Parenting Hacks with Arla Big Milk

As a busy working parent I love parenting hacks, those little tips and tricks from other people that make your life easier with kids. Handy little ‘secrets’ that other parents have that make them look like super parents. I like those tips, anything that make me look clever or more organised are big wins for me.

Arla Big Milk agrees, they love a good parenting hack or two, too. They’ve picked tips from parents and created these fun parenting hack videos that you will love.

I have a favourite little tip of my own that’s both fun and practical. Do you have children who constantly lose the chargers for their tablets? Or drop them down under desks etc and bang their heads when they go hunting for them? Well look no further, you can even make this a really cheap parenting hack if you have LEGO hiding around the place, we have hundreds of thousands of these little LEGO men so we were all set to create these great wire holders:

Parenting Hacks with Arla Big Milk

Wire too thick for the LEGO figures hand? Give them a little bulldog clip to hold and the wire clips in there neatly! You can stick them to your desk or cupboard with blu-tack making them easy to move when you want to put them somewhere else.

Like it? Want a few more?

This video is a simple way to stop children from getting stuck in the bathroom (or any room for that matter!)

Does your little one put their shoes on the wrong feet? This really simple trick will help them learn to put them on the right feet quickly and easily!

Need a fun paint activity but hate the mess? Try this super simple, mess free option next time your little one wants the paints out?

Do you have a parenting hack you swear by? Let me know below and why not help out other parents by sharing them over on the Arla Big Milk Facebook page?

This post is sponsored by Arla Big Milk.



Working Mothers Guilt

I got a new job. A good new job. The kind of job I’ve been hoping to get. The kind of job that is part of my career plan. The kind of job that gives us greater security for our family. The right job at the right time.

I’m really excited about it, I’m happy about it. It means a lot of change for our family. It means a lot more childcare. A lot less time with the kids Monday to Friday. It means I feel awful. I feel awful that I can’t pick them up from school any more. I feel awful that my daughter has been crying. I feel awful that she doesn’t want to go to childcare. I feel awful that it’s my fault

I feel like in some ways I’ve made a really bad decision. Should I have waited? Should I have looked for something with less hours, or less responsibility or less something?

Why do we do it to ourselves? Why do why beat ourselves up for making the right decision? Why can’t the right decision just be the right decision? Why do we have to worry and fret that the right decision is actually the wrong decision?

I don’t feel under pressure from anyone but myself. I feel like I should be able to do it all. Career. Family. Home. Life. I want to do it all. I should be able to do it all.

I want to believe that everything will work out. That I can find that elusive balance between my career and my family. They are my world. I’m doing this for them. I’m trying to make things better for us all. Not just now but in the long run. I want to raise strong, confident children who understand the value of hard work and determination. I want them to know that both parents can work and have careers and that in our house my career is just as important to me as Daddy’s is to him.

I want my children to know that I put them first. That at the end of the day when I pick them up they are my focus. They are my priority and they are my heart.

I want the guilt to go away so that I can remember what they will remember in the long run. They may remember all those hours in childcare but I need to make sure that they remember the time we spend together after childcare more.

I just want to find peace with the new set up. I want to forget my working mothers guilt.


Getting Kids Into Golf With Online Golf

Back in the summer we attended an event at Hilton Leeds City with Online Golf. The event was a chance for the kids to try their hands at golf and play some fun filled games.

My two both love crazy golf so I thought it would be fun for them to try something a bit more serious to see if they liked it and to get some advice on what you can do to encourage kids to try more.

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As both my children are little left handers I was interested to know more about specific clubs that might help them. I was interested to learn that 8 out of 10 left handed juniors actually play golf right handed. In order to assess whether or not your child should play right or left handed you should get them assessed by a golf coach who can see which hand they are naturally better suited to. Both my two were using a stance and style that made them appear to suit right handed golf better.

Kids Get Into Golf With Online Golf

They had a fantastic day trying out various golf games and came home with a cap and some balls and tees. They had a great day and were both more than a little bit enthusiastic about getting into golf. All we need now is a set of junior clubs so they can practice at home!