How to get Vouchers/Adverts for your school or charity

It’s school summer fair season again!  That means I’ve been approached by a LOT of schools in the surrounding area, for either adverts in their brochures or vouchers for their raffles. Realistically, the vouchers do not really help me with my business.  I don’t get a lot of visibility from them and I don’t get a lot of business.  However, I do […]

Anger – what the hell is it all about?

I was chatting with Curly headed boy the other day, as he’d been giving us some serious attitude for a few weeks.  He was clearly angry with me, but I couldn’t work out what on earth was the matter. So I picked one of those evenings – you know the ones when they want to chat lots, and talked him […]

8 Top Tips For Having Wonderful Summer Holidays With The Kids On A Budget

Here are my Top Tips for finding things to do in the holidays to keep those kids of yours busy without breaking the bank!   1) The Library There is a summer challenge every year.  This year is the ‘Creepy House Challenge‘ where the kids read 6 books by the end of the summer holidays and they get loads of […]

Guest Post – Ten Tips On How To Be A Great Dad

A guest post for father’s day: Cat Williams is a relationship counsellor who qualified with the renowned UK charity, Relate, in 2007. She is also a British army wife and mother of two.  ‘Stay Calm and Content’ is her newly released book.  It was suggested by her clients and explains the ‘secret’ behind staying calm and content, no matter what life […]

What’s the point to an after school club – I get it at last!

After school clubs – we often worry about them. Have we chosen the right one?  Too few?  Too many?  Do kids really need them? If they aren’t going to become ‘good at it’ do they really need to do one? Do we need to supplement what they learn at school, with more stuff to learn from an early age? Do […]

Can a book festival really be fun? Does it encourage kids to read?

Is a book festival fun? I was worried. My kids are used to going to festivals.  So turning up at a ‘book festival’ were they going to be severely disappointed? Our first stop was to Beast Quest.  Very quickly my worries were calmed.  A crazy magician guy introduced the concept (I had no idea what it was all about), read […]

The importance of encouraging our children to be their ‘own people’

This is my review of Chapter 4 of ‘How to Talk so kids listen’ about ‘encouraging autonomy’. This is an interesting chapter for me after Curly Headed Boy asked me a few months ago “when are you ever going to let me out on my own”.  As a 13yr old boy was killed on the crossing near school at Christmas […]

What on earth to do when increasing the discipline isn’t helping?

So I’m onto the ‘important’ chapter of ‘How to Talk So Kids Listen’, which is ‘Alternatives to punishment’. This is the chapter that got me interested, because as I said, Curly Headed Boy turning 7 has been tricky.  Initially we succumbed to the fear that we hadn’t been clear enough with him and he ‘should be learning to behave by […]

Tips on getting our kids to do what we want/need them to do

  So here are are onto Chapter 2 of ‘How to Talk so kids will listen’; ‘Engaging Cooperation’. Backstory: With a 7yo Curly Headed Boy and soon to be 3yo Little Dimples, life has become a little shouty of late and we were looking for some alternative options, as being stricter wasn’t cutting it.  So I decided to read, review […]

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 […]