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William Morris once said to “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” We think this is the perfect motto to inspire Christmas shopping this year and we have taken this as a starting point to put together the Family Seat Christmas Gift Guide for 2019.

After all, if we don’t gain pleasure from the beauty of an item or find it useful in our day-to-day lives, it is simply taking up space for no reason.

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If you’ve come to our blog, you’re probably thinking about the fundamentals of potty training your child and the how, when and what of this toddler milestone. Well, you’ve come to the right place! Our team at Family Seat are committed not only to providing the highest quality potty training products to support your toddler in achieving success in this milestone, but also helping both parent and child to understand the process for best results.

Forewarned is forearmed which is why we offer a product range that slots seamlessly into your current bathroom structure to set things up on the right track from the very beginning.

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We talk a lot on the blog about how to recognise the signs that show your toddler is ready to potty train and making sure that you strike the right balance between encouraging your child and not being too pushy. There’s also a lot of information about potty training accidents because we all have to deal with them at some point! But today we’d like to take a closer look at the equipment you should invest in and talk about the importance of preparation.

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The new school year is upon us and for those parents of reception-age children, this new milestone is often daunting and exciting in equal measure. This is such an exciting time in your child’s life as their growing independence and development begin to be challenged in whole new ways. With every day soon to be spent surrounded by their peers, this is a time of great transition which brings with it a whole suite of feelings and inevitably concerns about separation anxiety on the part of the parent, child or both.

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If you have a child approaching, or already of, potty training age, chances are you’ve read many articles about recognising the signs of readiness. These are certainly excellent reference points to help you understand what to look out for, when to encourage your child and when to step back but there is one downside.

With such a wealth of information and advice, it can sometimes be difficult not to get overwhelmed by it all. Many parents can get quite fixated on doing exactly what the experts say and risk putting undue pressure on the situation. Even though there is no specific “right time” for when a child is ready, as every individual is different, it can also be hard not to worry if your child has reached the “right” age and not yet shown the signs of potty training readiness. To help with this, Family Seat have produced a concise guide including formulating a plan.

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Even in 2019, parents – and mums especially - struggle with a certain level of prejudice. Whether you choose to be a stay at home parent or a working mum, there is a whole lot of judgement about what should be a personal parenting decision.

A chart posted on Facebook late last year showed what the Metro called a “dubiously idyllic” view of parenthood for stay at home mums where dinner is always made from scratch and is “nutritious and delicious”.

In contrast, working mums are depicted as those who cook microwaved dinners for their families all week then spend the weekends cleaning the house and shopping.

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