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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful ( and very entertaining) daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or my gorgeous sister in law as part of our baby blog and occasionally we accept guest posts. There is frequently talk of shoes (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) and baby swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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  1. I talk about my girls most of the time on the blog so when I found the "Siblings" linky, I was kicking myself that I didn't know about it before. I have to admit that I am always wary of the photos I share on the blog (mostly because my mom frets about pictures being online) but I love the idea of this linky.

    My girls can be the best of friends but the worst of enemies, they either love each other hopelessly or fight like cats and dogs. There never really seems to be any middle ground.

    However, the little one has been quite poorly lately (resulting in an ambulance ride and hospital visit) and while the little one is usually the more boistrous and zealous one, her fragility has brought out the protective instinct in her older sister. Maybe April will mean the month of friendship??

    Siblings April 1

    Siblings April 2

     

    ”dear

  2. Considering the Lilypad is a handmade, craft style website, we don't actually do a lot of craft stuff on the blog but this Easter we have been inspired by our blogging friends and Pinterest to create some foodie based Easter activities.

    Easter Nest Pops

    When I saw this idea on Me & My Shadow blog, I just had to do it with the girls. We made a lot of mess but they loved it!

    Easter 4

    White Chocolate "carrots"

    This was an idea I saw on Pinterest and I think we might need a little more practice but the girls had fun. We just melted some white chocolate, added orange food colouring, rolled the strawberries in them and et voila .....

    Easter 1

    So after all that creating ..... I made the man on the pad indulge me in some spring time flowers!

    Easter 2

    Happy Easter!!

     

     

  3. Trying to get my daughter to do her homework is a little bit like pulling teeth but in this high-tech age, children have a completely different experience of learning and education from when we we young. Gone are the endless nights of scribbling, crossing out and rewriting, and hours of spent researching in the library. These days, with the birth of laptops and tablets, homework is a completely different animal. At the click of a button any question can be answered. With websites designed specifically for children, they can read and interact almost independently. Sites like Advent gives some good advice on how computers can help children with their homework. 

    Homework

    It seems like it was only a few years ago, you had to actually visit a shop to purchase a computer; these days, with so many review sites to rely on, we have become more confident in our knowledge. When it comes to purchasing technology, sites like www.ebay.co.uk give such a wide selection both in terms of budget and specification, we need never be bothered by those pesky sales people again!

    In fact I have just ordered the girls some new dvd players from eBay this afternoon, without moving from my computer  (I really do love the internet). The problem for me is that I get lost on there and go clicking through looking for all sorts of other ideas and deals (maybe this is where my daughter gets her "easily distracted" temperament from). In all seriousness though, there are so many different devices to choose from, I am never entirely sure which one is best for the girls.

    Tablets

    Tablets are great for portable working, they are easy and fun to use. They are internet-enabled and work in a similar way to smartphones. Educational apps can be purchased and parental controls can be set – more easily on some than others. They are excellent for reading and researching and you can purchase apps and audio books that read aloud. These are brilliant for children who are dyslexic or for younger age groups. However, although you can download Word, it would be reasonably difficult to type up a project on a tablet and it's memory and storage space is limited. They are also easy to break or scratch so protective casing is an absolute must ..... especially if you have a boistrous 2 year old around. (says the voice of experience).

    Desktop

    If, like me, you would like your child fixed in one place, then a desktop computer is the best option. They have huge storage/memory capacity and by the fact that they can't be moved means they are very hard to break. A desktop PC is a good idea if you want a computer to be shared by other members of the family. For me, it also gives me the ability to check what she is doing, I know that sounds a little "Big Brother" but eith so many "pop ups" and cyber bullying, keeping her safe online is as important as road safety these days.

    Laptops

    Laptops bridge the gap between the tablet and desktop, having the best of both worlds. Portable yet sturdy, they have a better amount of storage (around 500GB compared with 64GB on the larger tablets). The keypads are as good as a desktop so typing up work is a doddle, and the mouse track pads definitely make it easier to edit photographs. There are so many to consider though, so to get an idea of the laptop(s) that may suit you, consider by reading the Which guide. Mini-laptops are also available, which can be particularly useful if your child needs to take it to school or off to a friend’s house to study. 

    Each device has it pros and cons according to who is using it and of course what it is going to be used for. What’s best for one family may not suit another.  Tablets are generally the cheapest option; however, for longevity, you may find the laptop the best investment.

    Typically every member of our family wants something different but if we get this right, the girls will have absolutely no reason not to do their homework! *looks hopeful*

    What do you prefer?

  4. My eldest daughter is a sleep walker. It took me a long time to actually realise that she was sleep walking and not just getting up in the night and gibbering nonesense. 

    I am a very matter of fact kind of mom but sleepwalking, despite being quite a common problem, still unnerves me a little. I was amazed to learn that up to 30% of children will sleepwalk at some point. Although the behaviour is more common in children, the number of adults affected is higher than previously thought (I suspect my other half would like the opportunity to sleep deeply enough to even contemplate sleep walking.)

    Sleep is a big topic in our house, whether it be the lack of it or my snoring or the sleepwalking children, sleep should be about resting your head on the pillow and hopefully waking up in the same place 8 hours or so later shouldn't it? Not in our house! We have had:

    • Running down the stairs

    • Wandering around on the landing

    • Random conversations about putting bread in the bath

    • Finding her sleeping curled up at the end of our bed

    • Opening doors in the middle of the night

    Most of the time she has her eyes open, which was a little disturbing to start with but now I am used to it. Having researched it, the NHS website says that the most common triggers are:

    • sleep deprivation

    • fatigue (extreme tiredness)

    • stress and anxiety

    • fever 

    • drinking too much alcohol

    • taking recreational drugs 

    • certain types of medication

    • being startled by a sudden noise or touch and waking from deep sleep, or waking from deep sleep to go to the toilet 

    I can assure you that the 8yo has not been in the drinks cabinet and has no access to recreational drugs but I do notice she sleepwalks more when she is especially tired.

    So how do you deal with a sleep walking child?

    Sleepwalking

    I was always told never to wake a person who sleep walks ( I remember my best friend when we were younger, getting up in the middle of the night and standing on the alarm sensor, waking everyone else up .... except her!). I have learnt that trying to have a conversation is pointless and trying to decipher what she is saying is even more futile, so I just take her by the hand and lead her back to bed.

    I have always worried that sleep walking was as a result of her feeling unsettled but after reading so much about it, I find that it usually happens when they are in a deep sleep, so whilst she is waking everyone else up with her antics, at least she is in a deep asleep.

    Hopefully she will grow out of it as she gets older, although they do say it can run in the family so maybe one day her own children will do the same and she will know how perplexing it is.