Are you mother based in Wales? Well the National Assembly for Wales wants to hear your views on pregnancy, maternity and work in Wales. The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee is currently running an inquiry into pregnancy, maternity and work in Wales, and it wants to hear from you! As part of this inquiry, they have set up an online forum where you can browse the discussions, submit your own experiences and ideas and read, rate and comment on other people’s posts. If we want to make things better then we need to share our experiences.   Join in the discussion here     Like this? Why not share it? Facebook 0 Twitter 0 Messenger Google+0 WhatsApp Email LinkedIn0 Pinterest0

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As you know we’ve been a fan of Tots Play from the day we signed up for the local Baby Development Course. We loved the local leader who was incredibly supportive and has nurtured a fantastic local Facebook group for local mothers who have met on her courses. We went from Baby Development classes, to Discovery Tots and then briefly Social Tots before my maternity leave ended. Now that I’ve returned to work it’s been difficult to commit to regular classes so we’ve been experimenting with a few organised activities in our local area, the new offering from Tots Play being the latest. Action Tots is designed for 2 – 4 year olds and aims to teach balance, coordination, gross and fine motor skills – all important for their development and overall fitness. It does this through through games, song, yoga, and equipment like balance bikes. The ultimate goal is to set your preschooler on the path of being able to ride a bike. This really appealed to me as not only have I been a fan of Tots Play for a while, I can’t ride a bike myself. An unfortunate accident resulting in a fracture and a nasty wound when I was ten put me off. I didn’t get back on a bike until I was in my mid twenties and I just couldn’t get the hang of it. It turns out it’s not “just like riding a bike” after all. We initially signed up for a trial of… View Post

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It’s rare as a mum that I have any time for myself, let alone to pamper myself in any way. Getting my hair cut now is generally considered a treat.  It’s all too easy when you have a long list of priorities to keep pushing things for you down the list.  This year, I am determined to push self care a little further up my agenda so I’m trying out products, activities and places which help me feel more relaxed, or energised. Let’s face it as mums we need both these elements. If we don’t take time to wind down then we can get up snappy and grumpy which our kids don’t need, or even ill. I have a couple of minor ailments which are aggravated by stress so I need to take this seriously. But I also have a child who wakes up between 4am – 5am, so I also need something to give me a boost. This is why I took a day off, left Small Boy and nursery and headed off to a local spa for the day.  It was an amazing experience. I booked a half day spa package which lasted about three hours and consisted of a full body Swedish massage, facial, afternoon tea and blow dry.  I went to The Health and Serenity Spa in Newport, South Wales, but if you’re not local do look for somewhere near you. It’s honestly worth it!   Arrival It was so lovely to go somewhere where the… View Post

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