Safe space blogging: The hair removal issue
Jul04

Safe space blogging: The hair removal issue

Sometimes parenting teenagers isn’t about the big stuff. Sometimes as parents we don’t know the answers to the small questions either. This week’s Safe space blogging post is from a mum in exactly that position. My daughter is 13, so I have been parenting a girl for 13 years. I should know a lot about girls. Certainly more than someone who has, for example, a 6 year old daughter. But I have two older boys and...

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The athlete and the broken bone (and dreams)
Jul03

The athlete and the broken bone (and dreams)

Yesterday I told you how my son had achieved his dream of qualifying for the national athletics competition. After coming second at the regional competition, with a massive long jump PB of 6.51, his coaches said: ‘Now wrap him in cotton wool’. They were joking of course. He’s young and fit. He needed to keep training and keep competing. He had two more competitions before the big day – both representing his...

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The athlete and the national competition
Jul02

The athlete and the national competition

A few weeks ago, my son who was already doing incredible things as an athlete took it up to the next level. He only went and came second in a regional competition with a massive new long jump PB of 6.51 – smashing the qualifying standard to make it through to the national competition. We just couldn’t believe it. Couldn’t believe that he had jumped that far and couldn’t believe that he had reached national...

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Why running with Strava may not be right for you
Jul01

Why running with Strava may not be right for you

Strava is a fitness social media that is very popular with runners and cyclists. It tracks activities using GPS, then runners and cyclists upload them, so that other Strava users, can see them. You can choose whether to share this information publicly, or just among your followers. For many runners and cyclists, it is a great motivational tool. There is potentially a lot of pleasure to be had from seeing that you’ve run a...

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Happy birthday, 18 year old boy!
Jun27

Happy birthday, 18 year old boy!

Happy birthday to my biggest boy, who is 18 today! I can’t quite believe that my tiny firstborn is now an adult. Although to be fair I can’t really remember life without him. My boy came into the world after a long labour, shortly after midnight on Wednesday 27th June and three days early. Tradition dictated he should have been born on Tuesday 26th June. My siblings and I were all four days early, while my husband and his...

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Volunteering at parkrun
Jun25

Volunteering at parkrun

Every parkrun event you ever go to, whether in the UK or around the world, is completely run by volunteers. That’s a huge commitment by a dedicated group of people to ensure others in their community have a weekly event to keep them fit and get them out in the fresh air and meeting people. Each event is run by a core team of volunteers. This may be a group of people who already know each other, or they may have been brought...

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