Teachers’ strike
Nov30

Teachers’ strike

So the teachers are on strike and I am at home with the kids, and do you know what? I don’t even mind. They may be right, they may be wrong, they may be selfish or irresponsible. Say what you like, it’s not going to change things. They are on strike, school is closed and I am just going to go with it. I see it as a rare and precious gift. I don’t get much quality time with my kids. We are always under pressure,...

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The best kids’ TV
Nov29

The best kids’ TV

Kids’ TV first came into our lives about nine years ago, when my eldest was 18 months. It came to us in the form of CBeebies. And CBeebies stayed with us until earlier this year, when my daughter finally decided she preferred CBBC. Until that time, they had all, to a greater or lesser extent, carried on watching CBeebies. Even at 10, my boy would watch Gigglebiz (genuinely hilarious), Octonauts (generally fab) and Grandpa in My...

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Monday mornings
Nov28

Monday mornings

Call me a freak, but I LOVE MONDAY MORNINGS! After a weekend spent on windy touchlines, doing huge quantities of washing and stressing about homework, it is a pleasure to get up and go to work. What makes it even more of a pleasure is that it’s the only morning of the week when I really do GET UP AND GO TO WORK. Do not pass go, do not collect £200, do not make three breakfasts and a load of packed lunches. Monday is the one day...

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The Longest Day part 6
Nov27

The Longest Day part 6

It’s mid-afternoon on that day last August when I just wondered how many questions my kids asked in a day. So I wrote them down. The results surprised even me. The questions aren’t always funny. Sometimes they are actually relevant or make sense. But they are continuous. There is no let-up. If you don’t know what it’s like to have three children read parts 1-6 one after the other. Then have a long lie down. If...

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Green
Nov26

Green

I like having a perfectionist for a daughter. It means she tries her very hardest in everything she does. It also means she keeps her bedroom tidy and puts things away – result! Just occasionally, though, it can be a little wearing. My girl has to wear all green for her Christmas play. ALL green. Green top and green trousers or skirt. And bare feet. No footwear, she keeps reminding me, having read the letter herself. I have less...

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