Olympic torch
May24

Olympic torch

Having kids has made me really appreciate big national celebrations. They are something we can enjoy together, along with whatever friends and family wish to join us, as well as sharing the media coverage on TV, newspapers and online. We can feel a tiny part of something big and historic. The Golden Jubilee in 2002 didn’t register for me. I had one child and he was 11 months old. But now… Royal wedding, Olympics, Diamond...

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New shoes
May22

New shoes

My name is MumofThree and I am a bad mum. Why am I a bad mum? Because I don’t even have time to get my own son a new pair of school shoes. It was last Monday, yes, over a week ago, when my younger son came out of school and showed me his ruined shoes. The leather is coming unstitched and there are holes in the soles. This is the pair of shoes he’s had since September and he plays football in them at break time, so...

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Inappropriate
May18

Inappropriate

Recently I have noticed some inappropriate behaviour creeping into my house. I suppose I might have to call it ‘sexualised’, although I hate to link that word with my kids. It’s hard to know how to react to this sort of thing. Do I make a big deal out of it and ban them from ever saying those words/ behaving in that way again? Or do I just completely ignore it? Do I have a calm conversation with them about it? Well,...

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Worrier
May18

Worrier

I am a worrier. I think most mums are. I know some mums who worry more than me and some who worry less. I have the greatest admiration for mums who don’t worry, people who take what life throws at them and deal with it. Sadly, I am not one of those people and I would give anything to be one. Because worrying doesn’t make life better or easier. It doesn’t stop things happening, it just means you live life in a state...

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More on bodies and bodily functions
May17

More on bodies and bodily functions

Our bodies do some interesting things, particularly farting, weeing and pooing. Here are some mysteries about the human body from my eternally inquisitive kids… B2 age 7 1/2: How may out of 10 people are double-jointed? B2 age 7 1/2: If I could lose one thing my brain does, it would be pain. LG age 5 (in a toilet cubicle): It says no smoking in here, but what if you were smoking and you need the toilet? B1 age 9 3/4: Why do...

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