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  • mother and son
    Guest Posts,  Parenting

    Raising A Good Man – Guest Post from Tracy Mackenzie

    Here at Rock Paper Spirit, we regularly welcome guest bloggers because we love to show a range of different views. Today we are delighted to welcome Glasgow-based author Tracy Mackenzie. Tracy describes herself as a tea-fuelled writer in waiting, blogger and crafter. She’s the author of Tales of the Guild and was a Times/Chicken House longlistee in 2019. Today she’s going to share her thoughts on raising the next generation of men. When The Boy and The Girl were toddlers I often grumbled that the books on pregnancy prepared you for birth, the first few weeks of your newborn’s life and then ditched you with the speed of a cheetah…

  • Top Wing Mission Ready Track
    Ad/Gifted,  Parenting

    What Will Your Kids Be Doing In Summer 2019?

    It’s approaching that time again when the schools are finishing up for summer and up here in Scotland, that’s going to be happening very soon. In fact, it’s going to be next Friday! I can’t wait to spend more time with my son. That’s one thing I don’t understand about other parents and can’t relate to; they complain about the summer holidays and are desperate for their kids to go back to school. I don’t feel that. In fact, I’m really excited about all the fun things that we’re going to do together over the seven week break. Despite starting a new job, I’ll still have plenty of time to…

  • Action Man Father's Day
    Ad/Gifted,  Parenting

    Action Man: The Perfect Fathers Day Gift!

    Action Man is an iconic figure of childhood and the very first hero we knew for many of us. I never had one (I wanted stationery and a typewriter rather than dolls) but my husband recalls asking for an Action Man for Christmas when he was a little boy. He was devastated when he got a rival branded doll instead and it’s one of those stories that he brings up every now and again. He wanted an Action Man and never got one. Well, now is the perfect time for him to finally get what he wanted because Father’s Day is coming up! It’s the 16th June this year, to…

  • david the unicorn
    Parenting,  The A to Z Blogging Challenge 2019

    The A To Z Blogging Challenge: U is for Unicorn

    Today I’m writing about U and this is the post I’ve been desperate to write about since the challenge started. As soon as I started thinking about what I wanted each letter to represent, I made a list of things starting with each letter of the alphabet that are on my wish list and this was at the top. Although, obviously, because it begins with U I had to shift it to near the bottom. Anyway, I digress. U is for Unicorn and I don’t actually want a unicorn because that would just be silly but there is a story behind this. My son Luke is at that age when…

  • toddler speech delay
    Books,  Guest Posts,  Parenting

    Five Favourite Books For Encouraging Speech In Toddlers

    Here on Rock Paper Spirit, we love to welcome contributions from other writers and bloggers. Today we welcome blogger Kim Hogg for this special guest appearance, where she will be sharing which books are her favourites for encouraging speech in toddlers. My eldest son is 3 and while he is now seen to speak, it hasn’t always been this way. He was over 18 months old before he finally said “mum”, and he was nearly 3 before we could start to have a vaguely sensible conversation with him. I have spent a lot of time working on his speech at home, and have found a variety of activities that work…