Do we have a bad habit of confusing our kids so they don’t know what they are feeling?

The first book in my long list I’m going to review is: ‘How to Talk so your kids will Listen and Listen to kids will talk‘ by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. To help me, I’m going to do an in depth review of each chapter, and then at the end of the 6-12 weeks it takes, I’ll write up […]

My Progress: Fibromyalgia a couple of months on after diagnosis

  I thought you might like to know how I’m doing with the whole fibromyalgia thing? Lots of people have asked how I am, but it’s really difficult to say in 1 sentence, and I feel boring if I describe it in full. I’ve learnt loads more about it and have created a static page which I’ll use to list […]

How does it feel when your hero falls off their pedestal?

  Oh Lance Armstrong, how gutted am I; you were the ultimate in marketing/hope story dreams.  The cancer recovery, the seven wins of the Tour De France (my husband is a fan, and I like the bums), the amazing record. We’ve been listening for years about the fact that it was all a lie, but I admit that I really […]

My Intuition Isn’t Quite Enough: A Seven Year Old Boy Is Too Tricky!

So Far …   For the last 7yrs since Curly Headed Boy arrived, I’ve been pretty much surviving on my intuition and dipping into the odd book for help every now and again for an adaptable tip. I had tended towards the trying to be as respectful and fair as possible, but when Little Dimples came along 3yrs ago, my […]

Adventure comes in surprising places

  Brrrrrrrrrrr! It was freezing (0 degrees!), but the kids didn’t seem to notice at all. I was wishing I’d put my thermals on, and was eternally grateful for choosing woolly socks and snow boots over wellies. But the cheerful ‘Ooooh Mummy look at this’ coming from one direction versus ‘No Mummy come look at this first’ from the opposite […]

Great Toy For Imaginative Outside Play For Boys and TomBoys

Several months ago I was sent the most amazing thing for Curly Headed Boy to review the ‘Ultimate Dangerous Den Kit‘ from Battle Box. OMG was I the best Mummy in the world for this old blogging marlarkey when it turned up! Luckily for me they are incredibly nice people as well, and they have never nagged me once knowing I […]

It’s not Spring, it’s Winter – Why ‘New Years Resolutions’ are doomed

Happy New Year 2013 Everyone! It’s January and the crazy dieting and resolution thing is going on everywhere.  I don’t want to be the voice of doom, but your New Years Resolutions are pretty much doomed …. ooh that should be said with an echo doooooomed, doomed! A few of you lucky people will have hit upon exactly the right […]