Encouraging honest parent-child dialogue: 5 questions to ask your children

I value the beauty of communication and dialogue with my children. The questions I’m about to suggest came to me completely randomly as I sat down with my sons for our daily ‘chit-chat’ – a mother-and-son moment we have every single evening, where we talk about their day and anything else that’s been on their mind: from “Mum, how are trains made?” to “Mum, I have this spot on my chin…” That evening, I decided to have a bit more of a structured approach to our chit-chat, and introduced a set of questions. I didn’t think they’d be so useful in making the conversation flow, and I’m surprised at how much the boys enjoyed answering them! N.B.: These questions are specifically aimed at pre-teen/teenagers. However, parents of younger children (and dads!) feel free to tailor as necessary.

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AD – Create a Christmas garden adventure! In partnership with Barbour x House of Fraser

One thing I absolutely love about this time of the year is using my imagination to transform our living space into the perfect festive setting. I usually do this indoors with our Christmas decorations, our tree and all the other festive touches that put us all in the mood for Christmas. This year however, I decided to do something different by creating a Christmas enchanted garden – an adventure that my children, especially my 2-year old daughter, would remember for a long time.

No matter the size of your garden, there are many different ways to encourage your children’s curiosity and sense of adventure. From creating a mini winter wonderland, to turning your outdoor space into a small campsite, you’ll find that a little bit of imagination can go a very long way. So get into the spirit and dress for the occasion – we are wearing Barbour’s gorgeous new Father Christmas collection, which is inspired by Raymond Brigg’s Father Christmas, available here.

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Dreamy DIY: Anthropologie-inspired flower cloud chandelier

I’ve been having a lot of fun lately re-creating my own versions of expensive high end pieces. I will be posting them over the coming weeks. Let’s start with this flower cloud chandelier I found on Anthropologie.com, a beautiful statement piece that I thought would be a great addition to my daughter’s bedroom. It’s such a dreamy look. I just had to create my own.

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My journey to becoming fearless and happier

I don’t really know how to start this post, but I just thought I’d share some observations I’ve made about myself lately. I am blooming. I am getting out of my comfort zone. I am taking bold steps. I am trying new things. I am asserting my worth. I am on a journey to becoming fearless and happier.

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The art of patience and gratitude – We finally got our DFS Euphoria sofa


If you follow me on social media  You will know that for the past few months my family and I have been living with an unwanted sofa. I know this sounds very ungrateful, seeing as that sofa was brand new, comfortable and perfectly functional. But it was the wrong choice, the wrong colour and the wrong material… and I make no apology for initially sulking and feeling completely cheated by DFS online.

 

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Lessons from an invisible enemy

I’ve been meaning to pen down my thoughts about the last couple of months but if I’m honest I haven’t found the words. It’s been a whirlwind of emotions and I’m still processing it all. Today is Sunday 3rd May 2020 and we’re about to enter another week of lockdown. As much as we’ve found a routine that works for my little family and haven’t really let the lockdown affect us negatively, there are atill certain things we have had to adapt to.

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Mango chutney pan fried salmon

I use mango chutney a lot in my cooking. But mango chutney on salmon is my absolute favourite combination. The flavours of the salmon and caramelized spring onion in the chutney are just too awesome not to share. So if you’re looking for a delicious meal idea with very few ingredients, this one is definitely one to try out!

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