Henry is now in year one


Henry is now in year one, and following on from my previous blog “My son completed his first year at school” I forgot to mention that at the end of last year he won the book prize in his class.

He won a book called “Six Dinner Sid” and won it because of the progress he had made through his first year.

The book Henry won in the school book prize

So far he has almost completed 3 weeks and 3 days since he began he new year at school. Since he began all the teachers have noticed since last year ended, from being away for school holidays, how much more progress he has made.

He is speaking non stop and saying more words and sentences as the days and weeks continue. His memory and recognition skills are excellent, and I think he won’t have my no sense of direction as he instantly remembers where he is and where to go.

Henry is very observant, he loves airplanes and spot one from a mile away and thinks all planes have a “White Engine”. No idea why but that is what he says as soon as he sees one. We have to stop and look before he will continue to walk.

He is beginning to listen to instructions and pick up on certain reactions, so when he misbehaves, as soon as we show no interest he will usually react by coming to you, to get your attention, so that’s when I will continue to give him instructions and is when I get his full attention.

So far he has been doing his homework. Occasionally he will try to refuse and say “No” however he knows the rule now, that if he doesn’t he can’t play until his homework is done, and I have now put a reward system in place to help encourage him. Seems to be working at the moment.

He will now do some drawing, before he wasn’t interested at all. He will recognise numbers and letters. We often use his wall charts, which I would totally recommend, on his walls in his bedroom to do some counting and have him find letters.

The wall charts I purchased from the The Book People.

They no longer have these ones, but they do have a new chart is a poster of Timestables (Please see link):


You can find those of wall charts for children on Amazon:


Or check out Google of places you can get wall charts from:


Henry bedroom wall charts

Henry has two new favourite songs. As a baby and toddler it was “Only You” by the Flying Pickets and Sia “Soon we’ll be found”.

Now it is Starship, “We built this city” and Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams”.

Music is really great for a child’s development, learning from experience, as it helps them to recognise sounds and words.

The one class I would recommend if you have a baby or a toddler is Monkey Music. I absolutely loved this class and helped me get to know some of the mums who’s children go to Henry’s school, and happen to be in the same year. This was before he had even begun school, but when he was a baby, then a toddler.

Monkey music logo

Henry’s favourite film at the moment is “Polar Express”, and his current TV programmes are Match of the Day, because he often wants to watch football, and I can’t always afford to pay for Sky Sports. He will often watch Thomas the Tank Engine, Peppa Pig, Spongebob or Peter Rabbit.

I allow him to watch a little Youtube. He tends to watch football and often gets us all, such as myself, my husband, my mum and the teachers at school to play the “Crossbar Challenge”. Otherwise it is My Talking Tom and music of the songs I have already mentioned above.

crossbar challenge

Henry has become quite fussy when it comes to food. He completely gone of most fruits and vegetables. He will only eat at the moment, raisins and sultanas.

He was at one point having a banana at school, which he would take with him, but stopped eating them.

Now he will eat potato but in the form of chips, croquettes, waffles, mashed or roasted. Won’t eat boiled spuds at all and doesn’t like crinkle chips.

Since starting year 1 he has received some more books at school, which I didn’t expect. They were given to him by one of the school teachers who looks after Henry, which was lovely, and loves the book called Dear Zoo.

The books Henry received at school

Soon it will be Henry’s 6th birthday which I will share too on this page, and without a shadow of a doubt he would have grown and progressed even more.

We are having a few challenges as mentioned such as fussy eating, we are still going through bed-wetting, which I did write a blog about on my other blog, which I share with this one The Parenting Adventures Tips and Tricks, about bedwetting, and behaviour problems too. Yesterday at school the teacher told me Henry was pinching and kicking again and he has become very stroppy and defiant at times. Check out my blog about Handling Bad Behaviour.

Since the Birth of My Son Henry, it hasn’t been easy and there are days and times like above where I feel like we are often taking  a few steps backward, but I still of course love my son to bits and will do all I can to help him develop and learn from his behaviour, by continuing to teach him about what is good and what is bad, but at the same time let him be able to express himself as much as possible, to help communicate even more.

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Carrie X

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My Son Completed his first year at school

My son Henry who is now 5 years old, has completed his first year at school, and what a year it has been.

Having regular interaction with other children and having speech therapy has really helped make a difference to his speech and development.

He only got a bit fearful on his second day, and got a bit upset when transitioning to the upper year (year 1), but apart from that he has loved it, and has gone into school with no fuss.

There has been own clothes days where I have forgotten and so he has ended up in school uniform, but joining the mums whatsapp group has really helped remind me.

He still needs to work on his development, in terms of communication, dressing himself and we are still in the process of getting to be toilet trained at night, but he has come along way since he first started school.

During the six weeks holiday we did our utmost best to prepare for year 1 and I will post how he is getting on soon.

Here is a blog I wrote on the website I share with this one called:


Where I have shared how I have prepared Henry for the year ahead and getting him back into a school routine.

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Carrie X

My sons fifth Christmas

This year will be my son’s fifth Christmas, and now he is beginning to get to know what Christmas is about.

He knows what a Christmas Tree is and who Santa Claus is. He has met him twice already this year, first time when we took him on the Watercress Line in Hampshire and at Chessington Garden centre.

This year I have bought him some books for him to draw in, as we are trying to get him to a least scribble at the moment, as he is a bit reluctant to write at the moment or draw so we are encouraging him to start using these skills.

I have bought some really nice Pajamas sets from H&M, a book from Poundland and a sticker book.

He was dancing today to some Christmas music in the car and whilst we were in Marks and Spencers.

He has truly grown and his favourite film at the moment is Polar Express.

I am really looking forward to when he opens up his presents tomorrow.

Many thanks for reading,


Carrie X

My Son At 4 years and 11 months

Son in his school uniform

Where has the time gone, I can’t believe my son is almost 5 years of age. He is now thankfully toilet trained, only at night does he still where a pullem up, but even with that we’ll soon be losing the night time pants as he tends to use the actual toilet at night more than in his pullem up.

He has begun going to school, on half term this week, but he is doing really well. He still needs to work on his speech, but they seem to have his learning all sorted, as they do a lot of visual images so he getting what other words mean.

We are having to get him to identify numbers, colours and letters.

He knows what different fruits are, and is now eating bananas again, but still has gone off other fruits and vegetables.

At the moment he is having a nap because he wakes up so early. Early being 4am. We have tried to let him stay up later, but still he will wake up early. Rarely will he sleep in, but he doesn’t demand to go downstairs so much now, so I do get a lie in on days he doesn’t have school.

I know this is cliche but it has been a massive journey, I have made mistakes and still feel I am making them, but must not be doing to bad of a job because he has come on leaps and bounds, and seems to be progressing each day.

I will post again once he reach his 5th birthday.

Many thanks for reading,



Toilet training tools

Since I have been toilet training my son, to use the toilet, I have come across some useful Tools to help.

Portable toilet seat, I spoke about this on my other site:


There are many different forms but they are great and would recommend them.

We have one we take out with us, and one we use for our toilet upstairs, and I am going to get one for our toilet outside too.

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I would recommend carrying baby wipes still, so you can wipe the seat whilst out.

The other tool I have used, is using books and Youtube videos. Here is an example below of the books and videos you can watch that can help.

Books are a great way to get your child ready for toilet training.

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Here is a really helpful video about Potty Training, too by Emily Norris.

I hope you find this information helpful and if you have any toilet training tools then please share I’d love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,


Carrie X

My son at 4 years 9 months

I can’t believe how fast it has gone and how much my son, Henry, has grown.

He is now toilet trained, even though he still wears a nappy at night and been debating weather to or not to put one on when he naps during the day.

Please do not judge me on that, but his naps during the day are becoming less frequent aswell, and he will often have a dry nappy, so I try to leave the nappy off during the day as much as possible. He is a sleep at the moment, but he has been awake since 3am this morning, so was bound to be tired this morning.

That is one thing that has changed his sleep pattern. We try not to allow him to watch his tablet for too long, and he is very good at getting himself to sleep, but he won’t always be asleep for long, and does often wake up during the night.

Sometimes he will nap in the car aswell, but he doesn’t have a nappy on when we are out, and he will use public toilets now where before he wouldn’t. We have been  using our portable toilet seat, see my blog “Toilet Training Success” blog on my website for further details about this:


Here is a photo of my son on the swings, when my mum and I took him to Selsey for a couple of days. He walked a lot when we were in Selsey only sitting down a few times, but we didn’t use the pushchair once.

We still use the pushchair, but we are trying to phase it out, and when he starts school next week I will have him walk there.

I still can’t get my head around the fact that he will be at school next week, and I am a little anxious about it. He hasn’t settled to the thought of school well so far, and when I took him to his moving up day, he didn’t want to leave my side.

It was only when he saw there was a water play area, that he started to play and settle a bit, but then he saw the entrance doors open and tried to escape a few times.

He does love other children, especially older ones, and loved playing with his cousins in Selsey and even held their hands to walk along the seaside. He loves older children, and couldn’t stop watching them when they came out to play, on his moving up day.

I think once he sees other children playing and having fun, I think he will then settle into school. We are still teaching him to pull his trousers up and down, which he can do. Well he can take them off, no problem, just pulling them back on he struggles with, and it will be doing them up again, that he may find tricky.

I have been teaching him more about his name, and how to identify it. At Henry’s nursery they now lay out green leaves out with each child’s name on them and they have to put them on this tree attached to the wall, and I encourage Henry to find his name and put his leaf on the tree, and he will do it.

I think that is a brilliant thing to do, to teach children their name.

Henry loves Playdoh and will often have my mum’s Playdoh set to out to play with, and is happy for a long time. He loves kinder eggs, and we often when we go shopping have to buy him one, otherwise it can be world war 3.

He also loves Thomas the Tank Engine, Spongebob still and Peppa Pig.

It has gone so quickly, since the first day he was born, and he seems to develop more each day. I am so happy about the toilet training, just need to keep on with the getting the clothes on, as he loves being naked, and getting him more used to seeing his name.

So I will post again soon, probably coming up to his next birthday, but until then many thanks for reading,


Carrie X

My son at 4 years and 4 months

My son is now 4 years and 4 months old, soon to be starting school in September.

My son

We are still Potty Training, I had not idea it would take this long, but we think he is getting the idea as he will sit on his potty when needing the toilet more now, just a few accidents on the way.

Yesterday he managed to on his tablet, which we use only so he can watch Peppa Pig and nursery rhymes, he actually dialed my mum and did face time yesterday evening, at 4 years old.

He even lined up his cups in order as they have numbers at the bottom and had them neatly lined up. I did praise him for doing so and because he saw it was a good thing, he did it again.

We played a game where by I hid a ball under the cups he had to try and pick which cup the ball was under. He loved this game, that we played it for a long while.

Meal times vary his appetite keeps changing from becoming very high to very low, and he even told me that his meal in the evening was too much, so now we try and give him smaller portions.

We have started to give him a multi vitamin as he not keen on vegetables at the moment, he just decided he didn’t like them, even though he did eat them before with no fuss at all.

He now asks more for things now, like if he wants to watch football or rugby or Peppa Pig. We try to balance it out, so he can have less ball time more mental play, such as getting him to do puzzles or drawing.

When he does say a new word we praise him for it, and let him know that his length of communication is getting good, and he will sit down more and play rather than wanting to run around all the time.

We are trying to ease him out of the pushchair by taking him out without the pushchair, and when he walks with us we praise him, but if he runs off we make sure he knows not to by not taking him to the park for example. He can have privileges, when he has done good, not when he has done wrong.

I do feel he has progressed hugely since he turned 4, still got a lot of progression to work on in terms of his communication, but feel it is getting better each day.

I would love to hear how your little one is growing too, do you have any tips you would like to share of how to for example to potty train with less accidents.

Many thanks for reading,


Carrie X