Word of the Week Wednesday #4 : Cuddle

Leos speech has been coming on a lot recently, as I mentioned in our first word of the week one of his favourites is No however this isn’t his only favourite word anymore. More recently he has developed the use of the word Cuddle.

He will use cuddle multiple times a day and will say it both for affection and for getting out of trouble. The use of this word is most definitely a recent thing and one that both myself and Keighley love.

Leo will come up to you, open his arms and say cuddle at which point he will put his arms around our neck and give a proper little cuddle.

There is a flip side to this though, as he has also developed the technique of asking for a cuddle when he has done something naughty and wants to avoid being told off. I can see the funny side of that, but it is also something we are keen to stop before it becomes the norm for him.

We are so glad that Leo is developing his language skills and that new words are coming, it makes all the hard work with the Speech and Language Therapist over the last eight months.

Write Size Review 


Oliver was recently given the opportunity to try out a new size of pencils that last year appeared on the hit BBC show Dragons Den.

The lovely people at Write Size sent us through a pack of 5 pencils, suitable for children aged 2-6 and a fantastic Writing Pad for Children. The writing pad was developed by Write Size to ‘help parents give their children the opportunity to learn the skill of and to promote good handwriting skills’.

Oliver using the Write Size Pencil to write a birthday card

I must admit that when I saw Write Size on Dragons Den I was a bit dubious. Surely a child can manage with an ordinary size pencil. I mean I did when I was at school so why are todays kids any different. However the more I thought about it and also looked at my handwriting, the more I thought there might be some method to this companys madness, as it were.

Leo trying out the Write Size Pencil
When we received the package though the door I let Oliver open it and he was excited to see the pencils and what he thought was a colouring book. Once I explained what it was he was eager to sit down and practice his writing with the special pencils that were designed for his size of hand.

The pencils that we received are around 3-4 inches long, around the length of an Argos pencil but a bit chunkier to make for an easy grip on the pencil for a young child just starting out on their writing journey. Write Size also produce pencils in two other sizes for children aged 6-10 and 10+ respectively. Oliver was easy able to manage this size of pencil where he can somethings struggle with a longer length.

Oliver loved using these pencils and so did Leo. Leo is still very much in the drawing for drawings sake stage, where as Oliver is beginning to write words independently and is practicing his handwriting a lot as part of his preschool homework. These pencils have made a huge difference to him. He truly does find it a lot easier to hold the pencil and not only that control the pencil well enough to improve his handwriting. 

As a family we would recommend these pencils to anyone who has a young child that is starting out with their writing. 

To purchase Write Size Products and try them for yourself click here

Please Note: 2 Bottles of Milk was given the above Products by Write Size to test and review. The above review is a true and honest account of our use of Write Size Products.