My favourite waste of time

My favourite waste of time

I’m not a morning person at the best of times and the onset of winter makes me even less inclined to bounce out of bed early. That reluctance is made even greater by the presence of a night-time visitor in our bed: Kara.Our daughter has been a regular interloper for several months now. She habitually … Continue reading

The Christmas letter

The Christmas letter

November 21st. Shops are full of Christmas-related merchandise. Two boxes of mince pies have already been consumed. I caught the Pogues’ Fairytale of New York on the TV last night – my personal milestone for denoting the start of the official run-up to Christmas. And the boys decided this morning that they’re going to write … Continue reading

On your bike

On your bike

As a parent, there’s a temptation to hurry our children on to the next milestone the moment we think they’re ready. This starts early in their lives: skipping a night-time feed, moving from crib to cot to bed, sleep training, crawling and walking, toilet training – the list goes on. In so many respects, it’s … Continue reading

Carrying the one

Carrying the one

Last week it was all about the hand-writing. This week Isaac has been learning about column addition in maths and in the blink of an eye he showed us both the positive and the not-so-positive side of his perfectionist nature. First the positives. He came bounding in from after-school club last night overflowing with enthusiasm … Continue reading

My month in Instagrams: October 2014

My month in Instagrams: October 2014

The clocks may have gone back and it is officially autumn, but you wouldn’t think it given the pleasantly mild and sunny weather we’ve been enjoying this week. Nonetheless, we’ve negotiated our first half-term with two of our three kids in school as well as a long family weekend and, of course, that increasingly commercial … Continue reading

The write stuff

The write stuff

One of our friends gave Isaac a gift of a notebook the other day. She knows him well. It’s the best present our studious eldest child could have. Like father, like son. Isaac is a wordsmith at heart. In the same way that some kids spend hours kicking a football around to develop their ball … Continue reading

Faded glories, lifelong memories

Faded glories, lifelong memories

At the end of our four-day half-term getaway, each of our three children had a huge meltdown. That counts as a successful holiday to me. This is the fifth consecutive year we’ve been to Butlins. Having been to Minehead the last couple of times, this year we returned to Bognor Regis for our annual taste … Continue reading