Safe space blogging: Unable to share pregnancy news
Apr04

Safe space blogging: Unable to share pregnancy news

Last week I told you I would be offering my blog to parents of older children as a safe space to blog anonymously. It will both help them to offload and help other parents who may be going through the same situations in silence. I’m pleased to welcome my first anonymous blogger today. My son and his wife are having a baby. At the time of writing, our daughter-in-law is 16 weeks pregnant and we’ve known for nine weeks. We fully...

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The A Level mock results
Apr02

The A Level mock results

My son changed schools for 6th form because he wanted to better himself. I was very proud of him for doing that. He could have very easily stayed where he was and continued to sail under the radar in a large comprehensive school. He’s a boy of above average intelligence and reasonably well behaved. The sort of kid that goes entirely unnoticed at a large comprehensive – not good enough for praise, not bad enough for...

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Leaving the kids home alone
Apr01

Leaving the kids home alone

Knowing when to leave your kids home alone is a very gradual thing and there are no definite rules on it. You just have to know your own child and what they can cope with. I started leaving my eldest on his own briefly as soon as he started secondary school. Not long afterwards, I started leaving my younger son (who was 9) with him for short periods of time. Last year, we left my eldest on his own for a weekend and we would leave my...

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A (blogging) safe space
Mar28

A (blogging) safe space

Earlier this week, I wrote about my first ever blogging wobble. With my youngest child now a teenager and my eldest fast approaching adulthood, I’ve started to question whether I should still be blogging about them. But I love blogging. It’s a great outlet for getting thoughts and feelings out, as well as connecting with parents in a similar situation. I had some great suggestions of slightly different directions I could...

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My biggest teenage parenting struggle
Mar26

My biggest teenage parenting struggle

I’m nearly five years into parenting teenagers. I now have three teenagers – one of them nearly an adult, one who is 15 and a half and one who is just 13. I’ll be honest, I’ve been pretty lucky with them. Yes, they can be stubborn sods. They argue with each other too much. They’re a nightmare to get out of bed. They go to bed too late and one of them is very, very untidy. BUT they don’t argue with...

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A blogging blip
Mar25

A blogging blip

I started blogging seven and a half years ago and, in that time, I’ve never questioned myself. Never wondered if I was doing the right thing. Never felt I needed to change to ‘fit in’. Never sold myself out for views or money. I’ve just been me. My blog hasn’t provided me with fame and fortune, but that was never the intention. It has always been an enjoyable hobby, somewhere that I can just let my own...

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