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A fear of public toilets is common among potty training toddlers but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. We’ve spoken to many parents who encounter this issue and faced it ourselves with our young children. This is an issue usually based on fear which is why our solutions work by both decreasing the fears and de-sensitising your child to unfamiliar sights and sounds.

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This week marks the 10th annual celebration of Real Bread Week, a delicious initiative that aims to encourage people to buy real bread from local bakeries as well as bake their own bread at home. By buying local, you are investing valuable support into your community and supporting independent business.

Among a host of events and activities organised to celebrate all things real bread, there is a focus on encouraging children to learn all about baking their own bread and the value of healthy food. As many kids will naturally dislike the taste of more processed foods, Real Bread Week provides a great opportunity to promote the virtues of healthy eating.

We are huge supporters of encouraging children to adopt healthy eating habits from the outset, and Real Bread Week got us to thinking about healthy eating on a wider scale. A healthy diet is important for young children to set their minds and bodies in the right direction from the word go.

Potty training is just one area that highlights what can happen when things go wrong with eating. Constipation is a common problem that many children struggle with during potty training but symptoms can be alleviated by making a few simple changes to diet and lifestyle. 

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Whenever it comes to mastering a milestone, every parent faces that struggle between being encouraging and pushing too hard. There is no hard and fast rule for such situations which will depend on multiple factors, including how long you have been trying to accomplish the milestone and how sensitive your child is.

While some children respond very well to encouragement, even when it is frequent, others will retreat and regress if they feel under pressure.

That being said, we are very well-versed in toilet training encouragement and are pleased to provide - with this post – some key guidelines for how to help your child during the process.

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We’ve all been there. You’ve worked for days, weeks or months with your toddler on their behaviour only for the grandparents, nursery staff or fellow parents to swoop in and undermine your authority by changing the rules. It can be extremely frustrating when all of your hard work goes down the drain because others don’t respect your parenting style.

While other people will likely have your child’s best intentions at heart, that doesn’t mean the outcome is going to be all rosy. There’s a big difference, though, between others operating a slightly different style of authority to your own and actually undermining your methods.

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With dark, cold days that seem to stretch on forever, the end of January cannot come quickly enough! The weeks following a new year are often the time when the pressure on parents and families reaches breaking point, with divorce and separation rates at a peak.

To avoid becoming a statistic, the key is to be realistic. Even though it can feel impossible to fit any me-time or self-care into your packed schedule, the theme of mindfulness is one that remains prevalent in parenting forums. And it’s no wonder.

This technique is one that helps you to stay present, gain a renewed sense of calm and an ability to deal with stress more easily. For parents of toddlers, this is certainly worth considering! But we’re not going to advise you to take an hour out of your day to meditate as that is just not realistic. Read on for our top mindfulness and self-care tips that are do-able for even the most stressed-out parent…

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As clichéd as it might sound, we believe that January is the ideal time to create new beginnings. We like to take our time choosing our resolutions instead of rushing into making a whole host of promises to ourselves on January 1st only to find our willpower fade within a few short days.

To all parents of toddlers, we would like to suggest making potty training your new year’s resolution. This is a realistic and positive goal to work towards throughout the first few months of the spring.

While many parents choose to wait until the summer months to train, we believe it's best to master this milestone at the start of the year. That’s assuming your child is ready – if you’re not sure how to recognise the signs of readiness, click here to check out our blog post on the topic.

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