Toddler’s morning out

S is currently on summer break from nursery and so apart from a 90 min nap at lunchtime, we have 10 hours a day to fill. I’ve decided to use this time to do things around London (and the UK) that we don’t usually get to do: The army museum, the national history museum, the science museum, Gulliver’s World, Peppa Pig World and general out and aboutness are on my list.

A fortnight ago I had friends in town and we did the Original London Bus Tour (review coming soon) and yesterday I had to go down to Holborn and took S with me. We got dropped off to the tube station (thanks mom!) and took the Northern Line and then the Central Line to Holborn. On the return we did the same journey but then took a bus home from the tube station. S absolutely loved it. He loves trains and buses and he’s at that age where he prefers not to use a pram, which actually makes life a lot easier for me. He knows we have to press the traffic light button before crossing the road and wait for the green man. He listens to instructions, holds my hand and understands the concept of “cars coming”. I’m loving this age and his new found independence.

Also, people are so friendly when you’re out and about with a toddler. Granted, S says hi and bye to practically everyone but people let you on the train first, offer you a seat quite quickly, S has even been offered fruit by a lady who’s banana he was eye’ing.

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When on the tube…

Think I need to add the Transport Museum in Convent Garden to my list of places to visit before the end of the summer.

Are there any other must see toddler friendly places you recommend in London?

Give it a go…because what’s more important than being happy?

Last year I wrote about Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra’s 21 day meditation on Desire and Destiny.

I have to be honest, I didn’t complete the 21 days. Life has a way of getting busy (lame excuse I know!!). This summer they are hosting another 21 day meditation on happiness and I am determined to put aside the time each day to complete it.

Essentially we are all happy beings and happiness is our true nature but when our ego, desires and other outwardly things take over, we often find we base our happiness on what we have rather than what we are.

So if you’re interested, give it a go…it’s 20 minutes each day and it started on the 11th of August (but you have up to 5 days to catch up).

On the first day Deepak Chopra explains how we all sacrifice our happiness in the name of selflessness but in fact by choosing happiness for ourselves and not feeling guilty or selfish about it, our happiness expands to all those around us. I’ve seen this time and time again. People feeling like they are martyrs because they sacrifice their happiness for others. I’ve done it myself…but I do find when I realise and remind myself that happiness is within me and actually consciously chosen by me, life gets a whole lot better! :)

You can sign up here.

Enjoy!!

Healthy eating habits

One of the things I’ve really battled with this summer is many people thinking it is okay for S to eat ice cream and lollipops all the time. Before I get virtual dirty looks, let me just say the odd ice cream/lollipop is fine but it’s the habit that worries me.

We spent 6 weeks travelling earlier this summer and on more than one occasion, S was offered ice cream, cheese balls, lollipops and other very sweet food stuff even when I expressed my reluctance. I now have an almost 2 1/2 year old who routinely opens the freezer saying “mama, ice cream.”

“He’s on holiday…”

“It’s the summer and it’s so hot…”

“One won’t hurt…”

These are the lines I’ve heard all summer and every time I’ve tried to explain my reasons for not indulging S, it has fallen on deaf ears. And then I saw this video.

It describes exactly how I feel. Of course, parents are not the only factor to blame for unhealthy eating habits but I do believe that eating habits start during childhood. That’s not to say that they don’t change over the course of a child’s life but we have our whole lives to eat what we like, why start at 2 1/2 has always been my argument.

I’m quite lucky S actually loves fruit and so I’d much rather he get his sugars from there.

Have you seen the video? What are your thoughts?

Peppa Pig – are we taking it too seriously?!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you would have heard of one of the most popular pre-schoolers TV shows at the moment…Peppa Pig. It’s about a family of 4 pigs…Peppa Pig, her little brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. It’s become so popular here in the UK, not only do you find Peppa Pig themed toys in every supermarket and toy store but there’s actually a Peppa Pig World down in the South of England.

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I have never encouraged S to watch any television or shows so until he was a little over two, he escaped the obsession that all the kids around him seemed to have with Peppa Pig. But when we were going on holiday earlier this summer, I downloaded 12 episodes as a back up for when he might need some entertainment. Let’s just say he’s now a fan!

Throughout our holiday he’d watch it for 20 minutes here and there and while listening in the background, I was surprised to find the image that was being portrayed by Daddy Pig. Call me stereotypical but when I think of Daddy Pig, I think of him being able to BBQ, set up a tent, read directions and hang a picture on the wall. All of which Peppa’s daddy isn’t able to do (or makes a mess of). And in walks mummy pig and gets it right so easily.

I honestly wondered if the show was being written by disgruntled single mother’s. And so I did some digging and it turns out the show is actually written by men (some of them dads). Am I taking Peppa Pig too seriously? I mean we all grew up watching Tom and Jerry but I certainly don’t believe that if I hit someone with a hammer across their head they’ll be alright.

And ironically, most of the angry mail directed at the writers of Peppa Pig is coming from women and not men. So are women not able to see the humour or are men just a lot more laid back about how they are portrayed on screen? Or, do men actually believe that Daddy Pig is a true representation of them?

I’m not sure what the answers are but one thing I do admire is the time Daddy Pig gives to his kids and even though he is “silly daddy” and “naughty daddy” and “messy daddy” according to his kids, he loves them very much.

If Peppa and George are able to laugh at Daddy Pig’s antics, shouldn’t we be able to as well? Let me know what you think.