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 […]

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 […]

Is Having Two Kids Harder Than One?

  Things are so much easier now! AND SO MUCH HARDER!   Philosophically I get that life is just different, children change, our challenges change, things aren’t ‘harder’ or ‘easier’, they are just different. But I’m surprised how much more difficult it is. Billie Piper talked about it his week (warning, that’s a link to the Daily Fail).  I feel for […]

Why we changed our mind from state school to private and back again

Choosing schools must be one of the most stressful experiences a parent ever goes through. Changing where you child goes to school is even worse! Rationally there is no way that just this one choice will be the making or breaking of them.  But for some reason we become complete nutters when bewildered by choices, social pressure, decisions between private […]

Does your past affect your worries about your children’s schooling?

What makes us feel one way or the other about education and the choices that we have to make for our children? Some of it must be society and peers.  But I reckon a big part comes from our own childhood. I was sent to an all girls school; hence my dislike of single sex education. I also went private […]

Family Gap Year vs Finding The Magic at home

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 a bit ahead of our […]

What to tell your kids about Advertising?

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 of, because the programs themselves […]

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 now call it, for my […]

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

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 us!). She was ill during […]

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 anything major, but I’ll do […]