The graduate

The graduate

Yesterday, on the day when hundreds of thousands of teenagers found out their A-level results, Toby received two certificates: one for participating in sports day and the other to mark his departure from preschool. In less than four weeks’ time. he’ll be going to ‘big boy school’. It’s a big step for a 4½-year-old who … Continue reading

Light at the end of the tunnel

Light at the end of the tunnel

In between playing with loom bands, trying out their new outdoor trampoline and dressing up in skirts and tutus – a regular and amusing habit that, contrary to any rumours you may have heard, they have not inherited from their father – I am gratified to see how well our two boys are now playing … Continue reading

Why one-child parents aren’t selfish

Why one-child parents aren’t selfish

Sian over at The Adventures of a Potty Mouthed Mummy wrote an excellent post recently about how annoying it is to be asked, as a mother of one, when the next baby will be coming along and how some people even regard it as selfish and unfair on the child when parents decide that one … Continue reading

My month in Instagrams: July 2014

My month in Instagrams: July 2014

July was a glorious month weather-wise, so looking back on my month’s Instagrams it’s no surprise that a lot of them involve the kids playing outdoors. From paddling pools to theme parks, they’ve packed an entire summer’s worth of fun into one month. We have to take advantage of the good weather while we can! … Continue reading

10 top tips for surviving Legoland

10 top tips for surviving Legoland

It’s that time of the year when thousands of families descend on what used to be Windsor Safari Park but is now nirvana for lovers of brightly coloured construction bricks from Denmark. Kids love Legoland, but as a parent it can be an experience that leaves nerves frayed and wallets emptied. Here are ten top … Continue reading

One-on-one

One-on-one

Another year has flown by. Isaac’s school broke up for the summer holidays on Wednesday, and to celebrate I took Thursday off to treat him to a one-on-one day together. It’s safe to say he was excited. On Monday he typed up a list of things we could do together, which we then whittled down … Continue reading

Better blogging: 10 grammar traps to avoid

Better blogging: 10 grammar traps to avoid

One of the things that can quickly turn me off a blog is reading posts which are peppered with basic grammatical errors. I don’t expect perfection but, by the time I’ve noticed the fifth error in the opening paragraph of a post, I’ll be irked enough that I’ll be flicking my mouse cursor over to … Continue reading

The simple things

The simple things

In amongst the whirl of iPads, DVDs and all the other technological accoutrements of modern family life, it’s so often the simple things that our kids keep coming back to. They’re largely the same things which gave me hours of fun when I was their age. But when did I forget about these? Somewhere along … Continue reading