Brother and sister
May21

Brother and sister

With their brother away on his French exchange, my younger two children seem different. Like there’s a weight off their shoulders. They seem happier, lighter, more relaxed. Nicer, even. They are getting on so well together – chatting, laughing, singing, dancing. I see glimpses of this in the mornings on school days, when they chat about the minutiae of life at their school – who said what, who did what, who was...

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The peanut allergy and the risk assessment
May20

The peanut allergy and the risk assessment

My eldest has a peanut allergy. I’ll be honest, we don’t give it much thought. The rest of us love peanut butter and having a boy who’s allergic to peanuts in the family doesn’t stop us. We just know to be very careful with hand and utensil washing after eating it or making sandwiches – and not to make his sandwiches at the same time. We didn’t even realise he had the allergy until he was nearly 10....

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The French exchange
May19

The French exchange

So my son has gone away on his French exchange. He’s not overly keen on French, so I was surprised (but pleased) when he said he wanted to go. Over the last couple of weeks he’s got really excited about it. And no wonder! What an opportunity – to go away with your friends, to another country, to make new friends and stay with a French family. My son goes to the same secondary school I went to. Remarkably, they are...

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Screen time update
May18

Screen time update

It’s been about a month since I set new screen time rules for my kids. They were very specific and I wasn’t sure how they would work, but I promised I’d report back! There were people who thought my rules were too strict and plenty of people who thought they were very generous – it turns out that lots of kids only get an hour of screen time a day. But I was confident they were the right rules for MY family. The...

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Silent Sunday 17.5.15
May17

Silent Sunday 17.5.15

 

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