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Is your child a genius?

Is Your Child A Genius? Have you heard about the Mozart effect? What is incredible about Mozart? Simply that he had created his first symphony at the age of five or six years old! How amazing is that? As parents, we look at our own child. We wonder what will they grow...

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Summer fun ideas to engage your baby or toddler

How do you engage your baby or toddler over the summer? Sometimes summer fun isn't quite as fun as we might like to think. I bet at times you have been been going stir crazy with your toddler asking "what are we doing today?". Or that possible "I'm bored" coming from...

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Quick tips looking after your child’s teeth

As a parent it is awful to watch your child go under an operation and watch them fall asleep. I had to go through that with my child to remove 6 teeth since she had too many. It feels terrible, having to leave someone else with your child whilst waiting outside...

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Runaway horse at Dimmingsdale toddler walk

Our Social Activities Involving a Runaway Horse Who doesn't love fun social activities? Earlier this year, our parent and toddler picnic had a sudden turn when out of nowhere a horse charged past us. He had no ride and was completely rogue; if it wasn't for our hero,...

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Paper plate activity with your toddler

Paper Plate Activity - Fun For All Paper plate activity: best of the best. Part of a fun activity which can keep your toddlers very busy over the holidays! Rather than having a boring time at home with nothing to do, maybe treat yourself to something creative with...

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Creative birds nest activity to do with your toddler

A fun paper plate activity With Your Toddler Spring has finally arrived in Uttoxeter and the baby and toddler classes are ready for creations. A toddler will do what a toddler does best, be adventurous and open minded whilst thinking lots of creative thoughts....

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Do you fall into that guilty parent trap?

I don't quite know when the guilty feeling started, but I think it might have been about 4 hours after my daughter was born. All I can remember is that I was a bit on the fence about breast feeding. I knew it was probably really good for her, but for me, well to be...

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Mum I am not deaf so there is no need to shout.

  Those of you that know me will sometimes see me walking with my big beautiful dog around the local parks in Uttoxeter or Ashbourne. This giant of a dog, who is highly trained also comes to some of my pre-school music groups and the toddlers (and parent's too)...

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Treasure Baskets keep your toddler engaged in learning!

 Treasure Baskets! These are the most amazing  things ever! Well that is certainly the thoughts of toddlers and those at pre-school. When a baby is born, they are hot wired to learn, wanting to discover the world around them, after all it is all totally new! Ok, let’s...

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Sick toddler in bed? How do you keep them amused?

  So as I quickly write this post, I am a mum with this situation on my hands, where my daughter is in bed, and has been there all weekend and feeling rather unwell. At least she still has her appetite, so is having some soup and bread, but head ache and pains is...

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When is the best age to begin playing instruments?

When should my child learn to play instruments?  I get asked this questions quite frequently by parents. My personal view would be to start as young as possible. That is if your child is showing an interest and is curious. So long as it is fun then why not indeed get...

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A great moment in class

Sometimes I see great moments in time when we are all enjoying the class, but one will stand out to be remembered. Yesterday it was so lovely to see the reaction to a mum when her child did a first off, which was to stand up, and then another first and started...

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Should You Praise Your Child?

When should you praise your child? Let's face us, as adults we like to be praised when we do things. It encourages us to do better next time. However, is that the case with a young child? If we praise them will it mean they will try harder? Or perhaps not try as hard...

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Phobias In Children

Phobias - The Word Fills Me With Dread Phobias. Even the word brings up memories, that scary feeling we all get even as adults.  Last night, there I was minding my own business and watching t.v. and just lazing across the couch when suddenly without even so much as an...

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Parents Feeling Overwhelmed? Here’s 6 Tips To Get Organised

Lets face it, parents have sleepless nights, when your baby or toddler keeps you awake, but also when you are thinking of the huge “to do” list ahead this holiday season or preparing your toddler's birthday, which can keep you awake even more. Here are a few tips for...

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Learning journals…

I have mentioned before about creating a learning journal. All too quickly time passes, and sometimes we then forget the little things, the moments, the joys, but by recording things - keeping it fun, keeping it personal, all too quickly you can look back and see...

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Second child getting pushed aside?

Look, I know you are busy, so I'll try to keep this short. I hear it sooo many times, "we do loads of stuff with our first one but then we just don't have the same time for the second child". Ok, let's be clear here - if you are a parent with a second, third, baby,...

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It’s time for fun for mum !!

Lunch at The Parks, Uttoxeter, 27th Feb (kids included) meet 12 -12.15ish £7.00 soup, pie pudding (or if on a budget whatever you want - just pudding perhaps) Ill need to book so please advise by 20th so I can arrange. Meal out in the evening to be arranged, so if you...

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Praise is music to your child

Don't under estimate how much very young children understand. They know a lot more than adults give them credit. Next time you find yourself saying something like "oh he's very shy" or "I don't think she will join in, she's behaving really bad today" please don't say...

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How busy are you?

Kate Codrington, owner of PAPA Pregnancy and Parenthood shares her thoughts with us I attended a wonderful ‘Being and Stillness’ yoga workshop last weekend lead by my friend and PAPA colleague Claire Murphy. The benefits have been with me all week. Autumn and winter...

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Daddy of the month of May and June

Our fabulous daddy of the month is the one and only Tim Laws. The reason I say fabulous is because this poor dad has been slaving over a hot computer in the wee small hours of many a night. He has and is busy trying to get my website out there for everyone to see....

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Daddy of the month – February 2012

I caught up with our wonderful daddy (well his girl's think so anyway) Chris Fox. He is the owner of O.W.L. which stands for Outdoor, Wisedom and Learning, a great place for children as young as three to go along and learn about the great outdoors. Take a peek at his...

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Mummy of The Month December 2011

What a beautiful Christmas presentThis December Mum of the Month features Zoie  from our Mayfield class. I think she deserves a medal this month because she managed to come to music after the journey she recently had with her little girl who came to music at 5 days...

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Trying to pass the time when your child is ill

Nothing is more boring than being a child who is ill unless it is being that bored child's mother or father. I'm taking this comment and article from the book "Your Growing Child" by Penelope Leach. I am a big fan of this lady after reading her book "Your Baby and...

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Mum of the month November 2011

Each month will feature a mum from music, and what better way to start it off than to feature Claire  and a huge big thanks to both herself and Tim her husband for all their painstaking effort in trying to help me finally get this website out to the world.  Tim owns...

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The Teddy Bear Christmas Party

Babies to 5 year olds Uttoxeter & Mayfield   This is a ticket only event as places are limited. So please book early to avoid disappointment.   9.30 am 11.00pm  Uttoxeter Monday 19th December St John Ambulance Hall Wednesday 14th DecemberSt John...

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