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    5 ways to stay grounded in times of uncertainty with Anna Mathur

    April 8, 2020Advice, Information, Lifestyle, Parenting, Things To Do

    Hi there. I’m Anna Mathur, mum of three (ages 1, 3, 5), Psychotherapist and author of Mind over Mother – Every Mum’s guide to worry and anxiety in the first year.

    Well, hasn’t life changed so quickly? One week we’re getting our heads around social distancing, and the next it seems like a lot of the world has shut down altogether. I don’t know about you, but here, emotions are running high, and there is little …

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    How to celebrate your child’s birthday in lockdown 

    April 7, 2020Advice, Celebrate with us, Gift Inspiration, Parenting, Party, Things To Do

    We all want our children to have the most memorable birthdays and their party is always the highlight of their year, so what do you do when your little one’s birthday falls within a global pandemic and nationwide lockdown? Don’t worry, as gifting experts we have put together a few ways to ensure your kid has the best birthday ever! 

    Whether you feel like you’re missing out on the chance to celebrate that all important first …

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  • Make your own printable mask!

    April 7, 2020How to, Lifestyle, Parenting, Things To Do

    Congratulations to all of you reading, you’ve made it through to week 3 of national lockdown! If you’ve watched every episode of Paw Patrol and baked enough banana bread to feed a small army, we’re here to help. It’s not easy keeping your little ones entertained indoors, so let us bring the adventure of the outdoors into your living room. We have designed a range of super-cute masks to inspire you and your family to get …

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  • Keep up your kids’ routine during the quarantine

    April 6, 2020Advice, How to, Information, Lifestyle, Parenting, Real life, Things To Do

    Now that nurseries and schools have closed, you’ve got the kids to look after and most of us are working from home, ‘normal life’ can feel very far away. As hard as it may seem, developing and maintaining a routine for your family is more important than ever. Children thrive in a routine and guidance from UNICEF recommends that parents and children find the middle ground with a flexible but consistent daily routine to keep …

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    Milestone cards for parents during Lockdown

    April 3, 2020How to, Lifestyle, Parenting, Things To Do, Uncategorised

    Here at My 1st Years we are realistic about parenting and on a usual day it’s tough but on a day in lockdown it’s really tough! The strain is not only physical but it’s mental too and can often lead us to feeling a bit of a failure! That is why we have created these FREE parenting milestone cards to celebrate those smaller wins during the lockdown, because we know you are doing …

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    Getting creative in the garden with Pop Up and Play

    April 2, 2020How to, Lifestyle, Parenting, Things To Do, Uncategorised

    What a time for the weather to have got nicer?! The sun is shining and due to the global pandemic rather than heading to the play parks or on trips as a family to the coast we are spending the majority of our time keeping safe inside the home with our children. That is why we have collaborated with our friends at Pop up and Play Co.  to show you this fun activity to do with little ones. 

    We know …

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    10 alternative songs for children to wash their hands to

    April 1, 2020Lifestyle, Parenting, Real life, Things To Do

    Teaching toddlers about hygiene is hard enough but when you’re thrown into a global pandemic whereby the importance of hand washing becomes even greater it becomes an ever bigger strain. We recently shared our advice on how to teach toddlers the importance of hand washing at this time, but the feedback we have been getting is that there was still one thing on your mind… The Happy Birthday Song. Whether you’re sick of singing that …

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  • Resources to support parents during COVID-19

    March 31, 2020Advice, Information, Lifestyle, Parenting, Real life, Things To Do

    The schools are closed, you’re working from home and the whole family is suddenly piled into the same close quarters for the foreseeable future. If you’re feeling nervous about how you’re going to get through lockdown, we’ve put together some resources to ease some of the overwhelm. Whether you’re looking for easy activities to keep your little ones busy or some welcome distractions from all of this uncertainty, you’ll find plenty of inspiration below to …

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