I absolutely loved making this how to make a child laugh video with Mr G for Netmums. it was filmed in one take. And they say never work with children, or animals.
If you haven’t subscribed yet, do check out and subscribe to the Netmums You Tube channel. What I love is that all the videos are short and snappy insights into parenting by real parents. There’s some lovely creative ideas for costumes, cookery and seeing the world from a child’s perspective.
Sometimes the tiniest thing epitomises EVERYTHING about the hugest event. This little snippet of film says everything about why, as a family, we went to, and loved Camp Bestival 2012. I bring you queueing (for a very short time) for the toilets!
The singing was from the funky little choir singalong in the Little Big Top on Friday.
I’m a finalist in the Britmums Brilliance in Blogging Awards in the vlogging catergory. Britmums asked us to vlog about what inspires us to blog or vlog. So I did. It got me really thinking about what vlogs are especially good for. What do you like about vlogs?
To see any of the vlogs within this vlog in full go here
I’m very excited to announce Part One of my promised November secrets. I have finally fulfilled my dream of becoming a Blue Peter presenter. Well, as good as. Britmums and Kodak asked me to be a Big App Ambassador. Which means I get to demonstrate printer wall art projects, on screen. Not a scrap of sticky back plastic in sight. But even better news, you get a chance to win great prizes, just for selecting one of your photos.
The Kodak Big App is a rather marvellous and highly addictive free, internet based app. Kirstie Allsopp was on telly the other night, refering to machine embroidery as the ‘crack cocaine of the craft world’. Well Kirstie, you haven’t tested the Big App. Here, have a bit of this, it will blow your mind, you’ll never look at your photos the same way again.
I really hope you are going to join me on the challenge. I may have bags of enthusiasm after my day with the photographer Jon Cruttenden but I reckon you probably have a much better eye, and therefore a much better chance of actually winning. There are some great prizes, a camera or printer, just for linking up a picture you would give the Kodak Big App treatment to. Competition entry details here. Check out the Britmums Big App site.
All you need is an image…
This is a sponsored post in association with Britmums and Kodak.
I’ve put my teacher hat on for this vlog. Britmums are talking about bullying.
I appreciate this could be misinterpreted, particularly by those experiencing bullying, therefore it comes with a heavy disclaimer. Bullying is an emotional and complex topic, and every situation is different. I am by no means suggesting that these are the sole reasons why children are bullied.
There are always incidents of bullying that have no logic, that become too engrained for tactics such as these to bear any fruit. Children can be incredibly cruel to each other for no particular reason.
These are observations, based on my classroom practice and the research studies of others, as to how children learn to ‘bullyproof’ themselves, and others.
I would be interested to know what you think. Have you had to bullyproof your child, or yourself? What worked and what didn’t?
Look out for more Britmums vlogs on this topic, in the Education section of the Videos area. I’m really interested to hear what parents have to say.
Three days in to the start of the life of a school running mum and I thought, instead of drowning myself in gin, I might pat myself on the back, both as a parent and a blogger, with a mini back to school carnival. (Indulgent yes, but hey I think it’s worth it)
Here’s me talking for Britmums about back to school jitters. And yes Miss L and I did have a school run dress rehearsal, although not in costume, that would have been too much effort.
And here’s where Netmums featured my post Good Luck Lady L, you will be FINE, they called it a poem and it kind of is, on starting school, or rather the long, laborious build up to it.
Finally don’t miss my Little Legacy on School Gate Fails this week, if you’ve seen any of my posts about my mum you’ll know she was an amazing lady. For one week only I reveal the truth about ‘good enough’ parenting: ’We were the last ones legging it to the door, bags, coats and packed lunches flying behind us, like something out of a Quentin Blake illustration.‘ Possibly my favourite simile ever that one too.
And here is the little lady L herself, with a big cheesy grin.
Hope back to school went really well for everyone.
BritMums have challenged me to vlog about Summer Holidays. Do I favour the bootcamp approach or am I more laid back? Miss L starts school in Sept, so organising that long summer break is something we have yet to experience. But when it comes to my husband and I organising summer holidays, let’s just say opposites attract…
So are you a judging type, planned, researched and settled ahead? Or are you a perceiving type, spontaneous, flexible and options open?
I’m an ENTJ, with a tendency to be logical and analytical, to theorise, to be direct, energetic, articulate and stimulating. Prone to emotional explosion, acting before reflecting and impatience with younger or less experienced people. Hmmm, that makes me sound great doesn’t it? I can’t recommend the test enough though, it helps you identify your natural preferences, so you can choose to go with or against them. And as the vlog kind of demonstrates, it helps you understand what makes other people tick.
I couldn’t possibly tell you how having children has changed my life, how much effort goes into juggling a 2 and a 4 year old, how much they can do in one little hour, how they make my head spin. But I can show you how it feels if you like?
This was filmed one afternoon when I was struggling, stressed out trying to finish my creative writing diploma and wondering what on earth I was thinking when I quit my job to be a stay at home mum.
There will be days like this. People tell you to make the most of it. They won’t be this young and wonderful and small forever. But you don’t care, because you’re knackered, you’re stressed about life beyond kids, you’re bored of squabbles, of them not listening, of piles of washing, of putting away the same bits of plastic, of cooking nursery food, of staring, frozen into the middle distance in case they think you’re daring to do something for yourself.
Repeat after me. Good enough parenting.
Editing it today I look back and see how much fun they were having, how much we did in that afternoon, and how much they learnt even if their mum wasn’t firing on all cylinders. I didn’t film the tears, the tantrums, the washing pile, I will next time.
Music credit: A night of dizzy spells by Eric Skiff (Resistor Anthems)
We have been asked to review The Littlest Pet Shop Hamster Playground. Okay I admit its the kind of toy that makes my heart sink a little. Lots of packaging, plastic, lots of fiddly bits, wierd anime style rodents that are scarier than the real life fluffy things (and I had the world’s most evil hamster as a child).
But my children loved this toy, they even shared it, it is designed with playing together in mind. I was impressed with the hamster ball doubling up as a container for all the tiny fiddly plastic bits which are a parent’s nightmare, the Hoover’s snack of choice and the four year old’s dream. I like the fact it helped them learn about pet care (and will hopefully distract them a little longer from wanting a real one).
Anyway actions speak louder than words, so here is our family review plus some out takes in which my lapse parenting and some other stuff is revealed:
It also went to the caravan with us, and was the perfect toy to occupy them in a small space.
Just to point out (from the mum who leaves sharp objects hanging around) that although my 2yo was involved in reviewing this, it is a 4 plus toy, due to small parts.
I have been challenged to video blog. I had a fabulous day out in London hosted by British Mummy Bloggers the week before last. I met lots of lovely bloggers and found out how American moms have harnessed the power of film. Now it’s our turn apparently. Yes British Mummy Bloggers are embracing vlogging. I think this is a really exciting development.
Or at least I did until I realised my laptop can’t take the pace, that mini tripods are at best precarious and that looking vaguely respectable on camera is a real art. Here after more effort than you would imagine from watching this, is my first vlog.
I had lots of fun doing it although I think that will come across even more in the next one, I was slightly zapped of energy after an hour in hair and make up (joke), the technical hurdles and the fourth take. Great relearning curve for me though and wow how the technology has moved on. If you want to get into vlogging, check out the vlogging group over at British Mummy Bloggers. Or do ask me, because in the words of that government recruitment campaign those who can teach, and all that.