Little visitors 2
Apr23

Little visitors 2

Our house has a long, and not proud, history with small rodent visitors. A few years ago, we took the selection boxes out of the hidey-hole on Christmas Eve and they were damaged. ‘Looks like the mice have had these,’ I joked. But then we looked more closely and realised it wasn’t a joke. The mice really HAD got them. The kids had less chocolate for Christmas that year. Fast forward a few years to Easter two years...

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‘The costume’
Apr21

‘The costume’

My daughter loved her new ballet class last week and her teacher said she did really well and listened well. But all my daughter can talk about is ‘the costume’. Not the uniform, the outfit, the kit, the gear, it’s the COSTUME. ‘When can I get the costume?’ This would be the costume consisting of leotard, ballet shoes, ballet socks, ballet cardigan and ‘practice skirt’. The...

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School trip
Apr19

School trip

In a few weeks, my eldest is going on a residential school trip. He will be away from Monday to Friday. It won’t be his first time away from home – he did a two night residential in Year 4 and a three night Cub camp when he was only just 9. It will be a brilliant experience – independence, fresh air, new activities, new friends – and it looks like an amazing place. They will be abseiling and surfing. They are...

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Animals
Apr19

Animals

We share the world with them, but how much do we really know about animals? Not a lot, it would seem, if my kids are anything to go by. B1 age 9 3/4: Would you like a pet albatross? B1 age 9 3/4: Do you think there’s any sort of bird you can ride on? LG age 5: I’m lucky I wasn’t a tiny creature or I might have been stepped on. B2 age 7 1/2: There’s a dead snail there covered in snail blood. Snail blood’s...

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Puberty at 6?
Apr18

Puberty at 6?

Since when did puberty for girls start at 6 or 7? My daughter is a fairly tall, fairly skinny 6 year old. She’s not VERY tall or VERY skinny, but she’s one of the tallest in her year and I must say the other tall girls in Year 1 do have slightly more meat on their bones. Anyway, being fairly tall she is too tall for 5-6 clothes. So she needs 6-7 clothes. Or age 6 or age 7, however the particular shops work their sizes. But...

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