This week, last week
Jun29

This week, last week

June is always a busy month for us. We have two birthdays and other stuff just keeps cropping up all the time. Our lives are always busy anyway, with three kids, three schools (OK, not right now) and loads of after school activities. But this year, with one child just finished GCSEs and one about to leave primary school, June has taken on a whole new level of craziness. Things that I should be enjoying just become a massive chore to...

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‘They’ll have to give something up’
Sep20

‘They’ll have to give something up’

Naively, I thought the extra-curricular activities might be easier to juggle this term. My daughter would be back to one ballet class a week, after doing two a week since just before Easter, and she would no longer be going to her tutor. So that was two activities less per week! Easy, right? Er – no. Because when my son informed me, with just a day’s notice, that his school rugby would now be on a Tuesday, it all came...

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Overwhelmed
Sep24

Overwhelmed

There was a week or so towards the end of the school holidays when I wanted it all over. I wanted the kids back at school. They were arguing, fighting, bullying, niggling. They were being nasty to each other and they were driving me mad. They needed the routine. So did I. But be careful what you wish for… Because being back at school means letters and cheques and emails. It mean dance lessons and Scouts and football. It means...

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