The German exchange (missing my son)
Apr08

The German exchange (missing my son)

My son is in Germany right now, on the German exchange. And the house feels pretty empty without him. He set off in the middle of the night over a week ago. It took me ages to get back to sleep. He’s been on so many trips before (including a previous German exchange to the exact same family), but my mind kept wandering to various disasters involving the coach and the ferry. It was Mother’s Day, and I was counting down the...

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The German exchange revisited
Nov29

The German exchange revisited

When my son said goodbye to his German exchange partner when he was in year 9, they agreed they would do it all over again in year 10. But would they even be allowed to do it again? The two boys got on brilliantly right from the start. They shared interests in football and gaming and seemed to have the same sense of humour. They’ve stayed in touch with each other and my son can often be heard laughing with his German friend...

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School attendance – a new perspective
Mar29

School attendance – a new perspective

I’ve always been a big believer in school attendance. I don’t believe in kids staying off school for colds or coughs. At primary school, when kids got 100% attendance certificates, my kids were often among them, and I always felt very proud of them. But recently I’ve had a bit of a change of heart. Over the last couple of years, I’ve come to trust my kids. I know they like school, so if they say they’re...

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The Topman coat
Mar06

The Topman coat

I hadn’t intended to buy my son a new winter coat in February. But he’s had a growth spurt recently and, although still very slim, is 5’ 9” with wide shoulders. His XS men’s Superdry coat he’d had since Year 7 was now too tight and the sleeves were too short. I was going to make him see the winter out in it, but then I remembered… He was going to Germany in February, a place not renowned for its warm temperatures. And if his coat...

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Project 365 2018 Week 9
Mar03

Project 365 2018 Week 9

My son is home from his travels and the Beast from the East arrived, bringing some extremely cold weather. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 56 – Sunday 25th February – I ran six miles for the first time since I got injured nearly four months ago, which I was very pleased about. With my son still on his German exchange until the very end of the day and my husband out all day, I thought I’d have an easy...

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