Making friends with a puppy
May24

Making friends with a puppy

Before I had a puppy, I used to see groups of dog owners chatting in the park and assume they were all friends. Of course, they might have been friends, but now I know the more likely truth – they were groups of strangers or semi-strangers, drawn together by their dogs. Because dogs love other dogs. And if your dog is drawn to another dog – particularly if your dog is on a lead – you have no choice but to follow. So...

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‘Not good enough’
Dec07

‘Not good enough’

I always feel very sad when I look at social media and see photos of women who say they feel ‘not good enough’. Not funny enough. Not clever enough. Not pretty enough. Not thin enough. Not young enough. They feel they have no space in the social media world because their house isn’t tidy enough or doesn’t have all the latest things. That is so sad, isn’t it? And such a waste of their lives, which should...

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Running clothes, recycling and the kindness of strangers
Feb24

Running clothes, recycling and the kindness of strangers

A few months ago, I wrote this post – all about the importance of wearing our clothes for longer in the interests of the environment. For running clothes, it should be particularly as they don’t even ‘need’ to match. Buying too many clothes and not getting full use out of them is bad for the environment both in terms of the manufacturing process and disposal. While many of us pass clothing on to charity, a...

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Safe space blogging: Trying to fit in
May09

Safe space blogging: Trying to fit in

I’m pleased to be able to offer my blog to parents of older children as a safe space to blog anonymously. It will both help them to offload and help other parents who may be going through the same situations in silence. Today I welcome a fourth anonymous blogger to the blog, whose daughter just wanted to fit in. My daughter who is in year 11 at school fell out with her group of friends, who she’d hung around with since...

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Panto 2017: It’s all over
Jan03

Panto 2017: It’s all over

And, just like that, panto is over for another year. And it’s been another fabulous year. Twenty five performances over 15 days, 16 rehearsals in two and a half weeks and eight disrupted school days. All over. This year, they squeezed the panto into four weeks rather than the usual five, but had only four shows less. There was a handful of days with three performances. On those days, one chorus team did two shows and one did...

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