Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Do all boys love Lego?

Thought this parenting journey I have been trying to avoid the lure of brands and TV characters in favour of toys and activities that we make ourselves or are 'educational' in that they are open ended in their design.  I hope this doesn't sound pompous or self righteous but I just hate the amount of advertisements that children are exposed to on a daily basis and I do anything I can to reduce it to as little as possible.

I'm happy therefore to say that when Freddy sees a batman t shirt or a plain red one he has no preference and I don't waste money.  I hope this can last a while longer too :)

I also don't subscribe to the 'pink for girls' and 'blue for boys' approach to clothing and toys - something that I find extremely prevalent in the UK and France but thankfully not so in Sweden.  But that's a whole other post there.

Anyway what I wanted to talk about is Lego. On the one hand it goes against our love of natural materials but on the other it's amazing just how much Freddy (3 years) loves it! It's almost like when he got to 30 months old a chip was activated inside his head which made him just love building things with the stuff.

It's wonderful to watch him sitting with his papa and building all number of different vehicles and here he is playing with his cousin.  It seems to be such a universally loved toy that crosses the generation gaps like few other.
So lego.....you can stay!

Monday, 21 January 2013

le bonhomme de neige

It's that time of year when a flurry of northern hemisphere bloggers unite in a display of family oriented snow activities and I'm no exception. Today Freddy (3) and Henry (16 months) made a snowman in front of the house:
I love that the snowman looks like he's looking up towards the sky and smiling - like he's saying thank you for the snow.

Having this much snow in Paris isn’t really that usual but the roads and public transport system are coping admirably. Schools are not closed because of sub zero temperatures but instead because of strikes against educational reforms.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Winter gear

In one of my previous posts Caru asked to know a bit more about what the boys wear in the snow so here's a little run down just for fun.  Oh and as always I do not benefit in any form for any publicity of product!
The fleece under layer is like a fleecy onesie with a zip for quick on and off and poppers to open up the leg area.  Can you see that the cuffs around the legs and arms are extra long?  That's so that they actually last for more than a few months;  when it's big for the child they are folded over and as they grow you just fold less and less.

The waterproof and windproof 'overalls' are worn over the top along with a 'fuskolle' which is a turtleneck jumper minus the jumper:  you can see it in the top left of the picture.  I had never heard of a fuskolle before my husband introduced me to them but OMG they are brilliant.  Why wear a scarf when you can just slip on a bit cut out from a woolly jumper?  Genius those Swedes.

The rest is pretty self explanatory really - furry windproof hat that actually covers the ears too, waterproof snug snow boots and gloves that have zips down to the fingers so that you can get little fingers into the right places.

The Swedes have a wonderful expression which is "there is no such thing as bad weather - only bad clothes".  So true.

In case you want to know where we bought our clothes from here is a link.
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