Your Kids and Alcohol

Your Child and Alcohol

The OH and I hadn’t known each other all that long when we got married. Consequently, we didn’t know much about one another’s family backgrounds. I came from the typical suburban household with 2.4 children and he was brought up on a farm in rural Wales, with 7 siblings. In many ways, our upbringings couldn’t have […] Read more…

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Take 5: Disagreements, Derren Brown and Decluttering

End of the week again? Wow. We are officially limping over the finish line into half term and I’m actually really looking forward to next week. We have lots of exciting things lined up and for much of the week, it will just be me and The Teenager – always a pleasure. Until then, here are our (rather dull) ‘Take 5 Friday‘ moments […] Read more…

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Should I let my child have Instagram?

At 11 years of age, The Boy is my youngest child. Knowing that I have two teenage daughters, his friends’ parents often ask my advice with regard to their latest parenting dilemma. By far the most popular question asked, is this: If you thought it was all about Facebook…think again! Right now, Instagram is where it’s at […] Read more…

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Photo of the Week 6 / Being the Baby

 I watched my boy get ready for a sleepover party this afternoon – hair gel on, deodorant packed, phone charger ready to go – and I realised that he’s growing up. Makes sense of course but sometimes we just don’t see it. Especially with the third child. I swore that I would never ‘baby’ my last […] Read more…

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Dads, Decisions and Disappearing Hamsters

As I free-fall into another weekend, I can’t tell you how glad I am that it is Friday. I’ve woken up every morning since Wednesday (it’s not called hump day for nothing) convinced that it must surely be lie-in day. Well there’s no more waiting, because tomorrow is D-Day! Only me who is excited by this prospect? […] Read more…

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Loud ‘n’ Proud – 04.02.16

It’s that time of the week again, when we get to share something that has made us Loud ‘n’ Proud. Perhaps your child has learnt to read independently for the first time, or you’ve watched them blossom in new friendships or a skill they’ve struggled with in the past. Maybe your other half has scaled Mount Everest […] Read more…

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All Change

Every new milestone in your child’s life seems so huge doesn’t it? Without wanting to dismiss subsequent children, it’s particularly significant with the first one. With every new decision, the importance of getting it ‘right’ weighs so heavily. A simple case of first time nerves, I guess. Weirdly, when our firstborn was due to start primary […] Read more…

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Photo of the Week 5 / Space

Last weekend, the OH was in France for 5 days. I’m all for encouraging a break away, as you know, but it does mean that the parent left at home is saddled with all the lifts, responsibilities and…teenage hormones. And boy, were we entrenched in the latter last weekend! Do you ever feel like you […] Read more…

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Cellulite, Capulets and Newborn Critters.

Late again *slaps wrist* but seriously, this has been my only chance to ‘Take 5‘ this entire week. I normally start adding bits to my post throughout the week but it’s been a crazy one and I just haven’t had a chance. So here I am, sitting down and literally spouting forth, so bear with…. […] Read more…

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Is Internet Safety a Parent’s Responsibility?

I watched a programme last night which sent shivers down my spine. I knew it would before I even turned on the TV, but this was one programme I felt I had to watch; not out of morbid curiosity, but out of duty to my children. Two years ago, this lady’s son was murdered, at the […] Read more…

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The Comfy Slippers {When Five Become Four}

Most people would describe me as a capable and independent individual. Interestingly, during my early years, this wasn’t the case. At social gatherings, I would be the one hiding between the folds in my mum’s skirt, hoping that no adult would attempt to engage me in conversation. How things change! Something switched when I hit my mid teens and I’ve been this way […] Read more…

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Photo of the Week 4 / A Stillness

 I’ve loved the frosty mornings this week. So refreshing to take ‘It’ for a walk and have my boot-clad foot rest firmly on top of the crunchy mud, instead of sinking underneath it, in the squelchy manner we’ve become accustomed to of late. On Wednesday morning I had arranged to meet a friend for a dog […] Read more…

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Meet Ups, Menopausal Moments and Michael Fish

Can you believe that I failed to ‘Take 5’ last Friday? Sorry friends, I just ran out of time, steam and anything else you can think of. What I was actually doing last Friday, was organising our company’s office opening party….aka running around like a mad thing with a red clipboard about my person. Good excuse? Well […] Read more…

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