I wrote a guest post for my lovely blogger friend Jenni from Chilling with Lucas. Inspired by an overheard conversation (I’m such an earwigger, aren’t I?!) where a mother told her young son that if he put his coat on, she would buy him the lollypop he’d been asking for. Why not just teach […]


    I’m not sure why I’m exposing myself again so broadly following my personal weekly chip (and salad) admission. But here goes…Clumsiness.   I’m clumsy. As in, stupid clumsy. I’ll give you some examples:   Once, I was standing by the driver side of my car chatting over the roof to a friend who was getting […]

Pearls of Wisdom

    Sporadically, across my blogging life, I have offered up anecdotes of situations I have found myself in where complete strangers have given me advice or suggestions as to how I should parent my children, in particular Jude. Do you remember the elderly lady in Waitrose who strolled up to me when Jude (then 5) was mid-tantrum […]

    I’m not sure if I’ve become more sensitive in my old age but I’ve definitely become more in tune to things we say to children through observing the way people treat their little ones when I’m out and about. I don’t always mean negatively, sometimes I see a parent fully engrossed in what their young […]

Yesterday, Jude went back to school after what felt like the world’s longest ever school holiday. Honestly, I can barely remember last term, it feels like a lifetime ago plus I think my brain has burnt out a lot of distressing memories to preserve any sanity that is still intact.   BUT, he didn’t go without a bang. […]

Today, Elsa had a play date with a friend who lives quite far away and because she finds us all so embarrassing, we weren’t allowed to stay and had to make ourselves disappear for a couple of hours. Rather than get lost trying to find somewhere interesting to visit, I took Jude and Emmeline to the only […]

                 You know me, I love a bit of a question and answer so when Katie from  Living Life our Way tagged me into hers, I jumped at the chance. Actually, I thought this one would be a pretty cool way of starting to prepare for 2017. I […]

    It’s funny how your views change as you (and your children) get older; individual wants and needs differ with progress and time so you inevitably find yourself contemplating scenarios you once never thought optional.   Today has been an horrendous day for Jude. He was awful this morning, throwing a wobbly about fifteen minutes before his bus […]