Heading into London can be a wonderful break for you and the kids. After all, there is so much to do in the capital. London can also be the ideal destination for a romantic weekend away while the kids are with the Grandparents! We’ve put together an awesome guide to the best city in the world for couples and kids. Choose your own adventure!
With The Kids
There are so many awesome things for the kids to do and see in London. One of the most popular attractions continues to be the waxworks at Madame Tussaud’s. The models on show are regularly updated to feature the most current versions of the most popular celebrities. This means you are pretty much guaranteed to find characters your kids know and love. Just a few doors down are some great family restaurants. Many are themed. You might want to eat in the jungle, complete with lifesize models and sound effects. Or maybe one of the sports-themed restaurants is more your thing?
For a good view, try the London Eye. This all-weather ride lifts you up above the Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament. On a clear day, you can see pretty far. The famous BT Tower is visible and so is St. Paul’s Cathedral. And how often do you get to look down on the Westminster Palace? It’s not the cheapest attraction but its location is handy for art galleries and centres of culture along South Bank.
St. Paul’s Cathedral image at Flickr
Every mum starts to panic when it’s time to organise their kid’s birthday party. After all, you have to entertain a bunch of kids for a couple of hours. And it’s tricky to find activities that they will all love. And you need to keep within budget at the same time! You might be surprised to know the average birthday party can cost around £100! Therefore, you need to make sure it’s something that your kid will love for that price! Here are a few top ideas for your child’s birthday party that you need to see.
Take the kids swimming
If you have a swimming pool close by your home, you should think about organising the birthday party there. Swimming is a fun activity that the kids can all do at the same time. They will have so much fun splashing around in the pool for an hour or two. For larger parties, you might even want to hire the pool. You could even arrange for the centre to provide food and drinks for the kids after they have been in the pool. That way, it saves everyone coming back to your home after swimming! With swimming, it’s best to invite the parents along as you will struggle to keep an eye on all the children at once!
Since becoming a parent I have often thought about baby girl’s future. How can we create a Bright Future for our children? We have been set a challenge by Unilever called #brightFuture to discover little things as a family we can do to change the future for the better.
At the heart of the Unilever brightFuture initiative is the goal to unite communities and encourage small changes in everyday life that have a positive impact on the world.
Here are some of our little things we have changed to help make our world a better place and to shape a bright future:
- Turning the tap off when brushing teeth
- Re-using boxes and bottles/jars
- Composting fruit and veg peelings
- Turning the TV off and not leaving it on standby
- Remembering to turn off lights when leaving a room
- Meal Planning, so we don’t buy food to waste.
- Only use reusable bags
Now I know baby girl is only 8 months old so way too early for potty training. Although Holly Willoughby did potty train her one year old son so she claimed earlier this year. As a new mum I honestly don’t have the foggiest idea when to start potty training. But I’m sure my mother’s instinct will kick in and I will know when she’s ready!
I know many of you are mum’s and some of you are around the potty training stage I expect, so when I was asked if I would like to review and host a giveaway for the Victoria Chart Company, I thought it would be a great idea. I’m sure you can also pass on some tips to me for when my time comes around…hint hint!
It’s a good idea to get your children involved in managing the home while they’re still young. But this isn’t about making them do the housework as some kind of punishment. It can be made fun and interesting for them if you take the right kind of approach. In fact, there are some tasks around the home that always offer great ways to have family fun. So, get them started early, and show them that helping around the home doesn’t have to be a chore.
I never expected my maternity leave to go so fast.
Roll back 10 months
I’m getting up at 4:45, that’s not true. My husband is pulling me up out of bed at 8 months pregnant to go to work on my last day. That day has come. Normality as we know it is disappearing. The next time I walk through these doors at work I will be a mum.
So here I am sitting on my stairs struggling to tie up the laces on my safety boots. Just think Rach in 10 hours time you will be free of work for 10 whole months. Truthfully all I’m thinking about is getting through this day. Baby girl loves to lie on my sciatica nerve. Standing on your feet all day is no joke. Might have to find a place to hide in!
Rest up feet up!
That won’t happen as its a Saturday.