Tag Archive for ‘Parenting’

HOLESOME FUN (AND A FRIENDLY OLD BUM)

Ever since I had a tantrum about my children relying too heavily on screens for occupation and not developing imaginations (“Your brains have gone all mushy, I’m not sure they’ll ever recover”), I have been on a quest to rediscover wholesome fun. The half hour of telly at 5pm each day was stretching out to an hour (I get so carried away with the silence), the children were starting to […]

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The Pooper Pages

Does anyone find those health and beauty newspaper supplements in the paper slightly crock ridden and completely guilt ridden. I have variously renamed them the guilty-envy pages, the party pooper pages or the smug section. Sitting by the pool on our holiday with the newspaper, I inwardly congratulate myself on a few moments of rare relaxation and comprehensive news consumption, turn to said supplement and am instantly assaulted by, “Bikini […]

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Ponder on: THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

Last time the ol’ birds and the bees question piped up, the conversation went something like this: TWIN 1:  Mum, the lambs are gone. ME: What? TWIN 2: What? (gasp!) The lambs are gone. ME: No they’re not, that’s them over there – they grew up. They’re sheep. TWINS: Oh. Wow. (etc) ME: There’ll be more lambs soon. TWIN 1: Why will there be more lambs soon? ME: Because the grown up […]

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Oh Just Go To Sleep

Here’s me whingeing again, after another sleep deprived night. I’m getting up into torture-should-be-dead-or-at-least-very-loopy figures now. I always dread bedtime because the children turn into sneaky little yoyos for the first half hour after lights out – up and down, up and down until I get nasty/pleady/bribey. And just when you think you’ve hit the sleeping-through trifecta perfecta, some stinking possum dares to breathe heavily near smallest’s window and send […]

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Beating the School Run Blues

Ah the morning school run: that unavoidable duty characterised by whingeing and pestering in equal parts. A recent report in the UK has found that the school run is a health hazard (mainly due to driving and not walking and subsequent obesity issues). I don’t think my children are struggling with obesity but I do agree that the school run is a dire health hazard. Imagine starting every single day […]

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