Some matters of law and order
Aug31

Some matters of law and order

This is my kids’ attempt to unravel the dark mysteries of crime, law and order. Crime and criminals are in equal parts scary and intriguing for kids. Most pre-school kids don’t even really believe criminals exist. LG was 4 1/4 when she asked all of these. LG: Are robbers actually from this country? LG: How do the police know if someone’s been naughty? LG: People who go to jail, do they stay there forever? LG: If you...

Read More
Another random selection
Aug30

Another random selection

A random bunch of questions (and a couple of answers) from B1 and LG. Me: Why didn’t you eat your fishcakes, B1? B1 age 9: Because it’s Wednesday. LG age 4 1/4: What’s the government? Do they give us houses? Do they give us trees? Do they give us cars? LG age 4 1/4: Why is the world in Great Britain? Why is Italy in Great Britain? LG age 4 1/4: When is 5 o’clock? Is it midnight? LG age 4 1/4: Do you know why...

Read More
My girl
Aug29

My girl

Growing up, I always wanted girls. It was mainly to with the clothes. I named my daughter in 1996, but didn’t give birth to her until ten years later. By then I’d had two gorgeous boys and, to be honest, I didn’t even want a girl any more. There seemed something pure about the idea of three boys. I imagined myself walking along holding hands with three adorable boys kitted out in blue and khaki. What was I thinking?!...

Read More
Home alone
Aug28

Home alone

Today I am on my own. Yep, on my own. No kids, no husband. I love it, it’s such a rare treat, and I am going to enjoy it! Will I be clubbing, partying, going out with my friends? No, I will be SITTING DOWN. When I was younger I hated being on my own. Growing up with a brother and a sister, friends always in and out and a mum who didn’t work for large chunks of my childhood, I was used to being surrounded by people. And...

Read More
More on pregnancy and birth aka babies and minnies
Aug27

More on pregnancy and birth aka babies and minnies

Some more of the mysteries of birth, babies, and ‘minnies’. All from my daughter, aged 5. Mummy, did you need a wee when your baby was coming? Did your baby come out of your minnie? Why can’t you have a baby when you’re a Grandma? What if you were swimming and your baby came out of your minnie? I don’t even remember coming out of your minnie. Do the boys remember it? When you were little, did you ask...

Read More