Raising A Strong, Confident Daughter

You would think, I suppose, from the title that I have it all figured out. Truth is P is not yet 6, and I am ‘Just-another-parent-trying-my-best’. (I did try to create an acronym for this, any ideas gratefully received).

This post is mostly about mother-daughter relationships, and although most of what I write will apply with both sexes of parents and girls of all ages I am concentrating on the mother-daughter aspect as this post is, of course, written from a personal  perspective about our relationship and mothers, as girls first and foremost role-models, greatly affect the type of women they will become in the future.

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Our Summer Lego Challenge

So I had this idea that during the summer holiday we would try to use up every Lego piece – it sounds easy, at the end of the day we were not trying to create anything in particular – just use them all up. However it was not as straightforward as I expected. We just happened to pick up a copy of the Lego Play Book in a charity shop on holiday, which was the original inspiration for the project. At first glance many of the ideas in the book looked unfeasible due to our limited stock, but it became a great source of inspiration and we came up with some really resourceful takes on their original designs.

Overall our individual models started to fit together to from a sort of town scene. I photographed the progress but models constantly evolved, particularly when we needed ‘that brick’ which necessitated taking another building completely apart (several times).

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Wedding Scene

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We spotted the fairy tale carriage in the Lego Ideas book, and built our own fit for a princess bride, complete with wedding altar and a rather splendid 3 tier cake.

Here comes the bride

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A handy place to store spare body parts.


This scene was inspired by the story Teeny Tiny and the Soup Bone

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“This teeny-tiny bone will make me some teeny-tiny soup for my teeny-tiny supper.”

Hogwarts Castle


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A Back to school trim for Harry, Hermione and Ron


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Holiday Cottage

with patio, sliding door, radio and bookcase


Ice Cream Stall

with Slushie machines, freezer and signpost (left)

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Beach scenes

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We had great fun creating stories and scenarios around the individual models we built. Here the shark, lifeguard station, beach hut and fishing boat are joined by other vehicles and characters in a rescue operation.

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A Fantastical Dr Seuss style building

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Spidermans hide-out

with get-away vehicle

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Things on wheels

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A selection of vehicles, including a bin lorry, which led us to create a recycling center and wheelie bin. Handy for those odd leftover pieces at the end of our project.

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We had a lot of fun with this project and I’m sure we will repeat it some time in the future.

If you like this post please pin it to your Lego Ideas Pinboard.

As part of my 30 day blogging challenge I have been encouraged to try out Canva photo editing, hence the titled and tinted photos. It’s been a lot of fun and a handy way to individualise my blog photos.

Breastfeeding is Normal

Breastfeeding is  – quite literally – a subject close to my heart! It just makes sense to me and even before I wanted children I had strong opinions on it. As a student nurse I gave a health promotion talk about breastfeeding improving survival rates in neonates to fellow students.

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Emma Bond with Carene, who was born 12 weeks early 2lbs 2oz.

My passion was evident, and several students asked if I was training as children’s nurse, (I wasn’t) but my motivation, even then, was in planting seeds, helping to create a culture where breastfeeding is the norm, and to discuss how essential it is for babies to thrive, and yes, survive. Continue reading

Playing in Nature Heals the Earth

It was one of those days when I just seemed to have lost my connection with myself. I was irritable and felt I was doing everything with a sense of duty. That kind of attitude makes life a whole lot harder work than it needs to be, and for other people it makes me harder work than necessary. It also has knock on effects in every area. I had work in a few hours and I just wasn’t looking forward to it, my daughters requests seemed like the most unreasonable demands ever and there was ‘stuff’ I suddenly realised I should have done yesterday. Continue reading

Bunny slippers: A Childs Loss and Grief


I am currently reading ‘When Children Grieve’ to assist me in helping my young daughter come to terms with the loss of our dog, whom she still misses after nearly two years.

I am about a third of the way through and just finished the chapter entitled ‘Looking at Myth 6: Time Heals All Wounds’ when P comes into the room and asks ‘Where are my bunny slippers?’

An image of a pair of too-small, fluffy pink slipper-boots, last seen six months ago on their way to the charity shop flits across my mind, and I hesitate. Continue reading