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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky and entertaining daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or by one of our baby bloggers. Occasionally we accept guest posts too. There is frequently talk of shoes and clothing (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) education and swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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Category: The Toddler Years

  1. Changing Room Behaviour : The difference a few years make!

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    It is no secret that my girls love the water and approach it with enthusiasm but even though there are 6 years difference between my girls, how they approach the changing rooms are a totally different story.

     

    Toddler : Happy to run around naked for long periods of time in the changing room, avoiding getting dressed at all costs.

    Tween : Would rather put her clothes on over a wet swim suit, than actually get naked in front of anyone.

     

    Toddler : Thinks a towel is something you wear on your head and zoom around in.

    Tween : Cannot be seperated from said towel and sits in a cocoon until forced to get ready.

     

    Toddler : Will happily chat to anyone .... whilst naked.

    Tween : Avoids eye contact with anyone in the changing room.

     

    Toddler : Will contentedly ask to go to the toilet and walk over the wet floor to do so ..... whilst naked.

    Tween : Would not even consider walking on a wet floor in the toilet .... incase it was something other than water.

     

    Toddler : Will ask a stream of questions about anything, including other peoples boobs.

    Tween : Do not even mention the word boobs if you want any kind of conversation for the rest of the day.

     

    Toddler : Will try and help you fit everything into your swimming bag .... even if those things don't always belong to you.

    Tween : Will repeatedly leave goggles, swim hats and other items in the changing rooms.

     

    Toddler : Cannot wait to get out of the changing room and buy something from the vending machine.

    Tween : Cannot wait to get out of the changing room and buy something from the vending machine.

    Vending machine

     

    Oh .... maybe they are not so different after all.

    What are your children like in the changing room?

  2. The Morning Prayer : Wot so funee?

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    Having a toddler brings no end of entertainment, my toddler thinks she is Entertainments Manager in our house and loves nothing more than making us laugh.

    Since going to nursery, she has met a little boy called Lennon John. She insists every single day that his name is Lemon. There is no convincing her otherwise, especially as she now knows it makes us laugh.

    Peppa Pig has a parrot called Polly Parrot. According the the 2 year old, it's name is Polly Carrot. Again, there is no convincing her otherwise.

    Polly

    But my favourite thing at the moment is her morning prayer. Before snack time at my daughters' nursery and school, they say a prayer, according to the 2 year old, this is how is goes ......

    Bless us oh garden as we sit together,

    Bless the food we eat today,

    Bless us oh garden, Amy.

    Her big sister tries to teach her the correct prayer but as per usual, there is no convincing her otherwise.

    I think the Priest may have a struggle with this one at First Communion time!!

    Wot So Funee?

     

  3. Little Fun Fest - We have been chosen!

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    You may or may not have noticed that we have a shiny spangly new badge on the Lilypad and we are thrilled to say that we are a "Little Fun Fest Blogger Extraordinaire". *sounds fanfare*

    littlefunfest bloggers

    What is that baffled face? Do you mean you have no idea what I am talking about?

    I have to admit that I had not heard about Little Fun Fest until after the event last year but I knew that it was something we would want to get involved in. It is basically a festival for the under 10's (and having never actually been to a festival myself, I thought it was a great way to start by taking the whole family) , based around having fun. What is not to love?

    The website says that Little Fun Fest aims to provide funsters with their very own festival experience. Funsters can lose themselves in music, magic, rides, stories and dance. They can enjoy being a child and use their imaginations and energy in beautiful surroundings with other funsters. We want grown ups to join in the fun too, but we also want them to be able to sit back and watch their funsters enjoy a memorable day and take home a permanent smile.

    little fun fest

    It sounds like there is something for everyone, which is good especially when you have a big age gap between children but whenever I think about festivals, I am always thinking that I can't wear my heels, so I think I am finally going to have to admit defeat and purchase some wellies ..... just to make sure I look the part of course!

    So if you fancy joining us on our Little Fun Fest adventure, tickets for Little Fun Fest can be booked here

    All entertainments and rides are included in the entrance fee.

    Disclaimer : We have been awarded tickets for our family to go to Little Fun Fest but all opinions are our own, so we will let you know how we get on!

  4. The Family Rules

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    The Family Rules, do your family have them? I don't mean those gorgeous wall prints that you can buy that have a fabulous list of things to live by but I mean the actual ones that work in your family? You "may" have heard recently that there was a marriage proposal on the Lilypad and the "rules" are for marriage as well as for children, so here is what works in our house.

    Treat each other with respect. No hurting anyone’s feelings (no yelling, putdowns, or name calling). No hurting anyone’s body (no hitting, pushing, or kicking). Ask permission to borrow things, don't just take them. The Man on the Pad always believes that I should be treated with the same respect as he gave me on our first date, which thankfully means no head holding under the duvet covers! (I shall not say anymore)

    Put yourself in my place. This is a particular favourite of the Man on the Pad, whereby he stands by the ethos that if he thinks I would not like what he is doing, he doesn't do it. (I love this one) We encourage this with the children too.

    Pick up after yourself - this is a work in progress.

    Be generous. Not always with money but with your energy, time and consideration. (although I am never going to turn down a cartier watch)

    Apologise and admit when you are wrong. Its not the easy choice but we all have to take responsibility for our behavior by creating a rule about how to respond if they’ve hurt someone. 

    Forgive. There is alot to be said for letting go. A grudge only continues to hurt you.

    Tell the truth. Children can’t tell the difference between “white lies” and other lies so if you’re going to stress the importance of honesty, you’ll need to show them that you’re honest too. (Not sure where the land lies about Father Christmas on this one though)

    Be silly once in a while. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Laugh. Alot. They say that Laughter is the best medicine and laughter lines are way better than frown ones!

    Be there. Give your family not only your time, but your attention. Work and life can get in the way but take time to be there completely when you are with them.  

    With your children and your partner. Love the good things, see the best bits and FALL IN LOVE OVER and OVER and OVER again.

     The Rule Book

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