The Scout and the bike accident
Aug27

The Scout and the bike accident

My eldest can be a pain in the ar*e approximately 95% of the time. But, when the chips are down, he surprises us all and reminds us what a lovely son and brother he really is. I took the kids for a bike ride the other day. We agreed that the boys would ride on ahead, sticking together, and I would ride with my daughter. We’d gone about 100 metres when my younger son wobbled, skidded and fell off his bike in truly spectacular...

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Struggling with my boys
Aug26

Struggling with my boys

I’ve got to the point in the school holidays where I’ve had enough. Those boys who went away for 12 days and I really missed? I’m struggling with them. On paper, my 14 year old son isn’t a bad teenager at all. He doesn’t drink or smoke or do drugs. He behaves himself at school (although he doesn’t work much). There are no concerns about underage sex. He doesn’t give his parents cheek or have...

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Silent Sunday 23.8.15
Aug22

Silent Sunday 23.8.15

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H Fitting
Aug20

H Fitting

Dear Shoe Manufacturers My son is nearly 12. He is the nicest boy you could ever wish to meet. He is good at sport and funny and very clever. Because he’s so clever, he’s going to grammar school. He’s growing up and he’s looking forward to going to his new school. He wants to look his best. He’s got a smart uniform and a cool new bag. He wants shoes to fit his new grown up life and his fantastic new...

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Cheltenham half marathon 2015: The end of the road
Aug19

Cheltenham half marathon 2015: The end of the road

I was feeling pretty pleased with myself after my first half marathon training run a few weeks ago. There’s a special feeling you get when you’ve run that far – adrenaline and pride and strength all rolled into one. Running eight miles is an achievement in anyone’s book and it’s a positive feeling that lasts for a couple of days. I love having the aim of training for a race. It gives me a focus for a few...

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