The family holiday
Sep17

The family holiday

We recently took a family holiday to Center Parcs, to celebrate my mum’s 70th birthday. It’s the first time we’d all been away together. There are 13 of us – aged between 3 and 73. There’s my mum and dad, myself, my brother and my sister, our other halves and five kids – my three and my sister’s two. I wondered how it would work out, as we’ve never spent that much time together before....

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Holiday with our teenager
Aug31

Holiday with our teenager

We have two teenage boys. While one of them displays some definite teenage behaviour – he’s stubborn, he goes to bed to late and he is addicted to his phone – it is the other who is the ‘true’ teenager. At 16, he can at times behave like a mature and responsible young adult. He is a pleasure to spend time with on his own. But bring his brother and sister into the equation and he is a typical teenager. He...

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The big Scout camp
Aug03

The big Scout camp

After my daughter’s first, failed Scout camp experience just a few weeks ago, I was seriously worried about whether she would survive her first big Scout camp. My husband was utterly convinced she wouldn’t even go. A week before the camp, she said ‘I don’t want to go’. I talked about it briefly, but didn’t make a big deal out of it and didn’t mention it again. I just focused on the positives...

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Being invested as a Scout
Feb16

Being invested as a Scout

My daughter has recently been invested as a Scout. The normal length of time from joining Scouts to being invested is about 4-6 weeks, but it had been a lot longer for my daughter. Our Scouts tends to give out badges in bundles once or twice a year, rather than awarding them every few weeks, and they tend to invest Scouts somewhat later than the 4-6 weeks. But it doesn’t matter. They are a brilliant Scout group and they are too...

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Happy birthday, 13 year old boy!
Oct20

Happy birthday, 13 year old boy!

Well, we have another teenager in the house! My beautiful boy, my amazing young son, you are 13 today. Looking back at photos from the last year, I realise you’ve grown and matured a lot in the last year. You’re not at the scary turning-into-a-man thing your brother has just been through, but I guess it’s not too far off. You’re very nearly as tall as me now. You’re still loving school. You’re...

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