Archive of ‘School days’ category

Dear Mr Gove

Dear Mr Gove {Since You’ve Been Gone}

Dear Mr Gove, Re: Since You’ve Been Gone It’s been two years now since you formally left the role of Education Secretary. I imagine you’ve probably moved on (whilst nursing a slightly bruised ego after the events in June of this year). Unfortunately, the teachers, parents and children of Britain cannot say the same. We are all […] Read more…

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This Funny Old Life

A mere four months ago I was bemoaning the fact that my eldest daughter had put more effort into finding the right prom dress than anything else all year. This included her impending GCSEs that seemed to be getting more and more neglected as time went on. Having finally found ‘The One’, you might remember that the […] 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…

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Take 5: On Being Brave

“I just live for Fridays” declared my youngest daughter yesterday. She’s hating school at the moment (something that needs exploring) and absolutely adores her youth club on a Friday night. I chuckled with her but kind of felt a bit sad too – should we be wishing away Monday through to Thursday, until we reach the jackpot? […] 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…

therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. each day has enough trouble of its own

One Day at a Time

Today should have been the first of The Teenager’s GCSE exams. She had opted to retake English this year because when she took it last summer (a year early) she “only got a B”. We had discouraged her from re-sitting the exam – a B is perfectly respectable after all – but her school were all […] 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…

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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…

Emilia age 5

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…

Being a School Mum

Now You’re a School Mum….

There are so many blogs offering helpful advice these days. Blogs to help you dress your Christmas tree to perfection, blogs providing a step by step sleep programme for the baby who seems incapable of following the rule book, then there’s me. I generally offer (un)helpful advice about the horror of life with older children (it’s not all bad, honest). […] Read more…

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