Toy Story 4 Will Be About Woody In Love!

by Lisa Hayes in Misc on 15 August, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Toy Story 4 Will Be About Woody In Love!

Disney Pixar's Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter has confirmed that he will be directing Toy Story 4, and has revealed that the film will do something they have never done with Toy Story before.

Toy Story 4 will be a love story between everyone's favourite cowboy Woody and one of the other toys from the playroom. But who will it be?

Speculation has been rife over the past few months among the most dedicated of Pixar fans. Will it be Jessie? On the surface a perfect match, she was made for him, literally... but what's going on with her and Buzz? Do we want a love triangle movie with lots of angst and tension between best friends Buzz and Woody over a female?

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Report Calls For Smoking Ban In Public Outdoor Spaces - Including Outside School Gates

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 14 August, 2015 at 8:19 pm

Report Calls For Smoking Ban In Public Outdoor Spaces - Including Outside School Gates

If you've ever been bothered by someone else's cigarette smoke whilst enjoying a drink in your local pub's beer garden, it probably won't surprise you to learn that there's a call for the public smoking ban to be extended to public places, including beer gardens, outdoor dining areas of restaurants and - get this - school gates.

The BBC reports:

The Royal Society for Public Health said smoking should be seen as "abnormal" and more controls are needed to cover areas where people gather. Its report said people needing a fix of nicotine should use e-cigarettes.

But critics say the idea is nor workable and that it could end up putting pubs out of business altogether.

A spokesperson for the Society said that allowing children to see adults smoking in public places such as outside school gates "risks teaching them that smoking is a normal and safe habit" and that banning smoking in public places frequented y childrem could help "denormalise" smoking, reducing the likelihood of children becoming smokers in later life.

I know I won't be popular among the smokers, including those struggling to give up, but I'm all for this ban. I do my best to avoid judging other parents since I'm a firm believer in the fact that most of us are doing our best as mums and dads, but it always surprises me to see parents and carers smoking at the school gates, or indeed anywhere near their kids.

I appreciate that smoking is a highly addictive habit and that it's easy for me to condemn it when I'm not the one struggling to quit, but I reckon banning smoking from public places could be the impetus that helps persuade others to give up the cigs.

What's your view? Would you like to see smoking banned from public places such as outside school gates? Com and tell us over on our Facebook page.

Prince George 'Harassed' By Paparazzi Photographers

by Lisa Hayes in Misc on 14 August, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Prince George 'Harassed' By Paparazzi Photographers

In the headlines today is a letter issued by Kensington Palace about "paparazzi harassment" of Prince George in recent months. It has been sent out to leaders of media industry bodies and press standards organisations around the world. It seems that the foreign press in particular have been going to extreme lengths to get photos of Prince George, and that the tactics being used are getting dangerous.

When you read the descriptions of what the paparazzi have been doing to try and get their pictures it makes for truly shocking reading. They have been using other children to try and coax Prince George into view, hiding in bushes and in sand dunes, concealing themselves on private property at the family home, and even concealing themselves inside a car at a children's play area.

 A photographer rented a car and parked in a discreet location outside a children's play area.  Already concealed by darkened windows, he took the added step of hanging sheets inside the vehicle and created a hide stocked with food and drinks to get him through a full day of surveillance, waiting in hope to capture images of Prince George. Police discovered him lying down in the boot of the vehicle attempting to shoot photos with a long lens through a small gap in his hide.

No matter what your view of the Royal Family as a whole, or as an institution, there can be few of us who would consider such an intrusion into the daily life of a two year old child as acceptable.

All the British press have refused to print any unauthorised pictures of Prince George, and as a result the Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge have expressed their gratitude by releasing regular authorised photographs.

The full letter from Kensington Palace has been published on their website here, and they have done so to raise awareness of the issue with the public.

So what do you make of this statement today from the palace and the tactics of the photographers?

Check Out The Cute New Arrival At Brighton Sea Life Centre

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 14 August, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Check Out The Cute New Arrival At Brighton Sea Life Centre

If you're anywhere near Brighton you're totally going to want to check this out. There's a new arrival at Brighton Sea Life Centre, and it's a little ray of hope for one of Britain’s rarest sea creatures.

Undulate rays, once abundant in the English Channel, have become so scarce that commercial fishing of them was banned in 2009.

Three years ago the Sea Life Centres launched a breeding programme and the mother of this cute youngster, who was also born at Brighton, was its first recruit.

Moved to Weymouth, she was later paired up with a healthy male from Blackpool chosen with the help of a genetic mapping project carried out by the University of Manchester.

She has now produced around a dozen fertile eggs, even though - at just five years old - she is three years younger than the species is thought to mature in the wild.

Two of those eggs were sent back to the Sea Life Centre in Brighton, where staff discovered this bonny baby newly hatched in a behind-the-scenes nursery tank.

All together now: Aw!

A spokesperson for Brighton Sea Life Centre said:

“This little nipper is the first second-generation captive-born undulate baby for the breeding programme, and a significant success story. The project now involves around 90 adult undulate rays at aquariums across Europe. All are being micro-chipped and having their genes mapped so that unrelated pairs can be matched up to maximise the chances of healthy offspring.”

Right then, that's this weekend's family day out sorted!

Just don't forget to read our post on How To Survive A Family Day Trip before you go...

Freebie! Open Heritage And Doors Open Days In September

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 14 August, 2015 at 11:34 am

Freebie! Open Heritage And Doors Open Days In September

If you like a bit of culture, open spaces and old buildings then you'll definitely want to take advantage of the Open Heritage or Open Doors Days taking place around the UK from the 10th - 13th September 2015.

There are properties across the UK but they're called Open Heritage in England and Doors Open Days in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Across the country there will be free events at locations from castles and gardens to farms and museums. For most of them you can just turn up, but for others you may have to book in advance, so make sure you check to see what's close to you, what's on there, and whether you have to do anything in advance before going.

Otherwise, just go and enjoy  good family day out and be a tourist in your own town!

Sainsbury's Launches Online Tu Clothing Store Today

by Lisa Hayes in Misc on 13 August, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Sainsbury's Launches Online Tu Clothing Store Today

This is great news for fans of Tu Clothing, and we know that there are lots of you out there. Although selected customers were able to trial an online ordering system for Tu Clothing at Sainsbury's before, today the new website has launched for everyone. For the first time we can all order Tu Clothing online!

If our sources are correct the launch of this website is just in time for another of the fabulous 25% off Tu Clothing events, which we have been told should be happening on 18th August. Fingers crossed that this is right as I'm dying to be able to join in the bargain hunting there, as my nearest Sainsbury's isn't exactly local to me.

The website looks easy to navigate, with everything where you would expect it, making it super easy for those of us who do a lot of online shopping to dip into this new site.

As for delivery, their options are not yet as flexible as their established competitors Asda and Tesco, as they only offer free click and collect for orders over £15.  Apart from that everything looks to be pretty standard with home delivery charges starting at £3.95.

Fingers crossed for that 25% off event coming on 18th! Happy Shopping. :)

The Changing Bag That's Also A Nursing Pillow And Carry Support

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 13 August, 2015 at 12:16 pm

The Changing Bag That's Also A Nursing Pillow And Carry Support

Have you heard about the new Cub changing bag?

Billed as the first baby changing bag, feeding pillow and carry support in one, the Cub Bag was designed and developed by a mum who never found a baby changing bag she really liked. Following a trip around South America, she created the Cub bag based on the traditional, multi-functional, baby carriers she saw in Peru.

The result of two years' design and development, the Cub Bag is made in the UK and available in a limited edition range of high-quality faux suede and linen fabrics.

And get this - it doubles as a baby feeding pillow when you're out and about and even encourages improved posture and the correct feeding position for parent and child.

And when your little one's not so little, the Cub Bag can be used as a carry support worn across the body and used to take some of the weight of your toddler off the hip - apparently a common cause of poor posture and back problems in mums.

It's not cheap at £120 but if you factor in that it'll technically save you the cost of a nursing support pillow AND spare you back-ache, it might make a pretty decent investment.

I love the idea of this, although I'd have to cut down on the number of books I usually cart around with me cos I don't reckon they'd make the comfiest of fillings when this bag is in use as a nursing pillow.

But what do you think about this? If your budget could stretch to it, would you fancy one?

Do You Want To See A Shooting Star?

by Lisa Hayes in Misc on 12 August, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Do You Want To See A Shooting Star?

My eldest son is mad about anything and everything to do with space, so tonight I have the task of watching out for the Perseid meteor shower and I have promised to wake him up if it's clear enough to see.

The Perseid meteor shower is a week long event that is at it's peak tonight and with the clear skies much of the UK has it is ideal for catching a glimpse of them.

This event is set to be one of the best for years as tonight's new moon means that the skies will not be brightened by the moon, so darker skies will mean that you will be able to see the meteors much more easily in the darker sky. Although this event is an annual one it hasn't coincided with a new moon for seven years, so with the clear skies as well this should be a spectacular show.

If you want to know lots of information on exactly what you are looking at then one of the best places to look is the European Space Agency Kids website, as it explains it really clearly but without too much technobabble for the younger ones. It also gives you plenty of tips on where to watch out for them in the night sky. If you aren't sure where to start then a free app like Google Sky Map* or something similar will show you where to look. Search for the constellation Perseus and that's where the meteors will come from.

What you do need to know if you are just looking out for a 'shooting star' with your children, or for yourself, is that the best chance is from around 11pm in parts of Northern England and Southern Scotland. (Yay! That's me!) You don't need any special equipment, no telescopes or binoculars, as you will be able to see them with the naked eye.

If you keep a look out tonight at around 10.30pm you might also be able to spot the International Space Station zooming across the night sky too! Good luck stargazers!

RECALL: Asda Hulk Dress Up Costume

by Lisa Hayes in Misc on 12 August, 2015 at 5:35 pm

RECALL: Asda Hulk Dress Up Costume

Asda have issued a recall on The Hulk Dressing Up Costume as there is a safety issue due to a potential choking hazard. The costume is no longer listed in the Asda George website, but it was selling at £12.50 in store and online. You can find all the details of the recall on the Trading Standards Institute Website, and here is what it says:

What’s happened:

As a precaution we are recalling the Boy’s Hulk Dress Up Costume. We have become aware of a potential choking hazard presented on the stopper of the inflatable muscles on a limited number of products.

What you should do:

If you have purchased the Boy’s Hulk Dress Up Costume, take it back to your local Asda or contact for a full refund. No receipt necessary. To help identify the product that needs to be recalled there is an attached sewing label with a spec code number which will read 323-3231-1030-500

We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused and will ensure this doesn’t happen again. If you would like any further information please contact:

Asda Customer Relations – 0800 952 0101

Kids To Star In Gogglebox Christmas Special

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 12 August, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Kids To Star In Gogglebox Christmas Special

I seem to be literally the only person I know who isn't a fan of Channel 4's Gogglebox, but I've just discovered an awesome reason to tune into the upcoming Christmas special.

The Metro reports:

A load of pint-sized TV critics will be booting the the Gogglebox regulars off their sofas and taking up the mantle of giving their thoughts on the year’s TV.

Channel 4 is replacing the familiar faces with opinionated children aged up to 13 for a one-off Christmas special. This is going to be incredible.

I'll say. Can you even imagine the cuteness of watching a bunch of kids airing their views about their favourite telly shows? Pure genius.

The paper reports that producers put out a casting call for kids to take part, sharing their views on the best telly of 2015, including the Great British Bake Off.

That just about cracked me up because my lads love to watch Bake Off with me, but I spend most of the time telling them to shush and asking them to keep their running commentary down to a dull roar so that I can actually hear what's going on.

This also reminds of the old '90's TV show, Small Talk, where Ronnie Corbett posed a load of questions to a bunch of kids and their answers were frequently hilarious.

One thing strikes me, though. Given the popularity of Gogglebox and the extent to which the 'stars' of the show have become household names and semi-celebs, I don't think I'd fancy letting my kid take part. Would you? And will you be tuning in?

Breastfeeding Your Friend's Child... Would You?

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 11 August, 2015 at 7:33 pm

Breastfeeding Your Friend's Child... Would You?

Ok, brace yourselves. Here comes another breastfeeding drama.

To mark National Breastfeeding Week in the USA, one blogging mum shared the picture above on her Facebook page, Mama Bean Unconditional Attachment, along with this caption:

"My son on the right is 16 months and my friend's son is 18 months. I watch her son while she works and have been feeding them both for a year! So much love between these milk siblings, it's a special bond between us all."

Milk siblings? Predictably, the internet lost its mind and this picture became the source of much hysteria.

The Daily Mail reports:

A woman has sparked a controversy after posting a picture on social media showing her breastfeeding a friend's toddler son - but the boy's mother says she has nothing but gratitude for the wet-nurse.

Jessica Anne Colletti, from Pennsylvania, shared the photo - which shows her feeding both her own 16-month-old son, Lucian, and her friend Charlie Interrante's 18-month-old son, Mateo - on a pro-breastfeeding page.

The picture of Mrs Colletti, 26, and the two boys, who she dubs 'milk siblings', has divided users on Facebook.

The original blogger then responded to the fuss by writing this?

Jessica, the mom in the picture, told me: "Breastfeeding my friend's son came naturally to me.  I started babysitting him when he was 5 months old and the first time she dropped him off to me I asked permission to nurse him, since I was already nursing my 3 month old.  She responded with an enthusiastic yes, because he was having issues with the formula his previous sitter had been giving him.  My friend struggled with breastfeeding in the beginning and succeeded for 9 months.  She was always very happy that her son had the nutrition and comfort he needed while she was working.  Being able to breastfeed her little boy has created a special bond between us all, a bond I will always cherish."

Now we know that you're as tired of breastfeeding drama as we are. We know most right-thinking mums do their best for their babies when it comes to methods of feeding, and that most of us just want to be left alone to do what we've decided to do without fuss or frenzy from strangers or the media.

So let's cut through all the drama and have an honest, enlightening conversation, rather than a mud-slinging debate. If you struggled to breastfeed, would you have welcomed the opportunity to try a wet-nurse? And if feeding went well for you, was sharing your milk, either like this or by donating to a milk bank something you considered?

We'd love to hear your thoughts over on our Facebook page. Just, please, let's not criticize other parents for doing what they believe is the right thing for their child.

Image credit: Facebook/Mama Bean

NEW Imperial Leather 'Sweets' Range 79p @ Tesco & Asda

by Lisa Hayes in Misc on 10 August, 2015 at 5:36 pm

NEW Imperial Leather 'Sweets' Range 79p @ Tesco & Asda

I have my hubby to thank for spotting these as he's making himself useful by doing the online shopping while nursing a broken ankle. He's my new researcher and if he keeps finding things like these I'll be chuffed to bits!

Imperial Leather have just launched a brand new 'Sweets' range of shower products based on pick & mix sweeties! Even better is that they are on special offer at just 79p per 200ml bottle at both Tesco and Asda rather then what will be the regular price of £1.80.

There are three delicious sounding fragrances at the moment - Sherbet Lemon, Fruit Salad and Marshmallow! I'm a sucker for foodie fragrances and there's one in my online shopping basket now (Fruit Salad I think he said) so I can let you know what it's like tomorrow. There's a Spearmint one as well, but I'm not too sure about that one myself.

Will you be trying them? And what other retro sweeties would you like added to the Imperial Leather Sweet range? (You never know, they might be listening!)

Pharmacies To Be Granted Access To Patient Medical Records: Should We Be Worried?

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 10 August, 2015 at 11:23 am

Pharmacies To Be Granted Access To Patient Medical Records: Should We Be Worried?

How would you feel if your local supermarket had access to your medical notes? That might not be far off, according to the news this morning.

The Telegraph reports:

High street pharmacies such as Boots, Tesco and Superdrug will be given access to NHS medical records, under a national scheme which privacy campaigners fear could expose patients to “hard sell” tactics.

Health officials have drawn up plans to send sensitive data from GP surgeries to pharmacies across the country, starting this autumn, without considering the views of patients.

The idea seems that the scheme could help reduce waiting times at GP clinics, easing pressure on doctors and making it possible to get medical treatment quickly and easily at your local supermarket.

But, understandably, critics say "major commercial chains" might "exploit the valuable data" and use it to put the hard sell on certain products and medicines.

How would you feel about supermarkets and pharmacies having access to your medical history, and being able to market products to you based on that information?

Campaigners also say the scheme has not been run past enough patients to gauge their feelings on it, with only 15 patients having been given the opportunity to comment on it.

Pharmacists will have to ask for permission to view the records, and can only do so during interactions with patients, such as when they submit a repeat prescription.

We'd love to hear what you think of this - come and share your views over on our Facebook page or leave a comment below to join in with the debate.

Harper Beckham Has A Dummy But She's Four Years Old. Do We Care?

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 10 August, 2015 at 11:07 am

Harper Beckham Has A Dummy But She's Four Years Old. Do We Care?

So Harper Beckham appears to use a dummy and she's four years old. Big deal.

It's almost a year since we wrote this piece - Why all the fuss over Harper Beckham - and I care even less about the debate now than I did then.

As I wrote at the time:

Certain tabloid newspapers seem to have lost their minds with incomprehension today over the startling discovery that Harper Beckham ‘still’ has a dummy. She’s three years old.

Frankly, I don’t understand why anyone (except perhaps David and Victoria) would care whether Harper has a dummy or not, but then the whole 'issue' of toddlers having dummies seems to be one of *those* topics that gets people - parents and non parents alike - all het up with opinionated fury.

And yes, my daughter still has a dummy too, and she's almost two years old. But according to so called health experts, the problem with Harper's dummy is that it might wreck her teeth or impact on her speech development.

The Daily Mail reports:

At four years old, Harper Beckham is well beyond the age that most health experts would advise giving a child a dummy.

Last night parenting experts said that David, 40, and Victoria Beckham, 41, risked stunting their daughter's speech and were putting her teeth at risk of damage by letting her continue to use one.

I get it, I do. And I have every intention of gently persuading my daughter to part with her dummy before she's four, but then I never expected her to still want one at almost two. But the tabloid hysteria over this drives me nuts. So the Beckhams aren't the quintessential perfect parents who do everything right and never take short cuts or make decisions based on what works for their kids rather than what the experts say? So what? Give them a break, I say.

I mean seriously, world. Do we not have more pressing things to worry about?

Come and share your thoughts over on our Facebook page, if you care...

Study Reveals 14% Of New Mums Only Breastfeed At Home

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 9 August, 2015 at 8:18 pm

Study Reveals 14% Of New Mums Only Breastfeed At Home

Stories about mums getting grief for breastfeeding in public seem to be everywhere these days, but now a new study has revealed that 8 out of 10 women say they have felt uncomfortable ot have refused to breastfeed their baby when out of the house.

The Mirror reports:

But research carried out by Slater and Gordon, a law firm who specialise in maternity discrimination, have unearthed some upsetting facts.

  • 63 per cent of mums felt uncomfortable breastfeeding in public
  • 14 per cent only fed their child in their own home.
  • One in five said they had been told to STOP breastfeeding in public.

The statistic that most surprised me here was that 14 per cent of the mums surveyed said they only fed their baby in their own home.

Now I know from previous posts and discussions here that many of our readers feel intensively uncomfortable breastfeeding in public, but I am still surprised that this figure is so high.

I just can't fathom only ever feeding my child at home, and can only assume that this mainly relates to first-time mums, because any mum of more than one child will surely agree that juggling feeds with your other child's schedule is a daily necessity. I literally couldn't have taken my older children to school if I hadn't been prepared to feed my youngest out of the house.

The same study also revealed data which suggests there is "a worrying correlation" between returning to the workplace and reducing or stopping breastfeeding altogether, but this stat surprised me less because surely many mums return to work when their baby is around 6 or 12 months, at a point when their little one would naturally start dropping feeds and prepare for weaning anyway.

The paper reports:

Paula Chan, an employment lawyer at the firm explains:“Women who choose to breastfeed their children are totally within their rights to do so in a public place.

"The law is less clear, however, in relation to women who wish to return to work whilst breastfeeding.

“Employers can’t prevent breastfeeding mothers returning to work but there is no legal requirement to provide facilities to enable mothers to express milk."

We'd love to hear about your thoughts on this, and particularly about your own experience of the impact of returning to work on breastfeeding. And if you're one of the 14% of mums who only breastfeed in your own home, we'd be really interested to hear about why that's the case and what, if anything, might help you to feel more comfortable about breastfeeding your baby in public.

Is This The Pram Of The Future?

by Lisa Hayes in Misc on 9 August, 2015 at 5:26 pm

Is This The Pram Of The Future?

It does look like a cross between Alien and Robocop, but this futuistic vehicle is actually a design for a baby's pram. It's called The Strollever and it's a design concept by Kim Hyeonseok on the Yanko Design website.

The Strollever may look like a baby stroller from Tron or Oblivion, but it’s just a humble little tot carriage designed to keep your earthling safe and sound.

The highlight of the Strollever is its gyroscope suspension system. No matter what terrain you travel on, your baby always remains safe and upright. Coupled with features like UV resistant glass, headlamps, storage, and hub-less wheels, this pram is like a Bentley for your little one!

The main theme seems to be safety, and that with the gyroscope at the centre the baby will remain level and unshaken - no bumps, tipping, no toppling over. It also has a UV sun shield and headlights to complete the spaceship effect.

At this stage this is very much a high level design and there are no plans to bring it to market, but perhaps a gyroscope suspension will be a feature of the prams and pushchairs of the future, who knows?

You can see all the features and design of The Strollever on the Yanko Design website here, and we would love to know what you think of it.

Picture credit Kim Hyeonseok /Yank Design.

Is This The Pram Of The Future?

Heads Up: 25% Off Tu Clothing @ Sainsbury's From 18th August

by Lisa Hayes in Misc on 8 August, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Heads Up: 25% Off Tu Clothing @ Sainsbury's From 18th August

It's that time again already! We have been given information that the next 25% off Tu Clothing at Sainsbury's is on it's way, just in time to stock up for school uniform and autumn clothing.

The date we have is the 18th August, so that's not long to wait. The promotion is usually the same every time - 25% off all Tu clothes, shoes and accessories.

If your local store has any clothes that are reduced to clear then the 25% will also work on those as well, so keep an eye out for those bargains.

Although the online shopping site for Tu Clothing has yet to be launched you can view the clothing range on the existing Tu Clothing at Sainbury's website*.

The date is in the PlayPennies diary now!

Parents Say Back To School Budget Is Forcing Them Into Debt

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 8 August, 2015 at 11:47 am

Parents Say Back To School Budget Is Forcing Them Into Debt

Have you bought all your back to school gear yet?

Hopefully you'll have availed of some great deals thanks to the Playpennies team keeping you in the loop on the best money-saving offers and bargains on school uniform.

But according to the BBC, more than 70% of parents in Northern Ireland say that the cost of school uniforms and other back to school essentials has put them under serious financial pressure.

Almost one fifth of the parents surveyed by the Irish League of Credit Unions' (ILCU) said the cost of school essentials had led them to cut the budget that they normally spend on food.

The BBC reports:

And one Belfast mother said she could not afford to take her children on a holiday due to the cost of uniforms.

The survey found that 74% of parents feel schools are not doing enough to support them in keeping costs down.

On average, primary school parents spent £96 on uniforms for each child, secondary school parents spent £180.

While it didn't surprise me to read that a quarter of parents said they would fall into debt in order to cover the costs of back to school season, it seems absurd to think of families having to sacrifice the family food budget in order to do so.

I know many parents who dread shopping for school shoes in particular at the start of the school term. Factor in having three, four or even more kids of school-going age, and the school shoe bill alone could bring me out in a cold sweat.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on how to handle the back to school costs. Do you have any top tips for tackling the school essentials shopping list without getting into debt or having to halve your food bill.

Mums Book Hair Stylists And Make-Up Artists To Look Glam For Post-Birth Pics

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 7 August, 2015 at 9:10 pm

Mums Book Hair Stylists And Make-Up Artists To Look Glam For Post-Birth Pics

I am entirely laying the blame for this at the door of the Duchess of Cambridge, but apparently it's becoming the norm for expectant mums to book hair stylists and make-up artists to join them in the delivery suite for those all-important post-delivery photos.

Gurgle reports:

Mums are being preened and pampered straight after delivery to look their best for mother and baby photos, taking full-time grooming to a whole new level.

Kate Middleton's post-baby blowout, not a hair out of place after giving birth to Princess Charlotte, is being cited as just one of the examples fuelling the need to look good after labour.

Urgh. Am I alone in finding this utterly bizarre? Call me a judgemental mum if you will (well, if you dare...) but the hours after your baby is born should be spent bonding with your baby, not preening for the camera. Or at least that's my view.

And in fact, despite the notable absence of a hair stylist or make-up artist in the delivery room after the births of my three children, I absolutely adore the photos that were taken in the hours after my babies were born. I look utterly wrecked but totally fulfilled and I'd totally hate to have those replaced with air-brushed, perfect pictures.

I cherish my post-birth snaps because they're raw and real. There's something so mesmerisingly beautiful about them that it actually saddens me to think of new mums missing out on that but lining up the stylists and make-up artists to 'perfect' their post-birth pics.

Nope, this is one new mum trend I'm just not buying into. But what's your view? Do you fancy having a hair stylist or make-up artist on hand to help make you look picture-perfect for the first snaps of you with your little one? We'd love to hear your views either in the comments or over on our Facebook page.

Experts Say Reasoning With A Child Is More Effective Than The Naughty Step

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 6 August, 2015 at 8:27 pm

Experts Say Reasoning With A Child Is More Effective Than The Naughty Step

We all have our own approaches to discipline, and what works for one parent when it comes to addressing challenging behaviour won't necessarily suit another.

But now it seems experts agree that reasoning with a child is the best way to get them to behave.

The Daily Mail reports:

Scientists asked 102 parents how they dealt wth 'toddler noncompliance' – naughtiness to you or I – on five occasions.

They found that reasoning was the most effective immediate response to mild misbehaviour such as whining or negotiating – when young children try and argue their way out of doing something.

Punishments such as the naughty step were least effective.

I don't know about you, but staying calm enough to reason with my kids when they're playing up can be quite the challenge. I now I resort to threats and yelling way too often.

But, interestingly, my youngest daughter is fast approaching the terrific twos (I refuse to ascribe to the whole terrible two-year-old thing...) and I find myself not wanting to use the naughty step or time out approach with her, even though I did with her older siblings.

What's that about? Is it third child syndrome, which means she's destined to get an easier ride than her big brothers? I'm not sure, but I'm all for reasoning with her and keeping the naughty step as a last resort.

Maybe I'm going soft in my old age, but the whole concept of the naughty step just seems harsh and needlessly authoritarian.

That said, I might be singing from a different song sheet in a few months' time if the two year old stage does turn out to be more terrible than terrific!

But what's your view on this? What approach do you take to disciplining your child, and do you agree that reasoning with a child is a more effective approach than issuing a time out or sending them to the naughty step? We'd love to hear your views over on our Facebook page.