Shopping with my daughter
Mar13

Shopping with my daughter

My daughter has loved fashion since she was tiny and has always enjoyed a flick through the Next Directory or a wander round the shop looking at clothes. But since Christmas, she has stepped it up a level. She’s really got into shopping. I enjoyed shopping as a teenager and before I had kids, but it’s a long time since I’ve been to shops for anything more than purely functional reasons. But my daughter has requested...

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Starting the GCSE revision
Mar09

Starting the GCSE revision

Now I’m not sure when the optimum time to start GCSE revision is, but my instinct tells me it’s February half-term – three months before the exams start. Kids these days study for about 10 GCSEs and within those subjects, there are a lot of topics. It’s almost two full years’ work in every subject. Now GCSEs aren’t rocket science (it is a GENERAL certificate of secondary education after all), but to...

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Buying my daughter’s birthday presents
Mar07

Buying my daughter’s birthday presents

I’ve always loved shopping for my daughter’s birthday presents and I still do, even though my daughter is nearly 11. It’s so much more pleasurable than shopping for the boys. One of my sons only ever wants money and the other one never knows what he wants, which makes shopping for him challenging. On the other hand, my daughter normally has a present in mind for herself, plus she’s very easy to buy surprises...

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Quality time with my boy
Mar06

Quality time with my boy

One-to-one quality time with a child is the holy grail for any parent with two or more kids. And it’s not easy to manage with all the other stuff parents have to juggle. Some very good parents actually timetable one-to-one time so that both parents get some individual time with each child. I like to think I’m a good parent, but I’m not as good as that. One-to-one time is something which happens every now and then,...

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Secondary school allocation – she got it!
Mar02

Secondary school allocation – she got it!

It’s almost six months since my daughter sat the grammar school entrance exam she’d worked so hard for. It’s almost five months since we received the great news that she’d reached the pass mark for both girls’ grammar schools. But reaching the pass mark is no guarantee of a place. For many years now, I’d pictured my daughter at a particular girls’ grammar school, although I actually knew very...

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Teens, tweens and personal hygiene
Feb28

Teens, tweens and personal hygiene

Personal hygiene is important for growing kids. I was brought up to shower every day (well, it was a bath when I was little), brush my teeth twice a day and wash my face twice a day. I wore deodorant every day from when I hit puberty. I undid my shoes when I took them off and did them back up when I put them on. I brought my kids up to do the same, really I did. So why the flip don’t they actually do them? I’ll let my...

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