7 sentences I never thought I’d say

Happy Mother’s Day all! I put together a last minute post because Conrad and I were laughing about the weird stuff we say as parents that no one would ever, EVER say if they weren’t talking to small crazy offspring. So here’s my top seven bizarre sentences I never thought I’d say, but have. 1.StopContinue reading “7 sentences I never thought I’d say”

“Is Weymouth in Ukraine?” Talking to kids about war

I’ve always talked openly to the boys about most things; it wasn’t a conscious decision so much as an instinctive one. When they got to the age where they could ask questions I started answering as honestly as I could whilst keeping their age and level of understanding in mind. So when Frank asks meContinue reading ““Is Weymouth in Ukraine?” Talking to kids about war”

“I just want to be by myself” – my 3 year old’s dash for independence

Its only been a minute since I was in the midst of newborn sleep patterns, milk feeds, nappies, naps and muslins but all of sudden not only is my baby three, but he’s making a bid for total independence. I’m pretty sure he’d move out into a little studio flat if he could. He’s notContinue reading ““I just want to be by myself” – my 3 year old’s dash for independence”

Parenting Advice – 5 times it didn’t work for me

There’s a lot of parenting advice out there. Some good, some bad, and some very unwelcome. There’s hundreds of books and blogs and contradictory opinions floating around. Or not so much floating as being rammed into our faces. Here’s five times that nuggets of parenting advice didn’t go so well for me. Give your kidContinue reading “Parenting Advice – 5 times it didn’t work for me”

Motherhood – How Am I Doing?

Last Friday I met my lovely friend for a drink, straight off the train from London. She told me about a very intense performance review she had at work recently, which although scary was incredibly useful; it gave her a general sense of how she was doing and areas to work on. And it struckContinue reading “Motherhood – How Am I Doing?”

Countdown to Christmas

Yes – I’m aware that its still November, but whether we want to admit it or not the countdown to Christmas is here. In Christmases past I’ve spent the week before Christmas Day frantically buying gifts for the kids and family, and wrapping up presents on Christmas Eve when I could be chilling with aContinue reading “Countdown to Christmas”

6 parenting jobs I did not sign up for

When you become a parent you suddenly embark upon several careers that most of us have had little or no training for. And you have no choice in the matter. Sure, some of the parenting jobs are fun; tickle monster, back up singer in their band, biscuit proprietor, actor (mainly superheroes in our house). ButContinue reading “6 parenting jobs I did not sign up for”

Half Term, Day Trips, and Halloween

We made it to the first half term and also to my favourite event of the year; Halloween. Of course Christmas is great, and Easter is fun at times, but there’s something about Halloween that I just can’t get enough of. Its spooky, there’s a huge fantasy element, its not as saccharine as Christmas, itsContinue reading “Half Term, Day Trips, and Halloween”

Perfect Pumpkin Patch Pics

This week we took the boys down to our local farm for overpriced pumpkins and instagram-worthy pictures. It was a lovely afternoon but after looking through our pictures and then loads from everyone else across Facebook and Instagram, it got me thinking about why pumpkin patch pictures seem to be so obligatory. And that behindContinue reading “Perfect Pumpkin Patch Pics”

Mum Shaming

I’ve been a parent for five years now, and during this time I’ve seen quite a bit of “mum shaming”, both in real life and online. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it’s basically when a parent is criticised for their choices, and of course it happens to dads too. Although mums may experience itContinue reading “Mum Shaming”