Category Archives: mums advice

How to address your child’s fear of death & dying

We promised some information on addressing death & dying with your children since we heard that Topsy & Tim were going to lose their beloved pet dog.

Sadly, since then the atrocities in Paris have taken place which is likely to be on the radar of children of school age especially. We have had a few reports from parents of talk in the playgrounds and of course, there are a lot of questions arising from this.

Renée van der Vloodt has written a blog on the topic of helping your children live life without the fear of dying. In fact, Renée had written this prior to the terror attacks in France but it has become incredibly timely and in any case, hopefully it is a useful guide for you.

How to address your child’s fear of death & dying

Renée will be joining us at the beginning of 2016 for a 2-part course designed to help us understand and manage the challenging behaviours of our children. Look out for more information to follow very soon…

Bumps & Babes new date!

There will be a Bumps & Babes tea and coffee morning at one of our lovely members houses in Reigate on Friday 9th October.

If you’re expecting multiples or have wee ones then do come by, we’re a friendly bunch and full of lots of useful info to help you through those early days with two babies or more!

Please let us know if you’re coming and we’ll get the kettle on 🙂

Email and we’ll be in touch with full details.

Thumbie’s rock! – for the thumb suckers out there!

Heidi’s twin girls Lucy and Maria have both been avid thumb suckers since they were very tiny. Here is how Heidi got them to stop… If anyone else has problems with thumb sicking then do read on!

“The dentist advised that they needed to stop soon and I thought nothing would work (certainly the nail-varnish-type stuff didn’t touch them – they just grimaced and carried on sucking!).

“But these “thumbsie’s” have absolutely saved the day. Cheap as anything, and in so many colours and designs, the girls loved choosing their own one and were desperate to get to bed to wear them! Thumb sucking stopped overnight and the habit seemed to be broken even in the day time within a couple of weeks. 3 months on they don’t need them at all but they still love the reassurance and fun of wearing them.

“I’d recommend them to anyone!!”

Thank you Heidi for the tip.

Check out the designs at and good luck!