Posts Tagged ‘School Days’

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Take 5: Doing the Hippy Shake

Morning all. It’s Fridayyyyyyyy! I hope you’ve got some lovely things planned for the weekend. To save you from drivel overload, I’m going to get straight down to our ‘Take 5 Friday‘ moments for this week… 1. OUT WITH THE OLD It’s really happening. The Boy will be leaving primary school in a matter of […] Read more…

Take 5: Ups and Downs

Welcome to Friday folks. It’s a nice feeling knowing that we have a 3 day weekend ahead isn’t it? We are planning a visit to The Teenager on Saturday, some time in the garden on Sunday and on Monday, we would like to introduce our other two children to the joys of badminton. We’ve joined a new gym […] 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…

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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…

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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…

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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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School: Getting Back into the Groove.

We’re finally here – the first day of year 5 for my youngest and the last day of the school holidays for my girls. Tomorrow sees The Teenager commencing her GCSE syllabus and my sociable Tween returning to her friendship fold.  The first day of term always unearths a mixture of emotions for me. I […] Read more…

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It’s Time

Yes I know I’ve been absent without trace for the last 10 days *blows tumble weed off blog* but I’ve been busy breaking up fights having fun with my kids. This year I vowed to make the most of the 6 week break, (rather than wishing it away) and I think I’ve achieved that. But […] Read more…

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The Final Curtain

As the final curtain falls on another school year, I’ve spent a little time reflecting on the last 10 months. Like most homes, we tend to start every school year full of enthusiasm for the new teacher/classroom/friends/pencil case (remember that simple pleasure?!) that September brings. There’s usually a lull somewhere in the middle (the February […] Read more…

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Two Small Fishes?

On our return from holiday earlier this year, I reluctantly turned my attention to the pile of mail which had accumulated over the 7 days we were absent.  In amongst the bills and junk mail lay two letters, proper letters, ones I had come to recognise as being from the girls’ secondary school.  Having only […] Read more…

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A Younger Me – The School Report

Me aged 12 (and yes, I look exactly like my son!) Thirty years on and my memories of secondary school days are somewhat hazy (looking at that hairstyle, I would imagine this is a good thing!). There are of course certain elements that I will never forget: the painstaking walk home which was, in reality, […] Read more…

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Big Brother is Watching You

When you dream of becoming a parent, your mind is awash with baby cuddles, cute outfits and coffee mornings with the yummy mummies. The reality is a harsh mix of inconsolable crying (from both parties), sore nipples and unintentional pyjama days! But these days, a new parent is signing up to a whole lot more […] Read more…

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Pulling Teeth

This week has seen our first real encounter with revision. You may gather from the title of this post, that it has not gone well. I have very clear memories of my own revision techniques, aged 15 – books spread across the dining room table, no sensible plan written down, furious note-taking in progress. And […] Read more…

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