Encouraging a lifelong love of reading and how to choose the right book for your child

Encouraging a lifelong love of reading - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

In conjunction with Dymocks

Most nights my children read before going to bed. It’s a bit of a juggling act with three children of such different ages – 2, 8 and 12 – but it’s something we have done together since they were toddlers and it’s a routine I will continue to encourage.

Even though my eldest is nearing high school and usually reads to herself nearing high school, she still enjoys sharing a few pages from the current book she is reading and often asks if she can read to me. I love that she’s getting to an age where we’re starting to enjoy reading some of the same books – there’s some really great young adult fiction out there!

Personally, I can’t think of anything better than curling up with a good book before bed … well anytime really!

So I was excited to be contacted by Dymocks last week and hear all about its new campaign to encourage more children to pick up a book and get reading for fun.

I was also offered the opportunity to ask Dymocks literacy expert and author Louise Park a few questions to help parents of children of all age develop and maintain a lifelong love for reading – in particular she offers some fabulous tips for how to choose the right book for your child!

There’s also a handy list of book recommendations for different reading stages, in case you and your child need help with choosing a book.

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Doing things differently and how I fell into baby led weaning

Doing things differently and how I fell into baby led weaning - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

Later this week my baby girl turns two. Two! How did this happen? Where has that time gone?!

I look back on the past two years and realise how I have done things so differently this time round. In some ways, it almost feels like I have been I have been treading this path of motherhood for the first time again.

With my older girls, I was back to work within six to 12 months of them being born. They went to daycare and completed their preschool years in this setting before heading into primary school. But with my baby girl, I have been a full time stay at home mum needing to discover play groups and considering when might be the best age to start her at three-year-old kinder.

I haven’t rushed into swimming lessons and other activities like I did with my older girls. I’m just letting time be, enjoying what is going on around us, enjoying these moments … because as corny and cliché as it sounds, time really does go by so very fast. Just the idea of my youngest turning two makes me realise just how fast!

One area I really did do differently this time round was how I started feeding Miss 1 solids when she was old enough.

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How to sew a baby or toddler bib: a beginner’s tutorial

How to sew a baby or toddler bib- a beginner's tutorial - Ever-changing Life of a MumThis is my very first sewing tutorial on the blog!

From one beginner to another, I hope you find it useful and shows you that it really is a project that can be mastered by a complete novice.

A baby bib was the very first project I ever tried to sew after purchasing my sewing machine a little over a year ago.

I’ve been meaning to blog about this for some time now and thought I’d finally do so after recently sewing one of these bibs for my daughter’s teacher whose wife gave birth to their second baby a couple of weeks ago. My daughter really wanted to give her teacher something to say congratulations, so she picked out some material from my stash and away we went.

Since sewing my first baby bib, I have made a few adjustments along the way, but feel that I now have my own ‘go to’ sewing pattern that I really like and can easily whip up when needed.

This bib is more suitable for a toddler, however it can easily be adapted to make any sized bib you like by making it shorter or adding another snap fastener to make the neckline smaller.

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