Archive for July, 2010

Rainy day play

As the summer holiday looms its always good to have some rainy day options in hand. My kids love colouring pictures from the latest blockbuster film which I can generally find by “googling”! I came across this website recently that gives ideas for games, crafts, wordsearches as well as colouring , covering such topics as space and fairytales. Check it out at Nesquik imagination station. There are even videos to show us how to make the models!

If you are looking for crafts and things check out They have loads of beads, felt, stickers, Card and make your own stuff. There is even a section marked “Rainy days”!

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The Parenting Book

imageI cannot believe that I haven’t yet blogged on my most favourite parenting book of all time. Someone mentioned it to me last week and it reminded me how rem iss I have been!  "The Parenting Book" by Nicky and Sila Lee really is exceptional. After their success with The Marriage book, I knew it was going to be good but it really has exceeded my expectations. It is a compilation of the parenting course and Parenting teenagers course that they run at Holy Trinity Brompton. Proverbs 24 v 3 states "Through skillful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation]". (Amp). This book contains so much of the skilful and Godly wisdom that we all need to establish good foundations on which to build our family. The couple share very honestly about their struggles as well as their successes in bringing up 4 kids in a flat in London. I think that is what is so appealing as you can relate so much to their situation.

Although it looks quite a tome, you will find it is a book you will dip in and out of, as you go through different seasons with your kids. a sort of Parents reference book. I found the chapter on Sex and sexuality very helpful when we recently found ourselves needing to have “The Discussion” with our 7 year old! That deserves a whole blog entry of its own another time.

You can find more information, extracts and where to order it on their family life website

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Top 100 books

One thing I adored as a child, and still do is books. My childrenCIMG0085 are not quite as passionate as I was at their age but they do love bed time reading. I was therefore interested in Junior magazines top 100 book list, as voted for by the readers. The competitive side of me just had to go through and see how many were on my children’s book shelves! With the summer holidays looming it may just be time to dust off the library cards and seek out some of the recommended titles that we have not seen! Take a look yourself at junior magazine website.

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