My university days
Oct16

My university days

I saw a post on Instagram recently by my friend Helen aka Actually Mummy about university and it struck a huge chord. University days are the best days of your life, right? Not for me they weren’t. I didn’t know much about university. None of my family went there. Most of what I knew came from a friend whose parents had both gone there and met their friends for life there. My friend knew for certain that she would meet her...

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Safe space blogging: The hair removal issue
Jul04

Safe space blogging: The hair removal issue

Sometimes parenting teenagers isn’t about the big stuff. Sometimes as parents we don’t know the answers to the small questions either. This week’s Safe space blogging post is from a mum in exactly that position. My daughter is 13, so I have been parenting a girl for 13 years. I should know a lot about girls. Certainly more than someone who has, for example, a 6 year old daughter. But I have two older boys and...

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Spice Up Your Life (Spice World tour)
Jun06

Spice Up Your Life (Spice World tour)

I was lucky enough to go and see Spice Girls on their Spice World tour in Coventry this week. I loved the Spice Girls back in the day and saw both of their tours back in the 90s – one with Geri and one without. I would have been gutted to miss out on this one. Luckily my old friend from work and her daughters managed to get tickets for us. It sounds cheesy, but the Spice Girls got me though probably the toughest time of my life....

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‘When’s my rugby tour?’
Apr15

‘When’s my rugby tour?’

Next summer, just after his GCSEs, my younger son is going on a rugby tour with school. The rugby tour will be a brilliant, life-changing experience. He will play rugby, of course, but will also experience different cultures. He will be staying in both hotels and with local families. He will get to do some charity work and see some incredible wildlife. It’s the kind of experience he will remember for the rest of his life....

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Christmas Eve – do we have any traditions at all?
Dec26

Christmas Eve – do we have any traditions at all?

Going back to when the kids were younger, we had a traditional Christmas Eve. We would go on the steam train to see Father Christmas with my parents and sister and brother-in-law, just after lunch. In the evening, either we or my parents would lay on Christmas Eve tea for everyone (whichever of us wasn’t doing Christmas dinner). While tea was being prepared, whoever wasn’t needed for food preparation would go to the church...

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