All About Poo

All About Poo

A friend of mine has a little boy with chronic constipation. They have really struggled to access information and support, and felt that if they’d known earlier what they know now they could have avoided a lot of worry and washing. With him in mind, I’ve written the GP’s guide to avoiding childhood constipation. It is certainly not glamorous, but neither is parenthood! Your 4 your old child is heading off to school. Dressed in their new uniform, waving bravely from the classroom door, and turning to embark on a… View Post

It’s a Phase, Just a Phase…

It’s a Phase, Just a Phase…

As soon as I think we are in a routine and have got this parenting malarky all figured out, it’s like my toddler knows it’s time to throw a curve ball. Time for another phase to hit, another challenge to divert you off course again! Currently we are in the ‘I’m going to wake up at 5.30am everyday’ phase and I can tell you that no amount of ‘Baby Jake’ after breakfast will ever make the day start right. See, Cbeebies is the gauge in the Patchett household and you know its a good day… View Post

Baby No 2 is on the Way …1 problem…2 problems

Baby No 2 is on the Way …1 problem…2 problems

It all started in September, my implant had run out so I had to have it removed. My anxiety levels had risen to a new high, just to have  this little stick removed. The doctor and nurse were in the room with me and they could both see how much I was stressing! When it comes to anything involving needles or blood I loose myself. I’ve had a baby, I’ve been through that experience, but needles are something else! I automatically start getting teary, my hands go sweaty, my breathing becomes… View Post

Everyday Ways to Teach your Little One a …

Everyday Ways to Teach your Little One a Second Language

The benefits of teaching your child a foreign language from an early age are numerous and well-documented.  Due to their brain plasticity, babies are uniquely able to learn multiple languages at once with great ease – without confusion or delays to the learning of their native language.  In fact, not only can speaking a second or multiple languages with your child mean they are able to converse with greater fluency in these languages in later life, studies have shown that it may also lead to a higher IQ, better performance in standardised testing at school age, greater levels of concentration, enhanced problem solving and greater critical thinking skills.… View Post

The Travel Bug

The Travel Bug

Travel has always been my passion. Aged 17, I went on my first parent-free adventure to Berlin with my best friend, Jo. We took a thrilling train journey across what was then communist East Germany, venturing behind the Iron Curtain, emerging in a curious city that had been sliced in two after the Second World War. The guarded, concrete Berlin Wall, built in 1961 to separate the two sides physically and ideologically, still stood then and it fascinated us. It did so again in 1989 when it was torn down.… View Post