Knock-on effect
Apr07

Knock-on effect

My decision to leave work has had a knock-on effect on other people, which I hadn’t really considered until it happened. For me, being able to take my kids to school every day and pick them up again, as well as be there to help them with their homework, was something I really wanted to do. I wanted to make life easier and better for all of us and this seemed like a good way to do it. But as I spend more time with my kids,...

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The Gallery: Sport
Mar25

The Gallery: Sport

Regular readers will know I join in with The Gallery at Sticky Fingers every week. I like doing it. It makes me think about something I wouldn’t otherwise write about – remember an old experience or look at things in a different way. From your point of view as a reader, it also breaks up a whole week of posts on my daughter’s birthday or three whole weeks of posts about moving house. But this week I took a decision....

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Swimming argument
Mar24

Swimming argument

My daughter is a pretty good swimmer. She’s not going to be in the Olympics, she wouldn’t be considered gifted and talented, but she’s pretty good for her age.She’s on the final stage of swimming lessons (of course she could go on to badges and competitive swimming etc, but that’s not the plan). She’s done two terms and we hoped she’d pass this time. This is something her brothers never did....

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Opening the presents (birthday girl)
Mar15

Opening the presents (birthday girl)

We take birthdays pretty seriously in our house, but I don’t think a birthday has ever been quite as anticipated as this one. Not our 40ths last year, not any birthday ever. I don’t know why my daughter decided her 8th birthday was going to be so special and important. But she did. And it was. She started counting down over a month ago. She made a kind of birthday advent calendar that ran to three pages. She made endless...

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Happy birthday 8 year old girl
Mar14

Happy birthday 8 year old girl

My daughter came into this world on her due date exactly eight years ago today. There can be no better indicator of her future personality than that. Eight years on, my baby girl is highly organised and always in control. She follows the rules and does everything by the book. She tries so hard in everything she does and is always quietly determined to be the best. We already had two boys who were as different as chalk and cheese. We...

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I’m Loud ‘n’ Proud! Are you?
Mar13

I’m Loud ‘n’ Proud! Are you?

Being a parent blogger is great – you can have a good moan about all the things that are wrong with your life and your kids. You can turn into comedy if you like, maybe enhance it a little bit to make it even funnier. Or you can get lots of sympathy and useful advice from other parents who have been there, done that and got the Tshirt. But, let’s be honest, life with kids isn’t all bad, is it? In fact a lot of the...

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