Homeschooling – The Pros and Cons

After having the twins, I played around with the idea of homeschooling them. I had my reservations about the education system, and I knew some people in real life and online that were happily homeschooling. So I played around with the idea for a bit. Which is why the kiddies didn’t go to any childcare setting until they started Pre School at 3 years old. And before that, I never used any form of childcare and still haven’t except school. I wanted to be hands on with my kids from the start, and that is exactly what I have done for the past 5 plus years.


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The best of both worlds

Homeschooling is an amazing opportunity. I wish I could shake the hands of every parent/guardian doing this. It is a lot of work homeschooling a child. The amount of work involved is impossible to comprehend until you actually do it, so I can only imagine. I do teach my kids at home. We do school work almost everyday, except holidays and weekends. The kiddies enjoy reading, so we do a lot of that. We also practice our spelling, writing and numbers. So they get the best of both worlds – Studying at home and at school.


Homeschooling – The pros for us

Like I said, I found the whole idea of Homeschooling very appealing, and I considered doing it. The reasons why I found homeschooling appealing are –


  1. I liked the flexibility – Being able to set our hours and travel when we want to made me want to homeschool the kids. Homeschooling will enable us work to our own schedule and do what would be convenient for us.

2. Learn at our pace – My kids are very academic, so being able to learn at their pace would be great. Not having to worry about the pace of 28 other children would be great.

3. Set up our own curriculum – This is a big one for me. The idea of learning what I feel is relevant for their age group and ignore things they have no business knowing about. Obviously, they would be learning what their peers are learning in school and more. But no topics I feel they shouldn’t be learning.


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Homeschooling – The cons for us

For me, the cons outweigh the pros at the moment, which is why the kiddies are in a lovely primary school a few minutes away. Here are the cons for me –


  1. Dealing with isolation – I feel like my kids would be isolated if I homeschool now. I don’t drive, so being out and about isn’t easy. Even if I did drive, we would still feel isolated in a homeschool setting.
  2. The Kiddies love school – They love school so much. They are very happy to go everyday and they look forward to the holidays as well. So homeschooling won’t be the best idea for them as they love to socialise with other kids. The whole school setting works for them.
  3. A lot of work – Homeschooling is a lot of work like I said earlier, and the kids being in school helps me work and stay on top of chores, and so on. As a work from home mummy, I do most of my work while the kids are in school, so homeschooling won’t work for us now.


In conclusion

The cons of homeschooling outweighs the pros, which is why we didn’t go down the homeschooling route. What are your thoughts on this? Do you homeschool your children? What are the pros and cons for you? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. Let’s chat.

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The Kiddies Review Aveeno Baby

The Kiddies have been using Aveeno Baby Dermexa Emollient Cream and Good Night Emollient Balm for some weeks. I discovered how amazing Aveeno products are some months ago. And I still use some Aveeno skincare products myself. So I was not surprised to find these products are great on my children’s skin. I can see them using them using them over and over again.

For those who have never heard of these Aveeno Baby skincare products, here are the product descriptions for both products.


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Aveeno Baby Dermexa Emollient Cream 200ml/£9.99

This Emollient Cream combines the Triple Oat Complex (Colloidal Oatmeal, Oat Oil, Avenanthramides) and Ceramides. It was developed with dermatologists, and the unique formula moisturises very dry itchy skin to help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier.



Aqua, Glycerin, Panthenol, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Avena Sativa Kernel Flour, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract, Avena Sativa Kernel Oil, Ceramide 3, Isopropyl Alcohol, Steareth-20, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Benzalkonium Chloride.


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Aveeno Baby Good Night Emollient Balm 75ml/£9.99

This Good Night Emollient Balm is formulated with Triple Oat Complex (Avenanthramides, Oat Oil and Colloidal Oatmeal) and Ceramides. The balm moisturises the skin intensely to help reduce itchy sensations. It also helps restore the skin barrier.



Glycerin, Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isocetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Avena Sativa Kernel Flour, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract, Avena Sativa Kernel Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ceramide 3, Ethylhexylglycerin, p-Anisic Acid, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Sodium Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Dipotassium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Potassium Sorbate.


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  1. Both products absorb very quickly, which is great.
  2. They moisturise the skin, restoring the skin barrier within days.
  3. These products are free from parabens, dyes, alcohol and scent.
  4. They soothe the skin leaving it soft, smooth and supple.
  5. We love the practical packaging.





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Overall, we love both products and recommend to little ones dealing with dry skin. Or if you after a cream that offers a little more moisture this winter season. I really both products for my kids because I like their skin looking moisturised especially in the cold season. And these products work great on their skin.


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Have you tried these Aveeno Baby products? What do you think of them? Please share your thoughts in the comments section. Also do share this post on your social media platforms to spread the word.

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The Kiddies Do Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

We had the opportunity to spend the day at Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester the other weekend, and it was a lot of fun. It was few days after the twins’ birthday. They turned 5 and we usually visit Legoland Manchester in their birthday week, we have done so for 4 years now. So off we went on this Saturday. We were a group of 9 with my sister and her family.


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Fun Times in Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

It was so much fun as always. The kids all had amazing time. Having their 3 cousins around added extra fun to the day, and together they explored Lego. There was a lot to see and I think we adults had a nice time too. It was good to get out of the house and watch the kids have a blast! I think Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester is a great family day out location, especially in the winter months when it is too cold to do much outdoors.


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A Few Issues

Legoland was busy as usual on that day. We had to wait for some minutes before we got in but it wasn’t too long thankfully. The service was good as always. We didn’t have to wait too long to get on the rides which was good. We got on all 3 rides, and the kids had time to explore the soft play area as well as other activities. It was a good day out for sure.

One of the issues I had was the movie showing was in 2D instead of 4D. There was a message explaining the issue they were having with the screens, but we found it really disappointing that we couldn’t enjoy the movie in 4D. But we could see feel and see some of the effects, which was ok in the end.


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Another thing I found was that parents just let their kids run wild in the soft play area and do whatever they want. I noticed many kids with their shoes on in the soft play area. There were also many older kids that were too old to be in there, but were in there anyways. And there were just some kids that were just being kids, but needed their parents to put them right, and the parents were too busy chatting or scrolling on their smartphones to notice. I don’t understand why many parents completely ignore their kids in soft play area but that is story for another post. Back to some of the lovely shots I got on my iPhone at Legoland.


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Overall, we all had a lovely time, especially the kids. And I know we will be visiting Legoland again very soon. We would love to visit the Legoland in Windsor one of these days. I have heard a lot about the park and saw quiet a bit of it in The Mummy Diaries with Sam and Billie Faiers. I would love to explore it with the kiddies. That should happen in the summer hopefully.


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Have you been to Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester? What are your thoughts? Have you had any days out recently? Please sound off in the comments section.

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