Types of Parenting

As my toddler fell over in the garden and cried for the nineteenth time in an hour and I called to him, ‘Oh dear, are you OK?’ in an unconvincingly concerned voice without actually checking to see if he was OK, I started to wonder if there are actual ‘types’ of parenting other than just […]

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The Day That We Had Kids

Ah, long car journeys with kids, don’t you just love ’em?  This is a description of our drive home from Cumbria yesterday, to the tune of American Pie by Don McLean: A long, long time ago, I can still remember how car journeys used to make me smile. And I thought that when we had kids, That […]

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When Mediocre Magicians Go Bad

When I took the kids to a magic show on Wednesday, it soon became obvious that we weren’t dealing with just any old run-of-the-mill magician.  Oh yes, his tricks were predictable and he appeared harmless enough with his grandfatherly beard, gentle Scottish lilt and clichéd loose overcoat but we were about to learn he had more up his sleeve than just some coloured hankies… […]

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How to Win Friends…

…and Influence People (according to a nearly eight year-old). We’ve just spent an amazing weekend with my cousin and her family.  When we arrived home on Monday evening, our eldest son, out of the blue, said, ‘Mummy, you’re really lucky to have Auntie K as a cousin.’  ‘Why do you say that, Sweetheart?’ I asked.  ‘Because […]

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Guilt Trip

Stuck for something to do over the half term holiday?  Then why not go on an all-inclusive Guilt Trip to the town of Inadequate in Parentsville?  As parents you’ll all have been on at least one a day since having children but don’t worry if you’ve forgotten your way; your kids know the EXACT route to get you […]

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A Good Catholic Girl’s Guide…

…to Your Child’s Confirmation.  Miss the most important meeting with lots of key information because you didn’t tattoo it on your forehead or write it in permanent marker on one of your children. Have a more organised friend drop off the workbook…then leave it in your car untouched for a week. Forget to choose a Confirmation […]

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Embarrassing Bodies

Disclaimer: if you’re at all sensitive about bodily functions, please avert your eyes…NOW. Right, for the rest of you; I’ve got a confession and it ain’t pretty, so prepare yourselves.  This is probably one of those things best kept to myself but I’m so EXCRUTIATINGLY embarrassed about it that I feel I need to share. […]

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Misunderstood

I’ve got a secret: my mummy’s not very bright.  She tries, bless her, but she really doesn’t understand what’s going on in my head.  I think I make myself perfectly clear, but she still seems to struggle. When I say I want to get dressed, I mean at some point in the day but not RIGHT NOW, […]

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Blast from the Past

Included as part of The Oliver’s Madhouse’s lovely: I relived a bit of my childhood on Monday as my family and I drove to the beach in a hot car on a sunny Bank Holiday.  The sights and smells were so familiar that I could easily cast my mind back thirty years, imagining squabbling with […]

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Positive Mental Attitude

Perspective is what I’ve been given a healthy dose of this weekend by spending time with Optimistic people who stay not only strong but positive in the face of adversity.  They Smile through the tears and find a funny side even when there doesn’t appear to be one.  I’m Inspired by my friend who has […]

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