Should young children have to stand for adults on public transport?

When we were in Bangkok last Christmas, one thing I noticed, when we used public transport, was that Thai people treat children differently on transport. We used the SkyTrain a lot, whilst we were there (it’s amazingly efficient, we loved it) and when we got into a carriage with the children, people used to immediately […]

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Pet responsibility. 

Having any pet, be it a few fish, or a dog that needs a lot of walking, or a cranky old cat that needs lots of tlc, is a big responsibility. When the children begged me to let them get a hamster, and we agreed to get one for Little Man’s birthday, I told them […]

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OvuSense helps you stay in control

Trying to conceive a baby doesn’t always happen as easily as the movies and books would make you believe. If you follow our blog you will know that we are hoping to add a third small human to our number, but that it isn’t an easy thing for us, due to some hormone issues I […]

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BabySteps – a clever pregnancy calendar (and giveaway)

So it’s not an unknown thing that we are looking to add to our number here at the Mad House of Cats & Babies. It has been a while since I started looking at baby things, and I am having fun looking at what is out there, for both mum and baby. Some things have […]

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A fruit treat snack perfect for toddlers….

You might not know, that in my “other” job,  I help to run toddler/parent groups, near where I live. At those groups, we like to serve a snack, during the playtime session, to all the children who have joined us. This is usually something like a rice cake, some fresh fruit, and a drink of […]

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Thinking about getting a dog?

As you will know if you read my blog on a regular basis, I am a cat person. My family only has cats and fish, no dogs. However, a friend of mine recently told me that her children had been pestering her for a dog. This got me thinking about what parents who are considering […]

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Listening to and loving stories with Puffin Audio books….

We love reading, and my children still love being read to, and we encourage them to enjoy reading by trying to read to them as often as we can, usually at bedtime. When I was a child, I used to love listening to stories on my cassette player or Walkman (yes, I am THAT old!) […]

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This week I am a bad parent because….

        Welcome to my weekly Bad Parent blog post. A place to get those moments we all have, off our chest. Feel free to share in the comments section, if you feel the same or just have your own bad parent moment to share. No judgment, just honesty and hopefully some humour, […]

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5 Things Never to say to an Adoptive Parent

I am not brave. I am not special. I am not unique. I am a mother. I am a mother who loves her children unconditionally. I am a mother who didn’t give birth to her children. I am a mother who can honestly say her children are beautiful, cute, gorgeous in fact insert any superlative […]

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Old fashioned books?

  Now that my eight and a half year old is really reading independently (disappearing into her room to read, sometimes for hours, I used to do the same) I am looking at books for her to enjoy that she can read alone.  I must admit that I struggle a bit with finding stuff she […]

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