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The bickering stops when the on-screen violence starts!

The bickering stops when the on-screen violence starts!

My boys are starting to bicker. And it’s driving me crazy. They are 3½ years apart in age and up until now the older has cherished and looked after the younger. Whilst the younger adored and looked up to his older brother. However, aged 6½ and 10 and things are quite different. These days it’sContinue reading →

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Parenting & Mindfulness – impossible, isn’t it?

Parenting & Mindfulness – impossible, isn’t it?

Mindfulness, that’s the buzzword that doesn’t seem to be going away! I get it. It’s all about being present in the moment and enjoying life this very minute. Nice idea. Can’t do it, though. Can any mother? Life is so frenetic and there’s always so much to bloody well DO!! And so much guilt ifContinue reading →

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Could Keeping a Diary Help with PND?

Could Keeping a Diary Help with PND?

It was World Mental Health Day two days ago on October 10th. Current stats indicate 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. And that doesn’t include mothers who suffer from post natal depression. I didn’t suffer from PND (beyond the usual anxiety of keeping a baby safe,Continue reading →

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Are We Raising Stepford Children?

Are We Raising Stepford Children?

When my boys were smaller, they both loved a book called ‘How to Be a Baby by Me, the Big Sister’ by Sally Lloyd-Jones. They adored this how-to guide to the everyday visceral idiosyncrasies that go hand-in-hand with being a tiny human. And how they can’t do anything but somehow excel at impulsive and uninhibited activitiesContinue reading →

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Shock truth: I was never a baby!

Shock truth: I was never a baby!

I’m not sure I was ever a baby. Or a toddler. Maybe it’s because I don’t remember (although apparently we do recall everything in our lives – even the really mundane stuff – but choose to remember a fraction, like 3%). Or maybe it’s because I just feel like I’ve inhabited an adult body for,Continue reading →

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‘Mum, when did you first meet Granny?’

‘Mum, when did you first meet Granny?’

Apropos of nothing, that was what my 6 year old blurted out in the car on holiday. I kept the answer pretty clean. I think. Kids really do just live in the moment and say whatever comes into their head. And if you’re as forgetful as me, these wonderfully innocent and naive sentences will beContinue reading →

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