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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
What are your house rules?
I was comparing house rules with a friend the other day and I found it interesting how different our rules are, and how we prioritise different rules over others. Sometimes, as I discovered while chatting about it, we might even have rules that we enforce without really thinking about why -- perhaps they are rules we ...
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Teenagers and resisting fast fashion
One of my pet peeves is fast fashion -- buying heaps of cheap clothes on impulse only to discard them after a few wears. But, as my girls get older, I'm finding it more and more challenging to avoid the fast fashion pitfalls. Up 'til now, dressing my children was pretty simple. They are easygoing ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
After school activities: when is it too much?
After school activities can be great for keeping your kids active and entertained beyond the school day. They can encourage your children to hone skills they might not necessarily have the chance to practice in school, and it can be a wonderful opportunity for kids to make new friends outside of their classroom. However, having ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Cloth nappies | one mother's personal experience
After my post about environmentally friendly fem-care products, of course next up are nappies. Another rabbit hole! Amazing amounts of non-compostable waste is created by all of our lovely, sweet babies. Looking into eco-friendly disposable nappy brands, or even cloth nappies, is so relevant. One of our readers, Ilja Roomans, a mum of three here ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Periods and eco-friendly menstrual products
It might be a bit of a strange subject for me to talk about periods and eco friendly menstrual products at the moment, given the fact that I haven't menstruated for over 7 months now. However, I've recently been talking with friends about menstrual cups (there's the MoonCup, the OrganiCup and the DivaCup, for example), ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Do you let your kids walk to school?
Here in Paris not many families own a car, so driving our kids to our local school is not really an option, especially as the traffic is so very bad. We mostly walk, and kids start walking on their own to school from about 8 or 9. My eldest daughter Coco started at 8 as ...
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PARENTING
What chores do you give your kids?
Growing up, my siblings and I had loads of chores. Beyond the usual daily chores, my dad even assigned bigger project-based chores for us to do, especially in the summer time when we were home from school. He believed we should be kept busy working and helping around the house.  We were given chores like ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
'Read the Room' -- advice for kids
I have recently realised that a lot of my parenting philosophies can be synthesised down into a few short phrases or even words. The phrases have changed with the years (I don't seem to be screaming a simple "Stop!" that often anymore). Some phrases, I am sure, have been used since the dawn of time. ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
My thoughts on child birth
I was on the phone to Courtney the other night and we were laughing about how people can have such different attitudes towards child birth. There is a world of difference between the hippie town of Byron Bay and inner city Paris! Here is my theory: for me birth is a bit like a long-haul ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
One of my rules
One of the reasons I like writing posts for Babyccino is because it gives me a chance to stop and think and analyse my parenting philosophies. So often when I tell my kids to do something and they ask me why, my answer is the same as every parent since the dawn of time: because I ...
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Would you let your children watch your birth?
I have always loved the idea of a homebirth -- the thought of staying in the comfort and cosiness of my own space, of lighting candles and playing music, of never having to leave my family, of snacking on food from my cupboards, and of crawling back into my own bed once the baby has ...
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What to name our 5th baby?!?
I have four weeks until our baby is due… and we still haven’t made any firm decisions on names. I am sure we are overcomplicating things and being far too picky, however this being our fifth baby, it feels extra difficult to come up with names we love. Also, when you don’t know the gender, it ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Some thoughts about stretch marks and accepting our 'imperfections'
Pregnancy-related stretch marks are a genetic reality in my family. My mom, who birthed five babies, has them, as did her mother, and I knew the chances were good that I would get them too. When I was pregnant with my first baby I remember using all of the creams and oils on the market ...
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When to consider speech therapy and other types of educational support
About a year ago my youngest daughter, who was holding a book, turned to me and said, "Mommy, it is really interesting -- I can see this letter in my head, but I cannot manage to write it on a piece of paper". I was intrigued, and like a good French person, went straight to ...
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PARENTING
Baby gender, orgasmic births and other unsolicited pregnancy advice
I have always really enjoyed the social aspect of pregnancy. I love that a baby bump seems to break down barriers between people, making it easier for strangers to strike up conversation. Pregnancy provides an easy talking point, and one that many people can relate to and enjoy speaking about. Personally, I love talking about ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Do you find out your baby's gender?
Being pregnant, one of the first questions people tend to ask is ‘Do you know what you’re having?’ It’s such a natural conversation starter. I know it’s one of the first questions I tend to ask pregnant women I meet as well. The thing I’ve noticed lately is that more often than not, people tend ...
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Which foods do you avoid during pregnancy?
This past summer, whilst pregnant and travelling through different European countries, I noticed something intriguing regarding the ‘rules’ of which foods to avoid during pregnancy. It is completely different by country! We started in Italy, where we had been enjoying lots of seafood and shellfish, eating mussels at least twice a week. My approach during ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
What kind of music do you listen to with your children?
Growing up on a farm in a rural corner of the Pacific Northwest, we didn’t have cable TV. There wasn’t much to watch so the television was rarely turned on. The stereo, by contrast, was always on and music was a big part of my childhood. I still remember dancing with my mom in the ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Thursday Thoughts: Cooking and kids
This summer we have been cooking a lot. Nothing special or extravagant - but simple, good food that you don't need recipes for. I wanted my kids (now 10 and 8) to be able cook a full meal: starter, main and desert, without a recipe book. Here is my thinking:  We visit so many friends ...
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Two to Tandem: Breastfeeding two at the same time
  Being a mother means making tons of decisions, and leaves you with a lot of .... questions. Being a second-time mother somehow seems to double the amount of decisions needed, and sometimes double the number of questions you need to ask yourself about what you are doing. Is this best for the baby? The ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Do you talk about sex with your children?
The other day, Courtney and I were discussing the way parents talk about sex with their children. How difficult this subject sometimes seems to be, and how easy people shy away from discussing it. Why is it, that something so beautiful and special can be so controversial at the same time? I don't know if ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Scans, surprises, and science...
Ultrasound scans are a modern tool used to give us so much more information than previous generations of pregnant women had access to… but can scans give too much information away?! I have now had two pregnancies, and I always found the ultrasound scan to be both exciting and nerve racking. It is such an ...
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TEENAGERS
The big phone debate
Apologies for another post on the mobile phone debate. The thing is - it is at the forefront of our minds as our eldest kids are approaching the equally feared and anticipated teenage years. It is also triggered by a recent survey that found that in the UK the average age for giving a child ...
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