What if? (Grammar school entrance)
Oct01

What if? (Grammar school entrance)

What if he doesn’t get the marks? What if he doesn’t get the school? What if he doesn’t get his second choice school? What if he doesn’t get into his brother’s comprehensive? What if plan C has to become plan A? What is plan D and plan E? What if? What if? What if? It’s a few days now until we (hopefully) get some answers. If he comes out in the top 120, everything is fine. I’m not sure how...

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The grammar school test – how did it go?
Sep16

The grammar school test – how did it go?

After a morning of hoovering and bathroom cleaning to take my mind off things, I joined the massive queue of parents waiting to pick their kids up from the grammar school entrance exam. Would I even find my boy among all these people? And then I spotted him through the crowd – he’s taller than most and he stands out with his glasses on. He bounded over with a smile on his face. How was it? It wasn’t too bad....

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Year 6
Sep03

Year 6

Here we go again. Year 6. The emotional rollercoaster. The year that starts with applying for secondary school and the grammar school entrance exam (well, for us anyway) and ends with SATs, the residential school trip and the emotion of the leavers’ assembly. Year 6 is a funny time. It does strange things to kids. Suddenly they are big fish in a small pond. They grow, both metaphorically and in reality, to fit the ‘big...

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Return to Snowdon
Aug29

Return to Snowdon

Every year my husband and his old best friend take their kids on a camping trip. It’s a tradition that stretches back about 10 years. On that very first camping trip there was just the two dads, my eldest and my husband’s friend’s daughter, 18 months older than my son and at that time an only child.  The camping trips alternated between closer to us (usually the Malverns or Forest of Dean) and closer to them (usually...

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The new Scout
Jul15

The new Scout

Scouting has always been my eldest’s thing. He loves everything about Scouts. My younger son went to Cubs and he enjoyed it. He behaved himself, tried hard and came home happy. He became a sixer at a young age, just as he’d become a lodge leader early at Beavers, but he never really got Scouting like his brother. But all that has changed. Because now he’s an actual Scout. I must admit, I was dubious about him even...

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The cost of feeding a child
Jul11

The cost of feeding a child

How much does it cost to raise a child? To be honest, if we knew in advance I think it might put a lot of people off having children. But children are priceless, aren’t they? If, however, you do want to work out how much it will cost to bring a new life into the world – or how much your existing children are costing you to keep, you need to consider the age of the child age and also things like food, transport, hobbies and...

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