Hidden Perfectionist

When I read about children who are perfectionists, it clicked. No - she doesn't immediately look like a perfectionist. But the fear of not being perfect is just that. And it's holding her back in so many ways.

Falling In – a lesson in laughter

I'm sure you have some 'coming of age memories' - moments you look back on and think 'I really learnt something that day.' .... Rafts on duck ponds sounded like just my sort of thing.  It looked like the day just might turn out all right.

Murder in the snow

I wish I'd been recording my 10 year-old when she said... "I'm going to chop his head off... Now I think I'll cut it in two and get rid of the body..." Looks at my face... "That didn't sound like what I meant. I mean I'm going to chop the body up into little pieces...." … Continue reading Murder in the snow

Blossoming

What blossoming independence! My youngest (8) has always been a little less independent than her sister. Not clingy (much) but preferring company of others to solely her own. Here in our small mountain town children are allowed a lot more freedom than most city kids of their age. It's something we've tried to embrace, and … Continue reading Blossoming

S’no Fear

Since it snowed a lot, we’ve done some skiing. I don’t think I mentioned that it snowed a lot. Well it really and truly did. And it scared me. When you grow up in southern England, the idea of snow being scarey seems ridiculous. Snow is exciting. It’s unusual, and when it happens it’s a … Continue reading S’no Fear

They Speak French!

I could have written this a few weeks ago. But now it’s really true. They speak French. The children. Not utterly fluently, but they speak. And... “You don’t pronounce it like THAT mummy!” I hear, several times a day. I’ve even started toasked them for vocabulary. Our youngest’s handwriting has gone from this: To this: … Continue reading They Speak French!

RUN!

This is my favourite picture of me, by my youngest daughter. She's done much fancier pictures, more detailed, more colourful - but I just love this. I love that my girls associate me with running.  I love that they are growing up knowing that sometimes Mummy comes first, and running comes first. I love that they want to … Continue reading RUN!

Make a Fairy or Angel Costume

Before you go and buy a cheap, or expensive, costume or dressups for your child, have a quick think about how you could make it yourself.  There are often easy, affordable and fun ways to achieve the look you or your child wants. I spotted the lady behind the counter in our local fabric shop … Continue reading Make a Fairy or Angel Costume

Kinder No Surprise

I've decided to boycott Kinder Eggs this Easter - and forever more until they sort their shit out. What is 'surprising' about them any more? They've made them  blue or pink so that you can assist the gender stereotyping your children - as though they need THAT. PLUS and they have a picture of the theme … Continue reading Kinder No Surprise

Little Miss Trouble ? There’ll be trouble from me….

  I sent this email today to Egmont Publishing:   Dear Madams and Sirs, Er, what century are we in again? Oh, that's right, it's the 21st Century.  Where we have learnt that hitting children teaches them that violence is the answer, so we don't do that any more.  We understand, don't we, that leading … Continue reading Little Miss Trouble ? There’ll be trouble from me….