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Maxi-Cosi RodiFix Airprotect car seat review

Before Rhys started school I really didn’t drive that much.

If we needed to go out to the local shops we would walk there, and I would have the big weekly shop delivered, rather than battle with taking him with me (he was a very lively toddler!).

But now he’s in school, and Nerys is in nursery a few mornings a week, I drive a lot more.

And I’m really conscious of wanting them both to be safe and comfortable in their car seats.

Rhys now has a Maxi Cosi RodiFix Airprotect seat that we all really love.

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The RodiFix Air Protect seat is a group 2/3 seat, suitable for children aged 3.5 – 12 years, and 15 – 36 kilos.

Our seat is the River Blue option which we love, but there are several other lovely colours you can chose from.

I personally love the colour of the River Blue seat though, especially with the little bit of striped detail on the top section!

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One of the things that initially attracted us to the seat is the fact that it uses isofix.  

Installing the seat in the car using the isofix connectors was really quick and easy and the seat felt lovely and secure once it was in.

Unfortunately we had to change our car over the summer and our new one doesn’t have isofix.  However the RodiFix still feels nice and safe in the new car, secured in place by the seatbelt.

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Speaking of the seatbelt, the RodiFix has a fab belt guide which holds the seatbelt in the right position, making it really quick and easy to do it up.

I’ve found that with the seatbelt in place through the guide Rhys is much more able to help me with doing up his seatbelt which does make life a bit easier.

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I love the fact that, because the head and shoulder support is fully adjustable, the seat will grow with Rhys.

Although I do find it funny to think that he’s comfortable in it now, aged 5, and yet he will still be able to use it when he’s about 12!

Knowing that the seat will last him for so long is really great though, and makes it feel like a really worthwhile investment.

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Rhys seems really comfortable in his car seat, and it has 2 recline positions so if he ever falls asleep on longer journeys we can make him even more comfy.

Most importantly of all though, I love how safe the RodiFix is.

The headrest offers side-impact protection which helps to reduce the risk of head injury if we were ever in an accident.  And the seat also provides excellent side impact protection for the lower back and hips.

Of course, I hope we’re never involved in an accident but it’s really reassuring to know that Rhys will have some additional protection in his seat if anything does ever happen.

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We’ve been using the RodiFix Air Protect for several months now and are really happy with it.

I love that we’ve been able to use it in both our old car and our new car, as there is isofix available but the seat can still be used without it.

One thing we really noticed when we were moving the seat from one car to the next is how light it is!

It’s weighs just over 6kg which makes it a really good choice if you have to move it between cars a lot.  It’s also quite compact, which is really useful in our new car.  The seat belt plug is almost flush with the seat which can make doing up the belt quite fiddly and tricky.  But with this seat there’s actually a nice amount of room at the side of the seat to be able to get the seat belt in easily.

In our time with the RodiFix we’ve not come across any negatives at all, and I’m confident that Rhys is nice and comfy in it, which really makes a difference when we need to go on longer car journeys to visit family and friends.

You can read all the detailed specifications for the seat on the Maxi Cosi website.

I received this car seat for the purposes of writing this review, but all words and opinions are my own.

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Bonfire night crafts – #BostikBloggers

I’ve recently been invited to join a lovely group of bloggers in creating crafts using items provided by Bostik.

And I am so excited about it!

This month’s theme is Bonfire Night, and I was sent a fab box of materials to get creative with.

I decided to try out 2 different crafty ideas – mitten light catchers and a bonfire collage.

 

First, I made these mitten light catchers.

I don’t know about you, but when I think of bonfire night I think of mittens!

I think of wrapping up warm in hats, scarves and mittens and trying to write words in the air with sparklers.

So I wanted to make a mitten-related craft of some sort.  And I decided to go for mitten light catchers.

Here’s what you need and how to go about making them.

I used thick black paper, tissue paper, thin patterned fabric, glue, and glitter glue.

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Get an A4 sheet of thick paper or card and fold it in half.

Draw a mitten shape on the folded card.  You can either do this freehand, find a template online or draw around your hand to get a mitten shape.

Cut round the outline so you end up with 2 mitten shapes.

Draw a smaller mitten inside your existing mitten and then cut that out, so you’re left with a sort of mitten frame.

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Stick the fabric and tissue paper to the back of the mittens.

Decorate the edges of the mittens with glitter glue and if you feel fancy you can also add pom poms, sequins, or whatever you have in your craft stash!

Once dry, hang or stick the mittens to a window to let them catch the light.

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The second thing I made was a bonfire collage.

For this you’ll need black paper, glue, lolly sticks, tissue paper, various materials in red, orange and yellow, sequin stars and glitter glue.

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First of all, pop some glue on the back of the lolly sticks and attach them to the paper to create the woodpile at the base of the bonfire.

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Next, spread some glue on the paper where you want your flames to go and start layering up your tissue paper and other bits.  Red things first, then orange and then a small amount of yellow bits in the middle.

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Finally, use the glitter glue to stick down some sequin stars and other sparkly sequins to make stars in the night sky.

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So there you have it.

Two easy and fun crafts to make to celebrate bonfire night!

I was sent a box of craft materials to create this post, but all words, opinions and creations are my own.

 

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Jord watch review and giveaway

I realised at a wedding I was photographing recently, that I’d become one of those people.

One of those people who use their phone to check the time, rather than wearing a watch.

I think one of the reasons it happened to me is that I didn’t really know what style of watch suited me these days.

When I was younger I had a really funky, green, baby G watch.  But that doesn’t really work for me any more.

It’s a shade of green that I don’t really wear, and it just doesn’t really feel ‘me’ now that I’m in my 30s.

And a few years ago my sister bought me a lovely, pretty silver watch that I wear for special ocassions, but it’s just a bit too pretty and dainty for me to wear everyday.

It doesn’t sit quite right with my jeans and jumpers.

The thing is, I didn’t know what style of watch would go with the clothes I wear.

But then I started seeing these gorgeous wooden watches by Jord appearing on blogs and social media.  

And when I was offered the chance to review one I was over the moon.

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I spent a really long time browsing Jord’s website.

All the watches are absolutely stunning, and there is so much choice in the women’s watches section.

In the end though I chose the dark sandalwood and smoke watch from the Frankie series.

The watch arrived in a beautiful presentation box which I thought was a lovely touch.

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If you were to buy one of these watches as a present I think the person you bought it for would be thrilled.  There’s something a bit special about the way it’s packaged up.

All the colours and materials used in the presentation box work really well with the natural style of the watches, and it all feels beautifully high-end.

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I thought it might feel a bit strange wearing a watch again after not wearing one for so long.  But this watch just felt ‘right’ as soon as I put it on.

It’s much lighter than I expected it to be, so it’s really comfortable to wear.

I also really love the fact that the watchface is nice and big, and the simple, classic design makes it really easy to tell the time with a quick glance.

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I love the fact that, due to the nature of the wood, all the watches are ever so slightly different.  I’ve always liked things that are unique, and I would definitely call this a unique watch!

The dark sandalwood and smoke watch that I chose is absolutely gorgeous.

I love how well the colour of the watchface goes with the wood of the strap.  And I think it’s really striking, yet quite subtle at the same time.

I’ve already had loads of compliments on it!

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Now, here’s the exciting part!

You can win a $75 voucher to use on the Jord website just be clicking here and entering the competition.  And even if you don’t win, every person who enters will get a $20 voucher!

So, what are you waiting for, go and enter now for your chance to win!  The competition ends on Sunday 30th October 2016.

I’d love to know what you think of my new watch.  

Have you seen a wooden watch before?  Is it something you’d wear?  Have you been over to the Jord website and chosen your favourite?!  Leave me a comment and let me know.

 

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This post was sponsored by Jord watches.

 

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4 easy and fun Halloween crafts

Both of my children love arts and crafts activities.

Painting, glueing, colouring, creating; they love it all.

So we were all really excited when a box of craft materials arrived from Viking, for us to have some fun creating some Halloween crafts.

When I opened the box I found some white, orange and black wool, black paper, funky craft scissors, googly eyes, lollies and pipe cleaners.

I wasn’t sure what to make at first, so just spread everything out on the table, grabbed a few other supplies and just let everyone come up with ideas!

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This is what we ended up creating.

 

Fluffy ghosts

I love this super simple craft.

We cut ghost shapes out of cardboard, spread them with lots of glue and then covered them in bits of cotton wool.

Then we added some googly eyes to bring them to life.

So easy, and so much fun.

And if you’re feeling creative like Nerys you can add loads and loads of google eyes to make a crazy monster ghost!

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Tissue paper pumpkins.

For this toddler-friendly craft I cut out a simple pumpkin shape from thick black paper, which we then covered in bits of orange tissue paper.

Then we cut some eyes and a mouth out of black paper using the funky scissors from Viking and stuck those down to complete the pumpkin,

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Threaded wool spider webs.

This is a great craft for toddlers as it really helps with fine motor skills.  But it can also be really good fun for older children who can get creative with the pattern they make with the wool.

I cut a circle out of card and then cut a smaller circle from the middle of that.  You could use a paper plate instead if you have some at home.

Then I went round the circle with a hole-punch, making little holes to thread the wool through.  Then just start threading in a random, criss-cross pattern to get a spiderweb effect.

These would look great hung up around the house at halloween.

And you can even make little pipe-cleaner spiders to sit on them!

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Spooky spiders.

While the children were busy with their ghosts and pumpkins, Steve and I had some spidery fun with the pipe cleaners.

I wrapped some round a lolly and added some googly eyes to make a tasty spidery treat.

While Steve got creative and made a spider with a cottonwool body and pipe cleaner legs.  And another made entirely out of pipe cleaners and googly eyes.

Hmmm, there’s a bit of a similarity between Steve’s multi-eyed spider and Nerys’ ghost!

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Pumpkin tealight holders.

If you’re not up for the job of carving out a pumpkin, but still want something to add a little glow to your halloween decorations then these little tealight holders are a great option!

Grab an empty jam jar, clean it out and take the label off.

Then mix up some pva glue and water and use that to stick orange tissue paper all over the outside of the jar.

When that’s all dry you can either cut out some features from black paper and stick them on, or you can draw them on with a black marker pen.

Then pop a tea light in the jar and enjoy the spooky atmosphere!

You could also make ghost ones by using white tissue paper instead.

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So there you have it, a handful of ideas for easy halloween crafts to make at home.  Will you be making anything to decorate your house with this year?

 

We were sent a box of craft materials from Viking for the purpose of creating this post, but all words and makes are my own.

 

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#RealBaking review – Cake pop kit, Cookie kit and Chocolate pen.

Oh we’ve been having some fun in the kitchen lately!

We recently reviewed the great baking set from Vivid Imaginations and had a lot of fun with that.

So Nerys and I were really quite keen to get stuck into the other sets we were sent to review.

Here are my thoughts on the cookie kit, chocolate pen and cake pop kit.

 

Real baking cookie kit

First up we spent a rainy afternoon trying out the cookie kit.

The set comes with a silicone baking sheet, a rolling pin, a rolling pin guide, a piping bag and a selection of cookie cutters.

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As the set is designed for children aged 6+ everything in it is child-sized, which is lovely because it is nice and easy for a child to use it all, but it does also mean that you can’t make that much in one go with it.

As you can see from the photo you can only fit about 6 ‘normal’ sized biscuits on the little baking sheet, so you have to either make them in batches or do what we did and make lots of smaller biscuits and put the ones that don’t fit on a separate baking sheet to cook them.

The set comes with instructions on how to use the items included, but would be even better if it included a recipe or two.

With no recommendations in the kit it’s hard to know how much dough to make to work well with the size of the tray.

In the end I found a simple biscuit recipe that actually worked out really well and was nice and easy to make.

Nerys then really enjoyed rolling out the dough using the rolling guide to help her.

I have to admit I was a bit dubious about how well this would work.  I had visions of the whole thing just sliding around and her getting frustrated.  But actually she managed it really well and the guide really did help get the dough to a perfect thickness to then cut out the shapes.

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Once we’d used up all the dough we popped the biscuits in the oven for about 12 minutes.

I was really pleased with how well they came out!

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I would point out that even though the kit is called the ‘cookie kit’ you’re much better off finding a biscuit recipe rather than a cookie one.

Mainly because cookies quite often spread when you bake them, whereas biscuits will hold their shape better.

This kit comes with quite a nice selection of different cutters so it’s fab when they come out of the oven looking like the butterflies, flowers and stars that you wanted!

 

Real baking chocolate pen

Next we tested out the chocolate pen kit.

Oh I had such mixed feelings about this!  

On the one hand I was really excited to try it, because chocolate!  But on the other hand I just wasn’t sure how easy it would be to use.

And after reading the instructions I wasn’t feeling particularly reassured, because honestly it all looked quite fiddly.

In the set you get the Chocolate Pen, 3 mould trays, 4 nozzles & clamps, caps, 12 bags for chocolate and an instruction booklet.

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Firstly, I was a little bit disappointed when I realised that the pen requires batteries but these aren’t included.

Luckily we had some at home, but it was still a bit of a faff to dig out a screwdriver to put them in.

Secondly, I think the kit would be that little bit more special if there were a couple of bags of chocolate buttons in there, as this is what is recommended in the instruction booklet.  But there isn’t any chocolate included in the box.

Once we got started though I found that setting up the pen wasn’t quite as fiddly as I’d expected.  But I’m really not sure how well a 6 year old would manage if they tried to do it.

You have to fill one of the little bags with chocolate, attach a nozzle and clamp and then put the bag in warm water to melt the chocolate.

Once it’s all melted you put the bag into the pen and fasten it all up.  This part is a little fiddly but after you’ve done it once or twice it does get easier.

To get the pen to work you press the big button on it, which pushes a plunger inside the pen that then forces the chocolate out of the top of the nozzle.

You can then use it in two ways.

You can use the pen to fill up the chocolate moulds or you can draw freehand with it onto baking parchment.

We tried both and had a lot of fun.

The moulds I really liked.  There are quite a few to chose from and you can layer up colours if you feel fancy.  We only had milk chocolate in the house so ours are quite simple but I still think they came out really well.

And I think they’ll be lovely to make with the children to give to people at Christmas time.

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As for drawing with the pen?  Well, maybe with a bit more practise we would get better but our results this time weren’t amazing!  The nozzle is quite big on the pen so I’m not quite sure how you could achieve the lovely delicate writing that’s shown on the box!

We ended up with a sort-of butterfly (my effort), a lovely muddy puddle (Nerys’ work) and a big flower with a leaf on the stem (a joint effort).

Not too shabby for a first attempt, but nothing like the examples on the box.

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My main feeling with this set is that, once you’ve got it up and running, it’s a lot of fun.

Nerys really enjoyed using it, and Rhys is desperate to have a try too.

It is tricky to get amazing results with it, but then it’s not claiming to be a professional tool.  To my mind, it’s a toy.  It’s supposed to just be fun, and to encourage children to want to bake more and get more involved in the kitchen.

And I think that it works well with that in mind.

 

Real baking cake pops

The last thing we tried out was the cake pop set.

And like with the chocolate pen, I was a bit apprehensive.

I’ve always loved the idea of cake pops but had never actually made them before because they always seemed a little complicated.  And at first glance this set didn’t make it look simple either, mainly because of the number of steps there are in the instructions!

In the kit you get 2 silicon mould sheets, 2 cone moulds, 1 mini doughnuts mould sheet and 12 lollipop sticks.

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First impressions are that the pieces all feel nice quality, but there’s not much to the kit.

It seems a bit of shame that you can only make 4 cake pops at a time, it would be so much better if there were 2 of the mould sets in there.

And the little doughnut mould is sweet, but slightly random as no recipes are provided so I’m not really sure what to do with it.

The kit comes with 2 cone moulds as well, so you can either just make basic cake pops or you can melt chocolate and pour it into the moulds and then put the cake pops on top of those, to make sort of cake ice creams.

In the end we decided to just go for the basic cake pops, but I’ve promised Rhys we’ll get the kit out again soon and make the cones too!

To make the cake pops you make up your cake mix (I used my basic 2-4-4-4 fairy cake recipe) and then spoon some into one half of the silicone mould, up to the line.  Then you put the other half on top and press it down to secure it in place.

Then bake!

As the cakes rise they form themselves into nice little balls of cake.

I was so sceptical about this.

I really didn’t think it would work properly so I was amazed when I popped open the mould after the cakes had cooled to find these neat little cake balls!

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The next step then is to simply put the lolly stick in and then dip the cake pops in melted chocolate and decorate.

The issue I had here is that there’s nothing in the kit to use to stand the cake pops up while the chocolate hardens.  So you’d have to lie them down on some greaseproof paper or something similar, resulting in a random flat spot of chocolate.

I got lucky and had a plastic tub waiting to be recycled that actually had 4 little holes in the bottom, just the right size for the sticks.  So I put my cakes pops in there for the topping to set.  I would love it though if the kit came with something like that to make life a bit easier!

The end result though is really good I think.  

Not quite bake off standard but still!  It’s just a bit of a shame that you can only bake 4 at a time.

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There are one or two little niggles with all three baking sets that we tested.

Each set could do with having a few more key bits of kit to them, and it would be really nice if there were recipe ideas in the boxes to get you started.

Overall though, we really like them.

We’ve had a lot of fun and really enjoyed baking something other than our standard fairy cakes.

And I think that’s the key to these kits.

They’re fun.

They’re meant as a way to get kids interested in baking, and trying new skills, and having fun.

And from my experience with them they succeed on all those points.

My adult self has a few nit-picky reservations but the child in me, who always loved the look of things like Mr Frosty and easy bake ovens, really enjoyed them!

We’ll definitely be getting all these sets out again over the coming months.

 

Disclaimer – I was sent the kits for the purpose of this review but all words and opinions are my own.

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Great baking set review – #RealBaking

I may have mentioned this before, but I really love baking with my children.

So I was really excited when I was offered the chance to review some children’s baking kits from Vivid imaginations.

The first set we unpacked was the ‘Great baking set’ and Nerys and I had a great time testing it out one rainy day recently.

The set is made up of the following items:

  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 small bowl
  • 1 suction cup, to keep the bowls steady on the table, genius!
  • 3 measuring spoons
  • 1 egg cracker
  • 1 silicone baking tray
  • 16 little cupcake cases
  • 4 piping bags
  • 1 icing nozzle

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So basically, it includes everything you need to get started with baking, although a little wooden spoon would make a great addition to the set.

My first impression of the baking set was really positive.  

Everything feels nice and sturdy and I love the bright, funky colours!

The bowls, measuring cups and little baking tray are all really handy bits of baking kit to have for cooking with children.

But the thing I really love?  The egg cracker!

I’ve not seen anything like it before!

Basically, you pop an egg between the arms of the cracker, press firmly down on the yellow button and hey presto.  The egg cracks into the little bowl below and the shell stays put.

We used 2 eggs in our recipe, and both times the eggs cracked perfectly with no little bits of shell making it through at all.

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Now I have to admit, I’ll normally crack the eggs open myself when I bake with Rhys and Nerys, and even then I quite often find little bits of shell that I have to fish out.  So this little device is great for giving them a way to crack the eggs without making a mess.

And honestly, it’s really good fun!

We stuck with our standard fairy cake recipe when we tested out the great baking set, although we did throw in a good amount of cocoa powder too.  Well, we had to test out the measuring spoons in some way!  So yeah, that’s about 1/4 cup of cocoa powder going in.  Yum!

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One thing I will say about the set is that the bowls provided are child size.  

So they’re really not big enough to hold all the mixture if you’re following a standard recipe for something like fairy cakes.

So we mixed everything up in a big bowl, then I transferred some into a bowl from the set for Nerys to add some chocolate chips and then spoon that mixture into the cake cases.

Again, the cake cases are teeny, and the silicone baking tray only holds 4 at a time, which could be a bit annoying if you’ve got impatient little ones who just want cake!

But the way I see it, this set is designed to be used to introduce children to baking and to start teaching them different skills.

And I think it worked really well, the way we did it.

Nerys had her independence to make some little fairy cakes by herself, and I made some standard sized ones for the grown ups!

She did such a good job spooning the mixture into the cases and was, quite rightly, very proud of herself when she saw the end result.

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I mean, come on, how cute are these little cakes!

We iced the little ones with our usual white icing and Nerys then decorated them with little chocolate beans.

For the big cakes though I decided to try my hand at using a piping bag for the first time, using the bags and nozzle that came in the baking set.  I made up a quick chocolate buttercream and got to work, and I’m quite pleased with how they turned out.

I mean, I’m not going to be on bake off anytime soon but still, I think they look pretty good!

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All in all I think the great baking set is a lovely little kit for getting children involved and interested in baking alongside adults in the kitchen.

And don’t tell anyone but I think I’ll be making use of the egg cracker next time I’m making scrambled eggs for lunch!

A little note – the kit is aimed at children aged 6+, so if like me you decide to use it with younger children please do make sure you supervise them at all times.

Disclosure – We were sent the great baking set for the purposes of this review, but all words and opinions are my own.

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I won't do my son's homework for him

Why I won’t do my son’s homework

We had a ‘meet the teacher’ session at my son’s school last week, where we were told all about what they would be getting up to in year one.

And one of the things that was mentioned was homework.  

For the most part the homework will be based around reading and spelling, but the teacher did remark that there will be one or two bigger projects now and then.  Like making posters to go on the classroom wall, and building model houses after a trip to St Fagans.

The thing is, I swear she said to us parents “you’ll be making models”, not “your children will be making models”.  And my immediate thought was that I certainly won’t be making anything!

I’ll help, of course, but I refuse to do my son’s homework for him.

Why I won't do my son's homework

 

Here’s why I won’t do my son’s homework for him:

  • It tells him that his efforts aren’t good enough.  By taking over and doing it for him, it implies that I think he can’t do it well enough by himself.  And I always want him to know that his best effort will always be good enough for me.  Last year he had lots of letters to practise writing as part of his homework, and sometimes those letters were the wrong way round, and wobbly, and imperfect.  But HE did it.  He sat and he tried his best, and honestly, at 4 years old surely that’s all that matters?!

 

  • He won’t learn anything!  What’s the point in him having homework and then me doing it for him?  He won’t learn anything from it in terms of academics, but he’ll also never learn life lessons about trying your best, about failing and that being ok!

 

  • It’s not my job.  I mean, I’ve been through school, and back then it was my job to do my homework.  But I’m not in school any more!  It’s my job to help him, to explain things to him, to support him, yes.  But it’s not my job to do it for him.

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It seems like I’m not the only parent who feels this way.  I asked some fellow parent bloggers for their thoughts and this is what they had to say:

“I don’t think (apart from spellings and reading) homework should given in Primary school until years 5 & 6 to prepare them for secondary school. They have enough time in school each day to learn – they shouldn’t have to come home and do more. Hometime should be a re-coup time and time for doing things they want to do.”

– Lisa from It’s a blogs life

 

“I don’t do it for them, actually I wrote a post on it.. there’s no point me doing it for him, as he may as well not do it. I will help I.e. talk him through it if he’s stuck or suggest where he may look for answers. Eldest is year 4 and has had homework since year 2. I think it enhances his ability to be able to learn independently.”

– Vi from dancing in my wellies

 

“My son has just started Year Two and is a very reluctant writer. I won’t do his homework for him but I will help him and guide him or otherwise he’d never do any of it. If it’s written work he has to do, then we talk about what he wants to say one night and I write it all down, then another night we work on a shortened version of his thoughts. I’ve written it down in his words and then he’s copied it. He’s just had to do a family tree project, again writing is a nightmare, so I suggested he made a tree with ivy leaves, we printed photos and he just wrote labels for relationships. He did the work but with a lot of guidance.

I’d rather he had nothing except reading, spellings and maths for a few more years but it is what it is.”

– Mary from over 40 and a mum to one

 

“I totally leave my six year old to it, but that is because she is very self motivated. If anything I tell her to stop and leave it for a bit as she gets carried away trying to do too much. It depends on the child as some need more guidance than others. It needs to be a partnership bewteen school, child and home. As parents we do have a responsibility to get involved I believe.”

– Emma from emma and 3

 

“My daughter is 4 so has just started receiving homework, it’s usually something like “Draw a picture of something small & something big”, so I’ll discuss the topic with her, in this example, what things are small & what things are big, and then leave her get on with the work. But she’ll often have to write what her drawing are, so either I’ll tell her the letters to write herself or if she can’t remember her alphabet, I’ll write them on a scrap piece of paper for her to copy, with me telling her the names of each letter as she goes along.”

– Becky from hectic diabectic

 

“Things like spellings and times tables my son does himself but some of the harder homework we have done together. I certainly don’t tell him what to do but I sometimes help guide him in the right direction and then we talk about how he came to that outcome/ answer. I think sometimes a little help can be much more beneficial than them getting frustrated and giving up!”

– Jess from tantrums to smiles

 

“My son has just started reception, we are asked to do 10 mins a day of “reading or writing practice” which is a lovely way for us to see what he’s learning at school and so far feels like a treat for him to have 1:1 time with me or his Dad. I like that it’s flexible and there is no pressure on him yet to produce something to hand in! I wish homework could stay this chilled forever!”

– Amy from 2 boys 1 mum

 

“You can tell when a parent has done the homework and it’s not fair on the students. Not just their child but others, it puts pressure on everyone else.

I help my son but he completes it and if he struggles I write a note to the teacher.”

– Jaymee from the mum diaries

 

“My 4 year old has just started infant school so homework hasn’t started yet aside from a reading book each night. It does irk me when parents do their kid’s homework, especially if they are open about it too. Guidance and encouragement is key. I do find that some schools can be a bit suspicious of a good result of homework particularly if a parent works within that particular field, i.e, science or geography for example.”

– Sophie from sophie and lily

 

“I understand that when a child is little they might need some help with certain school projects, but it never ceases to amaze me the lengths that some people go to. There is absolutely no point in parents doing the homework for the children. My eldest took in a cereal box that I wrapped in paper for him and then he coloured in to make it look like a house for the Great Fire Of London. That was enough work for me! Some children had wooden houses with thatched roofs! It means so much more for them to do it themselves.”

– Louise from a strong coffee

 

“My daughter has just gone into year 6 and I have always just helped her not done it for her. If she is stuck and I can’t help her do it herself it gets left. The teachers prefer this as they then know where she is struggling and can help her more on that particular area.”

– Tracey from one frazzled mum

 

“I help if they don’t understand something but I usually leave them to it. I always make sure my teens do theirs but to be honest it’s only now my son is in year 6 that I make him do his. Any younger and I think they do enough in school without having to do even more at home.”

– Katie from mami to 5

 

“I’ll help my daughter (year 3) but only to expand on her thoughts. I’d never do it for her, it undermines the whole point of getting the homework. I’ll help her by testing her spellings in preparation for a test or I’ll read through something to make sure it makes sense but I’m lucky in that she doesn’t mind homework so needs little support. If she’s really stuck then I’ll explain what the teacher is looking for so she understands it better but not do it directly for her”

– Alice from living with a jude

 

“It’s homework day today. My daughter tends to rush through it, get it wrong because she hasn’t read it, gets cross with me and storms off upstairs stamping her feet for added effect. So when she eventually comes back down we talk about the homework, she gets it and re-does it correctly while telling me she wants to be on her own. Fun…!! She’s just turned 7 and is in Y3. Reading and spelling are much easier to deal with as she enjoys those.”

– Jo from mum-friendly

 

“I will sit with my children while they do their homework (quite often doing my work at the same time). If they need something talked through I will go through it with them but ultimately it is their work. I don’t even correct their spelling mistakes, I might just point out that they need to double check the spellings of a couple of words. If they’ve done it badly it still gets handed in. I think it’s important from an early age to get used to working on your own and under your own motivation too. They will soon learn they get rewarded at school for good homework which motivates them.”

– Alina from we made this life

 

“Absolutely a parent should not do the homework. We are paying a lot of money in taxes for our children’s education, what’s the point if parents are doing the work for them?”

– Hayley from life as a butterfly

 

And a teacher’s point of view:

“I don’t know the homework expectations at Primary level, but at Secondary level, I expect students to complete their homework themselves, except if parental input is part of the homework’s requirement. This is not to say that parents can’t guide or give any support, but I don’t want parents completing their children’s homework. It defeats the purpose of extending students’ learning beyond the classroom and challenging students to develop their independent learning skills. Also, homework contributes to overall assessment of students’ progress, and parental completion of student homework does not contribute to this. I expect completed homework to reflect the student’s ability, and not their parents'”

– Mo from a novice mum

 

So there you have it fellow parents!  

General consensus is that, yes, we should help our children as necessary.

Especially when they’re little and need a parent to sit and read with them.  But we should NOT be doing the homework for them.

So anyone feeling like a bad mom after watching Amy in the movie with a huge papier-mâché Richard Nixon head that she made for her son, please stop!

We’re doing much better by our children by letting them do these projects for themselves.

 

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