Bedtime & Routines: What Works For Us

I saw someone post their bedtime routine on another page recently and I loved the idea. When the kids were babies I was always on the hunt for tips to tame my little Sleep Raiders. It took a bit of trial and error to perfect our routine but this is what works for us* *except when the 4yr old is tantruming and…

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The Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times: Charles Dickens, My Grandfather & Me

My grandfather loved Charles Dickens. His favourite book was ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ and I remember him reading me passages from it as a child. Sadly, he and my grandmother passed away recently. Their house is in the process of being sold and I’ve been helping mum sort through their belongings I came across my grandfather’s Charles Dickens collection last…

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5 Tips For Coping With Separation Anxiety

Both of my children suffered from Separation Anxiety. Every time I dropped them off at a childminder’s they would wail and scream, flinging their little arms at me like I was abandoning them on the bleak, stone steps of a Dickensian Workhouse. Back then I felt like I was splintering into a million pieces. I’d sit in my car and bawl into the steering wheel… Either that…

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When Bad Car Journeys Happen To Good(ish) People

Do you plan long car journeys right down to the last Travel Scrabble letter? Do you, like me, hate leaving things to chance because there’s nothing more painful than two tetchy, bored kids asking ‘are we nearly there yet?’ when there’s still hours to go? No parent wants to contemplate the fallout of traffic jams, overheated cars or flat tyres. Positive…

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Recipe: Super-Quick Egg Parcels

With the Easter holidays nearly upon us, i’ve put together a couple of super-quick lunch/dinner recipes that you can throw together in between the egg hunts and the bonnet making. First up, is a  recipe for Egg Parcels. (Chocolate eggs aren’t the only ones that are tasty and delicious this time of year…) You can vary this recipe according to your child’s capricious taste…

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BBC Radio 2 500 Words Competition

Can I just take a moment to say a HUGE super-proud-mummy congratulations to my daughter, Emily, for making it through to the last 5000 in the BBC Radio 2 Short Story Competition!!!!!!!!!! 131,798 children entered so it’s not a bad achievement for a 6 yr old! She first told me her story in early Feb and I was blown away…

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Are Party Bags Falling Out Of Favour?

Has anyone else clocked the new trend for handing out ‘sweetie cones’ instead of party bags these days? Has this been a gradual metamorphosis? Have I been too sleep-deprived to notice? Since when did a sugar coma replace assorted plastic crap? I’m in two minds about the bag being sidelined. I can’t help feeling defensive on behalf of all the mini bubble wands and…

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