Only One Week Till Christmas

Only a week till Christmas and I hope you’ve nearly finalised all your arrangements. We can plan, prepare and think we have everything in place ready for a great season of good will to all men. A merry, merry Christmas I just wanted to share something with you. I...

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The Parental Survival Guide To Exam Fever

Yes, the last year has gone speeding by, with GCSE’s, AS Levels and A levels now on our doorstep again. You might have already started to feel the effects of this over the Easter Holidays and already started to need the Parents Survival Guide To Exam Fever. Observing ...

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Beat The Festive Stress

Most of you by now will be well on the way to arranging your Christmas celebrations. Christmas work parties, cards, budgeting for presents, food and don’t forget the arrangements with who you’re going to spend the Christmas period with and for howlong. This ongoing juggl...

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A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the ParkIllustration by Vanessa Bell This summer has been a big emotional roller coaster as it has been ‘A’ Level results time as well as GCSE results.  I thought it was nerve racking enough when I went to collect my own results all those years ago; but I...

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The Family Who Took The Crown Jewels On Holiday

The Family Who Took The Crown Jewels On HolidayIllustration by Vanessa BellWhilst driving very sedately along the A6B around Paris, with two Sat Nav’s finally working in agreement and with me following on the map, brought back great memories of my first and last family hol...

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A Mother’s 18 ½ Year Reign

A Mother’s 18 ½ Year ReignIllustration by Vanessa BellLooking back over my 18 ½ year mothering reign, I have fantastic memories.  Like most parents of these ‘First Times’ experiences fill you with wonder, pride and some of the most frightening times of your life.  ...

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Waterproof Jackets aren’t as Waterproof as you Think

Waterproof Jackets aren’t as Waterproof as you Think.Illustration by Vanessa BellNo.1 Son and I had been planning our day out for weeks.  It was the first day of his half term holidays.  I would take the day off work and we would take a picnic with us and make the most o...

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Floods and High Tidal Waters

Illustration by Vanessa BellFloods and High Tidal WatersIf you have been following the ‘Top 10 Tips on How to Survive the Uni. Tour With Your Daughter’ then you will probably be at the same stage as we are in our household with UCAS applications in, offers being given, i...

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Top 10 Tips on How to Survive the Uni. Tour With Your Daughter

Top 10 Tips on How to Survive the Uni. Tour With Your Daughter.  Forget the tennis, golf or Tour de France, touring the Universities ready for your daughter’s UCAS application can be far more gruelling and stressful.  You will have already waded through a metre high pile...

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Mother’s Are Only Human Too

Mother’s Are Only Human TooWhen was the last time you felt racked with guilt because you hadn’t taken enough time or trouble over something that wouldn’t have actually taken you much effort or time.Mine was not so long ago.  In fact it was on the 5th March 2012.  My ...

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A Mother’s Worst Fears Come True.

A Mother’s Worst Fears Come True.I’ve been teaching parenting courses for several years now and one of the questions I ask my prospective learners is;“What do you fear most about your children growing up?”Over the years I have pondered this more than several times. I...

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The World’s Luckiest Mother.

The World’s Luckiest Mother.A week or so before Mother’s Day my No.1 Daughter asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day.  My eyes lit up.  This was obviously my chance to ask for all my dreams; the expensive handbag, the holiday in the Bahamas I’ve been wantingfor ye...

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Christmas Time, Mistletoe and Wine.

Christmas Time, Mistletoeand Wine. Christmas is a funny old time of year.  As with most religious festivals, the majority of us have forgotten what the festival is truly about and now see it as a time to spend with the family; giving presents, eating and drinking.  Oh, an...

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One Huge Balancing Act

One Huge Balancing ActFinding the right balancing act that suits everyone can be difficult especially when you have young children.  When I became pregnant for the first time myhandmade ceramics living had come to natural end; my imagination had dried up, a bit like writers...

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A Teenager or an Alien

A Teenager or an Alien(Just Another Strange Mother)When I heard parents of teenagers saying their kids had turned into aliens I never really understood what thatmeant.  That was never going to happen to me! As I became a parent, like most of us, I had over confident expecta...

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Exam Fever – Who has it the parents or the teenagers?

Exam Fever – Who has it the parents or the teenagers?We are now half way through the exams.  How are you bearing up?Over the Easter holidays my daughter was told she should be revising six hours a day for ten days.  How realistic is this?  Yes, in the ideal world with t...

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Is Breast Best?

Is Breast Best?When preparing for the birth of your baby there are so many things to think about and so many questions to be answered;Do you want a boy or a girl?Is your birth plan ready?What colour will the nursery be?What about names?As well as keeping a check on your weig...

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Battles with the Tantrum

Battles with the TantrumAs your children rapidly grow into teenagers you quickly forget the difficulties you experienced managing a 3 year olds tantrums.  I was thrust back into this over the Easter period when visiting family. A wonderful happy thoughtful child can turn in...

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Setting The Table For The Family

Setting The Table For The FamilyIt is well known that the influence of the TV, as well as shift patterns, has made it more difficult for families to sit together for meals at the dinner table.  It is all too easy to grab a snack and happily munch away on the sofa or the flo...

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You’ve Got The Love

You’ve Got The LoveCongratulations to Doutzen Kroes and her husband Sunnery James on the birth of their baby boy a few weeks ago.“We’re in love with him! Can’t describe this feeling!” Sunnery James is reportedly tweeting by the BBC.I think the birth of a baby is fa...

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Exam Fever

Exam FeverIf your household is anything like mine your child will have already come home with their GCSE or A Level exam timetable.  This is now a reality and there is no turning back.  The timetable is on the fridge door if not in another prominent place in the house.How ...

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The Life Cycle of Showing Affection.

The Life Cycle of Hugs, Cuddles and Kisses.If you are touchy feely person like myself, you will understand the beneficial effects and the importance of having hugs, cuddles and kisses.  The warmth of someone  else’s arms around you, the kindness and caring that can flow ...

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Parent Child Relationship

Parent Child Relationship Even if you are not a parent we all know the importance of building respectful and trusting relationships with our children.  The reason, so that you can talk to your children about all manner of things, in the hope that they will come to you,...

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