Is it time to stop apologising for our children’s behaviour? When I end up in one of those awkward ‘you go, no you go’ stand-offs with a stranger, despite the fact it’s nobody’s fault, I’m the first to offer my humble apologies for getting in their way. Surely, motherhood could cure me of my loose-lipped apologies, but somehow having children (twins) has made me up my sorry game even more.
“Last night, having a meal at 7 in a nice pub and a parent got their child to use the potty by their table,” she wrote on the forum. “Why not take the potty to the toilet and put the child there, they are learning to use the toilet, so parents should do that.
The moment your toddler has PM (that’s Public Meltdown) so epic you’re forced, or sometimes even asked to vacate the building. The presenter who now lives in France with her rugby player husband, Richie Myler, had initially shared a sweet snap of her little one walking into his new playgroup, admitting she was nervous about his first day.
Remember how upset the Internet was last year when parents cracked open their kids’ sippee cups to find them riddled with mould? Well prepare for mould gate part two because turns out your baby’s favourite teething toy might not be quite so hygienic either.
Whether it’s ever ok to discipline someone else’s child is one of the thorniest parenting topics around. So it’s no surprise that the debate has been reignited once again online by a mum seeking advice from other parents.
Scientists conducted experiments in which children aged around two were taught new words while hearing soft or loud background noise. Further tests, which were reported in the journal, Child Development, revealed that the toddlers were better at grasping the meaning of words that had earlier been learned in a quieter environment. This suggests that experience with the sounds of the words without distracting background noise subsequently helps children map those sounds to meaning.