Archive of ‘Funny’ category

Troubleshooter

For Hire: One Troubleshooter

**Disclaimer: No child exploitation has taken place in the making of this post** We all know that bringing up children is flipping hard work, right? Well sometimes, you strike gold and get one that serves an excellent purpose. My third child has become my very own personal troubleshooter and I do not know what I do without him. The truth […] Read more…

middle child

9 Reasons why being in the middle is good

The Drama Queen returned home from school just before Christmas, to announce that one of her teachers had commiserated with her over being ‘The Middle Child’. All the work I have put in over the last 14 years to convince this child (and myself) that being sandwiched in the middle of two siblings is not a disadvantage, cruelly unravelled […] Read more…

A Mum's Guide to Christmas

A Mum’s Guide to Christmas

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post inspired by my experience of Christmas with teenagers and their somewhat lackadaisical approach to the festive period. It proved to be quite popular, especially amongst fellow sufferers  parents of teens. I’ve been observing people over the last few weeks, both in real life and on social media. […] Read more…

teenage guide to christmas

A Teenage Guide to Christmas

Something odd happens when you reach the magical age of thirteen. Firstly, your relatives seem to get ‘The Fear’ when it comes to buying presents, opting for cash instead. Secondly, the thought of getting involved in anything vaguely creative brings you out in a cold sweat. And thirdly, the sad realisation that those teeth marks in the carrot actually belong to your mum […] Read more…

Happy 27th Birthday

How Old?

Today is my birthday. I’m 27. Again. Do you have an eternal age that you seem to be stuck at? In my head I’m 27 and am totally ok with that….until my children remind me in their oh-so-subtle manner that I’m nearer double that (and look it too). The fact is, no one is getting any […] Read more…

Fake it til you make it

Faking It

In our house, mealtimes seem to be the best time for chatting. Well then and during car journeys, when no one can get away. You know what I mean by ‘chatting’ don’t you? A kind of subtle pep talk/interrogation, minus the intensity. We’ve had many interesting ‘chats’ around the table of late: why 13-year-old girls post provocative pictures of themselves on […] Read more…

Embarrassing Mum

Falling off the pedestal

Throughout most of my children’s early years (bar the Terrible Twos which I’ve successfully blotted from the memory bank) I could do no wrong. When presented with a choice of who to sit next to, it would be me. When walking along the street, the hand they would fight for would be mine. And at bed time? […] Read more…

Internet and Teenagers

Be careful what you wish for

Before going on holiday, I felt as though I needed a break from the internet; social media in particular. As much as I love it, sometimes it just becomes too much – like everyone is shouting and you don’t know which voice to listen to first. Ever been there? I knew that I would never […] Read more…

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Top 10 Bedtime Stalling Techniques

Parenting…..with every new phase, comes a new challenge. Just when one finally ceases to be an issue, another one miraculously rears its head. But there is one ‘challenge’ that trumps them all. One that seems to have stood the test of time: bedtime stalling. This particular ‘challenge’ seems to have serious longevity, commencing from the […] Read more…

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Summer Term Madness

“Don’t forget to get your music and flute together” I yelled at The Teenager, as she got herself ready for school this morning. She dutifully placed it at the bottom of the stairs, ready for me to put into the car for her lesson this afternoon. It wasn’t until an hour or so later, that I realised […] Read more…

Lesser Spotted Teenager

The Lesser Spotted Teenager

Unless hunting in a pack, the Lesser Spotted Teenager is rarely sighted during daylight hours. Preferring mainly to stay in its natural den, with minimal face to face contact, it relies heavily on internet-based communication. The Lesser Spotted Teenager surfaces mainly for nourishment, assistance in locating a missing object or transportation. The male is distinguishable from the female only […] Read more…

The Family Camping trip

The Annual Camping Trip

I’m not a camper. Not in the true sense of the word anyway. These suspicions were confirmed when I joined The Boy on his Cub camp a couple of years ago. Let’s just say that hair straighteners weren’t exactly on the kit list and a distinct lack of khaki, plus far too large a make-up bag, gave me away […] Read more…

Are you a proper mum

Are You A Proper Mum?

Having slipped over in the shower the previous evening, The Teenager woke on Friday morning with a wrist that looked like it was fighting a serious case of Elephantiasis. She rarely complains about anything, so I knew that it must be bad. As I hadn’t been to work for almost two weeks, I reluctantly laid the guilt to […] Read more…

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