Leaving the kids home alone
Apr01

Leaving the kids home alone

Knowing when to leave your kids home alone is a very gradual thing and there are no definite rules on it. You just have to know your own child and what they can cope with. I started leaving my eldest on his own briefly as soon as he started secondary school. Not long afterwards, I started leaving my younger son (who was 9) with him for short periods of time. Last year, we left my eldest on his own for a weekend and we would leave my...

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The birthday control freak
Mar12

The birthday control freak

When it comes to her own birthday, my daughter leaves nothing to chance. She turns 12 this week and has planned very carefully to ensure she gets exactly what she wants. My daughter has loved clothes since she was tiny and loves nothing more than a wander round the shops. And if she suddenly decides she needs a dress, a pair of jeans or a hoodie, she is straight onto her phone checking all her favourite shops to see what they’ve...

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My daughter, fainting and the poor diet
Mar08

My daughter, fainting and the poor diet

When my daughter fainted the other week, we were reminded once more of how poor her diet is. My daughter has a small appetite. Her meals are a fraction of the size of everyone else’s. Sometimes she has to get up during a meal and go back to it later because she’s full. I’ve always believed her small appetite is genuine because she’s a healthy weight and she’s active. In addition to not eating much, she...

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First week of panto rehearsals: All change
Nov20

First week of panto rehearsals: All change

When I think of the panto, I think of my hours spent hanging around the cafe at the rehearsal venue. I see it through rose tinted glasses. I love that place. I love my glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice and the particularly nice cheese and onion crisps that I stretch out for an hour or more. I read a book or, if I’m feeling good, I read one of my work books. Panto rehearsals are marked with photos like this. But nothing...

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Giving up street dance
Nov14

Giving up street dance

Street dance was my daughter’s very first style of dance. She went to her first street dance class the day she started school. And she never looked back. It was at her street dance class that she got her love of dance. And it was at her street dance class that she first shone as a dancer. Right from the word go, she stood out as being someone quite special. She kept up her street dance when she started ballet 18 months later,...

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