*Book Review Week – 3 Books That Help Young Children Deal With Emotions (Ages 2-5)

We’re not immune to tantrums in our house. In fact they come with a depressing regularity… But it’s all too easy for me to roll my eyes and mutter under my breath, chastising my child for their unreasonable behaviour yet again. Last year I read an interesting article about the effects of a tantrum on a toddler. Their sense of shame…

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My Perfect Family Bank Holiday

Before kids, Bank Holidays were cherished and savoured. The weather was guaranteed to let the side down but I’ve never been the green-fingered type. Besides, most beer gardens have patio heaters these days, and that was the only logical destination after the mother of all lie-ins. In 2011 I had a rude awakening. By May 1st Emily was hovering on…

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Book Of The Week: ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World’

Feminism is a dirty word these days but if you strip away the debasing headlines and everyday misogyny then you discover its true meaning; Equality. Men and women treated equally. It seems so simplistic when it’s written down right in front of you. So chuffing obvious. Equal pay in the work place. An equal shot at achieving a dream. What parent,…

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5 Essential Books for Bedtime (0-5yrs)

We love books in our house. Our bookshelves are overflowing with trips to Narnia and Hogwarts. Today I decided to bring order to our literary chaos. I did this by dividing the books up into two categories – 0-5yrs (Jess) and 6+ (Emily). Now each girl has an age appropriate range of stories in their bedroom. The bit before bed is the best time…

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My Imagination Vacation

And what a marvellous thing it is too. Except when you’ve sprinted out of the house, mid-scene, to collect your kids and now one of your lovely mummy friends is trying to engage you in light chitchat in the school playground. You stare at her blankly as you try to process simple terms such as ‘play dates’ and ‘cake sales’.…

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Fifty Shades of Distraction

I LOVED Fifty Shades of Grey. Boom. There I said it. Yes, the sex scenes are a bit yawn and I can sort of see why all the feminists are up in arms but it’s got that clever little spark that always reels me in. I like to call it the ‘love connection hook’. I’m sure there’s some fabulously technical term for it in the publishing world but that’s what works for me.

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