The mystery of pregnancy and birth
Aug26

The mystery of pregnancy and birth

The mystery of pregnancy and birth – how the blinking flip do babies get out? And what happens to them on the inside? Luckily and surprisingly, no-one has ever asked me how they got there in the first place! LG age 4 1/4: When babies are in mummies’ tummies, do they get all dirty when the mummy eats food? B1 age 9: What would happen if you were a man and you gave birth? B2 age 6 3/4: How did your tummy make me so big...

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The best kids’ books from todders to tweens
Aug25

The best kids’ books from todders to tweens

I love reading. I love reading myself, I love reading to my kids and they (and their friends!) love listening to me read. I’m pleased to say it’s rubbed off and my boys are often to be found buried in a book. But what to read to kids? These are my experiences and recommendations. My introduction to children’s books wasn’t great and I felt distinctly downhearted. Once we’d got past the board books with a...

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A few burning issues from a 4 year old
Aug24

A few burning issues from a 4 year old

Some burning issues and important questions on life, death and everything in between from my daughter when she was 4 1/4. How does people’s hair get wet when they cry? Why do fish get sad when they get eaten? It’s very hot in the tummy and they like to be in cold water. When will all the people in England get dead? How old is Daddy? Me: 37. When he was 36 he went through an orange traffic light and a red traffic light. Did...

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The bed time marathon
Aug23

The bed time marathon

My kids are not babies. Far from it. At 10, and entering his final year at primary school, my eldest is more tween than toddler, and even my daughter’s toddler days are half a lifetime ago. But putting the three of them to bed is like turning the Titanic. My husband, usually hovering in the background dealing with urgent work emails on his iPhone, says they don’t need ‘putting to bed’. Apparently they put...

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The joys of fussy eaters
Aug22

The joys of fussy eaters

‘Daddy, I don’t much like food from fields’ my daughter announced at the table yesterday. And what poisonous ‘food from fields’ were we trying to feed her? CORN ON THE COB. It’s the same as sweetcorn from a tin, which she will eat, but a bit nicer. To food from fields you can add food from trees, food from foreign countries and any food that is mixed up and includes sauce. The only food my kids...

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