Archive of ‘Parenting’ category

Twelve Today

Today You Are Twelve

A lady reminded me just recently that not long after you were born, I turned to her and said: ‘God knew just what I needed’. Those feelings have never gone away. I doubt you will ever forget this year – the year your sister spent so much time in hospital. But through it all I’ve been amazed by your maturity, […] Read more…

father and daughter

What Makes a Good Dad?

Sitting in the therapist’s office, listening to him explain the decision he had made some fourteen years ago – to put his family first – I felt a little bit sad. As he shared his determination to be home for bath time every night, before reading ‘Kipper’ for the umpteenth time, I could see what he was trying to do – […] Read more…

Dressing Up

School’s Out For This Mumma!

When big life events turn your world upside down, it’s sometimes hard to focus on the everyday. But you know what? We must! We still have end of year exams, sports day, the school play, leavers’ parties (the list goes on) to plan for. There is one event coming up that absolutely cannot go by without a […] Read more…

Imperfect daisy

Keep On Keeping On

If you had asked me 10 years ago what my biggest fear was, pretty high up on that list would be my children one day being in therapy. Before you right me off as utterly shallow, the bigger things like nuclear war and my child running out in front of a bus, would also have been on that list, but honestly? […] Read more…

Sweet Sixteen

Now You Are Sixteen 

Today The Teenager turns sixteen. I’ve deliberated over what to write, or whether to write anything at all. I’ve mentally constructed ‘Sweet Sixteen’ letters, words of advice and sentimental reflections. The truth is, I don’t know what to write. But I do know that I don’t want this birthday to go by without a mention. […] Read more…

everything will be ok

When Life Deals a Harsh Blow

You might have noticed that my blog has been pretty quiet of late. Many of you have asked if we are ok; it’s nice to know that we have been missed. For the most part, I’ve brushed it off, but when the harsh realities of life hit you square between the eyes, you need time […] Read more…

Parenting Teenagers

It’s Not All Bad. Promise.

Remember when you used to dream about being a parent? When you thought that a baby might be the ribbon on that ‘perfect life’ parcel. How did you imagine it would be? Delicious scented babies wrapped in warm fluffy towels? Happy girls in pig-tails, skipping along the road holding mummy’s hand? I’m willing to bet that it didn’t involve a screaming red infant whose […] Read more…

sharing our children's lives online

When is it time to stop blogging?

If there’s one question that has plagued me more than any other throughout the last 4 years, it is this: I don’t think I’m the only family blogger who has felt challenged by this and definitely will not be the last. I know many who have stopped for this reason and others who have continued […] Read more…

Girl playing flute

Just Say ‘No’ (and Mean It)

My eldest daughter and I are very different.  For a long time, I struggled to understand her tendency to opt out of large social gatherings or even care that they were happening without her. I would question her preference to go out on a hack alone, instead of with the other horse-mad girls at the stables. […] Read more…

Escaping from it all

Sometimes You Need to Escape.

Life at the moment is a constant juggle of teenagers and all the mess (literally and emotionally) that goes with them. As if that weren’t enough, I’m supporting my business-owning husband, balancing my time between two jobs and trying so desperately hard not to drop a ball. Ever. The reality is, after working very hard at not dropping […] Read more…

5 THINGS

5 Things My Mum Taught Me About Motherhood

Growing up, I always knew that one day I would like to be a mum. My ultimate goal – back in the day – was to have twins (twice the fun, surely?). I have very clear memories as a 10 year old, tucking my ‘babies’ tightly into the little space in bed next to me at night. Not being a very good […] Read more…

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