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Family Gap Year vs Finding The Magic at home

Family gap year

With the big hairy northern one being made redundant, we’ve been talking about taking a year out as a family gap year; maybe 6 months in the states, home for my brothers wedding and 5 months in Australia and New Zealand. Curly headed boy is 6yrs old, and having been to a private school is […]

How to tell your children about your pet dogs death and decide when to do it

This time last week we said good-bye to our adorable, but daft 14 year old springer spaniel ‘Merlin’ (on the right).  It had taken me weeks to get to the point where I rang the vet.  Friends and family had been gently suggesting it was time for a couple of months.  But I couldn’t do […]

What to tell your kids about Advertising?

How to organise a play room

Apparently today the government is suggesting media lessons for primary school kids.  Do we really need this?  What do you tell your kids about adverts and the effect on our decisions? Well, funnily enough I had a chat with Curly Headed Boy last night.  We normally watch Cbeebies and Disney, which are advertising free; sort […]

Video Wed: New School Year Resolutions: What is or is not your responsibility?

Video Wed: New School Year Resolutions: What is or is not your responsibility?

I confess, I have a bad habit of taking responsibility for stuff that isn’t my shit and getting knackered in the process.  I’m about a zillion times better at it than I used to be, but I still have a tendency to be tempted.  I think it comes from being a ‘young carer’ as they […]

One Thing I’m Totally Sure Of Is: Everyone wants to feel loved

Is it possible to have romance and kids?

One Thing I Am TOTALLY sure of is that .. Everyone wants to be loved just as they are. We don’t want to be loved, despite our less attractive bits.  We want to to be totally and unconditionally loved.  This is true of us all, from the poorest to the richest, from the kindest to […]

Problem Corner: Tips for dealing with being intimidated by other mums at toddler group or school gate

Agony Aunt for Mums

A lovely Mum I know posted the following tweet oneday ‘Hate that I’m intimidated by toddler group. Need to grow some balls. Figuratively speaking.’ so I offered to do a question corner post for her, because what she doesn’t know is that we are all scared shitless of walking into those places (well 99% of […]

Video Wed: Do you let your child believe in magic?

Video Wed: Do you let your child believe in magic?

Superheroes, Fairies, Magic, Sea Monsters: The world of a child is full of magic.  So do you encourage it because the role playing and imagination is meant to be good for their development.  Or do you worry about what will happen when the reality of life hits them? Then there is romance, princesses, and happily […]

Top Seven Tips For The Summer Holidays

How to organise a play room

I so look forward to the holidays, but the last half-term was a huge disaster, so much so that I couldn’t bring myself to blog about it.  The big hairy northern one was away, the little irish granny I found in Tescos was ill, and I still had some work to do, despite it being […]

Video Wed: BreastFeeding Awareness week: a Doctor’s ignorance and the importance of complaining

Video Wed: BreastFeeding Awareness week: a Doctor’s ignorance and the importance of complaining

Two weeks ago I went to the doctor, it had taken me months to get sorted and I had a couple of quite important things to talk about.  The first was some pain in the back of my head, and the doctor was insistent that it was nothing to do with an infection I had […]

Video Wed: Back To School and Back To Mine

Video Wed: Back To School and Back To Mine

So it’s back to school for Curly Headed Boy for two days, one of which is a Royal Wedding Party!  Then off for a long weekend and back again.  Then it’s 3 weeks to half term and 5 1/2 weeks until the summer holidays!  I’ve enjoyed the Easter holidays with the kids, we didn’t do […]