Category: Parenting

August Books – Quick Lit

August is heavy on the parenting books. I did read another Louise Penny book but didn’t want to spend the entire year catching up on her novels and so I got sucked down the vortex of parenting books. There are, surprisingly, worse things to read. Simple Happy Parenting – Denaye Barahona I don’t think we …

Independent Play

People (often older people) like mentioning that my kids are good at entertaining themselves. That may or may not be the case. Imp 2 can certainly spend a long time staring at a branch or chewing on sand and imp 1 will happily sit in a corner and drop cat food into the cat fountain. …

Six months of Du and Mimi

Two months of travelling and BOOM, suddenly imp 2 is turning six months already. I’ll try to write a recap of our travels, but the short version is: one month in a VW bus, one on a German island. And imp 2 slept through pretty much all of it. It seems fitting that we’re ending …

Bedtime routine

You don’t need to know a lot about babies and kids to know that sleep is a hot topic. In fact, you don’t need to know anything about them, you’ll still know this. So I thought I’d write something about our bedtime routine. Maybe it will help someone. Ha ha. So here’s a sample evening: …

Cooking with littles

Toddler hand pouring orange juice

I’ve been trying to involve Imp 1 more when I do housework. Much to my dismay, most of the housework still gets done by me and while I find it very regrettable and unnecessary that we are modelling these kinds of gender roles to our kids, the alternative is living in utter chaos (as opposed …

Spiekeroog

A toddler in a woollen hat and a fisherman's shirt, holding a plastic bottle, looking at the sea, the beach and a dog.

Two weeks on Spiekeroog and they just flew by. Quite literally, for Spiekeroog is an island in the North Sea and tends to be pretty windy. Apart from the occasional wind gust we had phenomenal weather though, so much so that I even had a touch of sunburn once or twice (and yes, I used …

Fourth Trimester as Four

A baby wearing a woollen hat

Imp 2 is three months! It feels like yesterday that he was born and yet suddenly the fourth trimester has passed and he is basically a grown up. When imp 1 was born, husband and I found the newborn phase to be surprisingly easy. We didn’t have any sleepless nights. Yes, she woke up to …

No phone zone

Husband and I suck. We spend way too much time on our phones (though considering that he’s Israeli he’s really quite good at turning his phone silent and putting it aside) and we take them with us everywhere. He is worse than I am, which he will deny, but he’ll also deny that about housekeeping …

Parenting myth: spoiling a baby

Imp 2 was born at home. We had a list of things we needed to buy and organise. Honestly, if that list had been your only clue, I’m not sure if your mind had jumped to home birth or murder. We needed plastic foil and large rubbish sacks and a whole manner of suspicious things. …