Surviving Scout camp
Aug14

Surviving Scout camp

Scout camps (and school residentials) can be tough for fussy eaters. The food is good – filling and well-balanced, with plenty of protein, carbs and fruit and veg to keep kids full of energy for the activities they’re doing. It might be stew, sausage and mash, stir fry or spaghetti bolognese. But that can be a minefield for fussy eaters. I’ll always remember my eldest’s first Cub camp when he was 9. He was away...

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The middle child (taking my eye off the ball)
Jun09

The middle child (taking my eye off the ball)

Of all my kids, my younger son has always been the easiest. He has never been any trouble at all. My eldest has always been the one who has challenged me the most. Not surprising, really, because everything he does is a first time – he’s paving the way for his siblings and we’re all making mistakes along the way. Poor kid. My daughter is, and always has been, an utter delight. But she is a bit highly strung and does...

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Testing times
Apr30

Testing times

Once a week, usually on a Sunday, sometimes on a Saturday (we don’t like to be too predictable) we encourage our kids to eat something different. We’re not talking swordfish or venison, asparagus, or even broccoli. We’re talking about a few slices of carrot, a couple of green beans, a veggie lasagne or a mild chicken curry. We put the food on their plates, give them a bit of encouragement, maybe nag them a bit, and...

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Jack Spratt
Apr03

Jack Spratt

My kids are eating their favourite tea (Pizza Fingers and potato waffles – the shame) when my eldest says: ‘The Bird’s Eye ones are nicer.’ We usually have Bird’s Eye waffles, but the Tesco Gods weren’t smiling on us last week and we got a substitution on our delivery – Tesco own brand waffles. I always think long and hard about substitutions, because I know just how fussy my kids are, how...

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Food, cars, travel
Oct31

Food, cars, travel

I never wanted to be one of those families that didn’t go on foreign holidays because they didn’t like foreign food (or ‘foreign muck’ as it would no doubt be described in a sitcom). But that’s pretty much what we’ve become. And you can add foreign drink to the foreign food. I’d like to say it’s just the kids, but I have to admit it’s me as well. I love Indian food and Thai food....

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