Category: Parenting & Family

You can only tell a boy from his privates

This is what L had to say to me on Friday upon returning home from school. So rewind a bit, where did this all come from?

L’s French Mamie (granny) came to visit last week and brought L a gorgeous new jacket from la Belle France, which has a zip that is – stylishly – off-centre.… Read more

Not being a shouty mummy

After 2 weeks of school holidays it was back to school this morning, and back to the rush, rush, rush of the morning routine. And suddenly shouty mummy is back in town.

Surely I’m not the only one here who spends their time yelling at their kids? “Get dressed, eat your breakfast, brush your teeth, put your shoes on…” again and again and again, until it sinks in and said child does what has been asked of them.… Read more

No screens for all the family

If you know me at all you will know that I am pretty addicted to my screens – either my MacBook Air or my Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone, they are both switched on pretty much permanently and if I run out of battery on one of them I feel at an absolute loss.… Read more

Peaches Geldof’s death and why I blog

A few hours ago I heard on the radio that a 25 year old mum of two boys, both under 2 years old, had just died. Peaches Geldof’s death has shaken those I know on social media, and in particular other parents of young children.

I was literally in tears as I read what father, Bob Geldof and husband, Thomas Cohen had to say about Peaches here.… Read more

Cheap, family day out in London – Regent’s Park

Hubs with L and C, in amongst the blossom in London.

Hubs with L and C, in amongst the blossom in London.

I’m forever hearing people complain that London is too expensive. Which it is if you want to do certain things. However there are oodles of activities that you can do in London that cost nothing or very little. We had one such family outing the weekend before last, when the weather was still lovely and sunny.… Read more

Should my 7 year old be more PC?

I’m going to try to word this very carefully so as not to offend anyone as this can be quite sensitive stuff. By this I mean “diversity” and being PC. I was raised in a family where everyone was accepted – regardless of skin colour, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or ability.… Read more

Solo parenting sucks

If you follow me on social media you’ll know that I was solo parenting last week – from Saturday early afternoon a week ago until last night, to be precise. Hubs was away in Morocco on holiday with his twin brother and their best friend (and his best man from our wedding); he’d just finished a pretty stressful job, and has got a fair amount on his plate with an ill father, so it seemed right that he spend some chill time with these two key people.… Read more