Finding time to unwind
Oct26

Finding time to unwind

It’s not easy to unwind as a parent. Sometimes it can feel almost impossible. But it’s important that we take a little bit of time to do it, for our own health and wellbeing. And if parents are healthy and happy, that has a really positive effect on the kids too. I’ve got three ways to unwind. For me, the biggest one is running. You can’t beat it – the feeling of strength, the adrenaline, the fresh...

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He’s not so bad really
Oct25

He’s not so bad really

Sometimes, my teenage son drives me insane. He ticks every teenage box there is to tick. He leaves damp towels and dirty clothes all over the bathroom floor. He goes to bed far too late and then struggles to get out of bed. He makes himself snacks and doesn’t clear up the kitchen. He interrupts me with a pointless question or statement when I’m busy with something else, talking to someone else or even on the phone. There...

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Silent Sunday 23.10.16
Oct23

Silent Sunday 23.10.16

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Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris
Oct21

Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris

A friend lent me this book and didn’t tell me much about it, just that I would enjoy it (we have very similar taste in books). I’m glad she didn’t go into too much detail, because you really need to read this book and discover it for yourself. The cover of Behind Closed Doors makes no attempts to hide what it’s about – with the strap line – The perfect marriage or the perfect lie? Hmm, I wonder...

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Happy birthday, 13 year old boy!
Oct20

Happy birthday, 13 year old boy!

Well, we have another teenager in the house! My beautiful boy, my amazing young son, you are 13 today. Looking back at photos from the last year, I realise you’ve grown and matured a lot in the last year. You’re not at the scary turning-into-a-man thing your brother has just been through, but I guess it’s not too far off. You’re very nearly as tall as me now. You’re still loving school. You’re...

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