Coronavirus, hand washing and (not) panic buying
Mar09

Coronavirus, hand washing and (not) panic buying

So, in a bid to combat coronavirus, we’ve all been learning to wash our hands properly. There are plenty of videos online and we all now know that you need to sing ‘happy birthday’ through twice to reach the magical 20 seconds. Why didn’t we know this before?! To be honest, I’m feeling pretty smug right now, because I’ve always been a good hand washer. I wash my hands at all the usual times –...

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Illness and school attendance
Apr13

Illness and school attendance

My younger son has had 10 days off sick in year 8. Specifically, he has had 10 days off sick in the spring term of year 8. And I don’t know how I feel about that. Because my kids have good school attendance. Just like I used to have good attendance at work. My kids often got 100% attendance at primary school. My son has had as much time off in year 8 as he had off in the whole of primary school. That doesn’t feel right to...

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Project 365 2017 Week 14
Apr08

Project 365 2017 Week 14

If last week was the week of blossom, this week seems to be the week of tulips. It was a slightly strange week with my husband working from home on Monday and Tuesday as he was ill with my son’s virus. We also had a nearby road closure, which meant all the traffic was diverted down our road, which made getting out of the house a rather traumatic experience. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 92 – Sunday 2nd April...

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Post-viral
Apr03

Post-viral

It happens every time my kids are ill. I’m not exactly aware of it, but I’m operating on a different level to usual. Running on adrenaline. Everything inside me is racing while I try to maintain a semblance of calm. Caring. Worrying. Cleaning. Administering medicines. Phoning the doctor. Wiping the door handles, the toilet and the taps. Cajoling them to drink. It’s tiring. And there’s still the other kids to...

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Not ‘a bit ill’
Mar30

Not ‘a bit ill’

There was a time when if my kids told me they felt ‘a bit ill’ that I would give them some paracetamol and they would be better. Occasionally my daughter might be slightly unwell for a day or two, but it was nothing to worry about. All that seems to have changed this year. My younger son came home from school at the start of January feeling ‘a bit ill’ and was ill for a week. My daughter felt ‘a bit...

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