

    Hi there! Welcome to the Serenely Sam blog and my very first post! I’m Sam, and prior to blogging here at Serenely Sam, you could find me blogging as Stressy Mama. I dedicated a year of my life to the Stressy Mama blog but I needed a change! You can read more about me on my About Me page. I discovered that the name of my blog was similar to another blogger’s name and I was concerned that the similarities would confuse people. Though a rebrand would involve a lot of hard work, I knew it was for the best. Yes, my stats and DA score would be affected, but I’d…