When we were kids, we all thought the grownups had life totally figured out - right?
They knew when to replace the toilet roll, how to get to the cool park on the far side of town, why vegetables were important... they just knew it all!
But it looks a little different from this side of the glass. We're desperately trying to stay one step ahead of our kids' needs - next size clothes, variety in their diet, new conversations round the dinner table.
That's what THE SUDS are all about: a little inspiration to draw on through the week as you think up new adventures with your little ones.
This week: a note from Brook; an extremely wholesome baked porridge; cute kids furniture; creative gardening and Halloween activities.
GRASP's founder, Brook, on how the shift from instinct- vs. information-led decisions has left many parents in a state of constant worry: "Parents need more encouragement, not more instructions... Parents need simple products that take care of the new questions and worries that we’re told we should care about, so that we can go back to parenting confidently".
We've been following Chicago-based Ambitious Kitchen for 5-6 years now, and it's genuinely changed the way we approach family cooking. This baked porridge recipe is easy to put together, suitable for all ages, and a wonderful warm treat for a rainy October morning.
We love the values of the Lalo founders who believe the job of being a parent is more important than the task of shopping for it. We love this Scandinavian style play set that puts the design in designated play space.
The Botanical Boys’ terrarium-making workshops are a brilliant way to spend a couple of hours in Coal Drops Yard - which is a great place to spend an afternoon with kids already. You get all the kit and know-how to build gorgeous, self-sustaining (and self-contained!) living gardens. Prices start at £48 - and look out for their Christmas wreath special!
We love this deceptively easy-to-make cat bunting that little ones can help make in time for Halloween. Just cut out cat face shapes from craft paper, hole punch the eyes, and string on to fairy lights (you’ll be digging them out for Christmas soon enough anyway). Get the full instructions - and a bunch of other Halloween craft ideas - over at Good Housekeeping.