School Days

The Six Stages of Shopping for School Shoes

If there is one thing that gives me a deep sinking feeling in my stomach more than trying to plan activities to keep the kids entertained for six weeks, it’s shopping for school shoes. It normally involves a lot of waiting, some tears, and parting with an extortionate amount of cash. Of course too late […] Read more…

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Why You Shouldn’t Teach Your Kids To Tell Time

You know you get those smug parents, the ones that say “Oh Rupert was reading Shakespeare at age six”.  Their smugness will always be short lived.  Because as much as kids learning to read is wonderful, it also signifies the end of conversations with spelt out code words between you and your husband.  Life changes […] Read more…

Toddler on The School Run Problems

I am the frazzled mum in the school playground.  The one who looks stressed, a bit sweaty, and pretty close to loosing her shit.  Why?  Because I have a toddler on the school run. Let’s face it, getting out of the house with the kids in tow, on time, and ready to go, is no […] Read more…

Living With Six

At the end of this week the big one turns seven.  All the standard cliches apply, time flies etc.  Mainly I’m thinking WTF!  How do I have a seven year old?  Living with a six year old has been interesting.  There’s been a lot of highs and a lot of lows, but not much in […] Read more…

How to Deal With Nits in 8 Easy Steps

It was one of those perfect parenting scenes.  Early Friday evening.  After a week of barely seeing each other for longer than a hello or goodbye, the husband and I had a romantic evening planned.  Dinner and Netflix and chill.  And by Netflix and chill I mean the parenting version of a movie and fall […] Read more…

The Life Cycle of The Summer Holidays

I’m in panic mode.  6 long weeks with both my boys at home as the summer holidays begin this week.  I need to get my arse in gear and plan some fun activities to keep the smalls entertained.  If my facebook news feed or Pinterest is anything to go by they need to be educational, […] Read more…

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Where do Babies Come From?

The Big Questions I thought I would be a no nonsense mum when it came to the ‘awkward’ or ’embarrassing’ things that my children would ask.  The big questions.  I admire those mums who use the correct words for body parts, I really do.  But I can’t say penis without giggling.       I completely […] Read more…

5 Reasons Why You Should Shop Online

I do enjoy a nice mooch around the shops.  But sadly I have learnt from experience that small children and ‘mooching’ do not mix.  In fact Mooching and small children have much the same relationship as small children and white carpet.  The two should never meet. So here’s my top 5 reasons why you should shop […] Read more…

How to Survive World Book Day – Next Year!

The mention of World Book Day makes me break out into a cold sweat.  I love getting lost in a good book.  I love sharing books from my childhood with my children, and discovering new ones.  I love the idea behind World Book Day. I do not love trying to turn a character from a […] Read more…

How to Make Friends & Influence People – For 6 Year Olds

The big one has just celebrated his sixth birthday and in honour of that here are some lessons in how to make friends and influence people from the world of a 6 year old boy.     How to Make Friends   1 Lower your expectations Not of the people you are friends with, but […] Read more…

Why Does it Always Rain on me?

It’s 1999 I’m driving around in my Austin Metro with the window down (because it was broken) and singing my heart out to Why does it always rain on me? by Travis.  I didn’t actually care if it was raining or not.  Sleek hair was not in fashion and no one really knew what GHD’s were. […] Read more…

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How Many Eyes do You Need For The School Run?

After the success of the very important, influential, ground-breaking, and not at all made up study into how many hands does it take to change a nappy, we are now analysing the daily task of the school run.  Exactly how many eyes a parent is required to have for this task of getting the children […] Read more…

The Leaving The House Dance – Part Two

Remember when you wanted to leave the house and you just grabbed your bag, picked up your keys and left?   Nowadays I dance to a very different tune.   The Leaving The House Dance – Part Two – The Summer Samba   Start internal debate with myself as to whether the boys need hoodies this morning. […] Read more…

12 Things I’ve Learnt During my Kid’s First Year at School

We survived the first year at school!  Summer Holidays are around the corner and it’s been 9 months since I said my first goodbye to my son with a lump in my throat at the classroom door. The little boy who could barely write his own name now writes me notes and knows what a dodecahedron is.  (I […] Read more…

If 5 Year-Olds Ran The Country…

The general election looms ever closer and the parties have all had their say.  Although the majority of their say always seems to involve telling us who not to vote for, rather than why we should vote for them. I’m looking to vote for the party whose policies would most benefit me.  Which got me […] Read more…

Question Time

Most parents are asked anywhere between a million to a gazillion questions a day by their small people.  Where’s my Lego?  Can I have a snack?  Am I a Superhero?  Do I have to go to bed?  Can I draw a picture on the wall?  The answers are normally simple; yes, no, maybe, and definitely […] Read more…

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Are You Living With a Chatterbox?

There is a small person in my house that is commonly referred to as ‘the chatterbox’.  From the moment he wakes up until the moment he goes to sleep, he is talking.  His mouth never stops moving.  Even if he has no one to talk to, he talks to his toys.  He even does their […] Read more…

The Leaving the House Dance – Part one

I don’t know about you but I am looking forward to a couple of weeks with no school runs. Especially no cold and wet school runs.  It feels like I have to add half an hour to my mornings at the moment just to get us out of the door in time for the 5 […] Read more…

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Rules for Life (when you are 5 and a boy)

I’m not sure if it’s turning 5, starting school, or a combination of the two, but lately there have been some big changes in my son.  He’s turned from a cute little angel into, well how shall I put this, a BOY!  A walking, talking, farting, real life boy.  With this sudden boost of testosterone […] Read more…

The Lego Years

My Love Hate Relationship With Multi Coloured Bricks  Toys come and go, some stick around longer than others, some are a 5 minute wonder. Right now we are in the midst of the Lego years.   For the last three years the big one is into Lego in a big way.  He thinks it is awesome (do […] Read more…