Still Daddy’s girl
Aug10

Still Daddy’s girl

When my daughter was away on her school residential, the other girls said they missed their mums. And my daughter didn’t get that. Not because she didn’t miss me, but because she missed her Daddy too. Why didn’t the other girls miss their dads? Why didn’t they mention them? She just couldn’t get her head round it. I know it is always said that dads and daughters have a great bond, but I don’t have...

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Stranger danger
Jul14

Stranger danger

Every week, my daughter and I walk my sons down to Scouts. They’re big boys and they’d rather we didn’t go with them – it’s not cool to turn up with your mum and sister. But we like the little walk and they know the deal – if they don’t let us walk down with them, they don’t get a treat from the fundraising tuck shop. Often, my eldest tries to give us the slip and runs off early....

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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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Dear Kids…
Jun21

Dear Kids…

Dear Kids,I’m going away for two days, I’ve been looking forward to it for a year. It sounds silly, but it’s only really this morning that it’s hit me. I won’t see you for two days.I never leave you. I’m with you all the time. Nagging you. But also giving you lots of hugs and just enjoying being with you. I’m really going to miss you.The only time I’ve been away before was on a course...

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The Gallery: Dads
Jun19

The Gallery: Dads

Last week I shared with you the story of my husband’s 40 years in a single post. One short paragraph stood out for me as I wrote it and read it back. I’m sure it would have done for anyone reading the post too: When he was just 13, tragedy struck. His Dad died of cancer after a short illness. They’d had a special bond and it hit the boy hard. I wrote that post and I wanted to include photos of my husband as a little...

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