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Halloween

Old photos flashed up on my phone today; photographs from Halloween three years ago. On August 20th 2018 we left our home and set off to...

Ten. Purple. Hippo. Part 2.

For Part 1, please press here. After a year of disrupted education, Grown-Up Lad returned to school and decided to put himself forward...

Son

Photo credit and thanks to Junior Moran via Unsplash ‘God at maths’, worshiper of cats. Speedwalker, explorer, enthusiast. Bolter. ...

Ally

Photo credit and thanks to Sigmund, via Unsplash It's that time of year again. That time when teachers pore over stringent government...

Controlled Explosion

(Photo credit and thanks to Brett Jordan, via Unsplash) Sometimes, the hardest part of parenting is simply putting one foot in front of...

Read Read Read

(photo credit and thanks to Dan Gold via Unsplash) I've been good. I exploded privately but then sought advice from a teacher and have...

Wish

Photo Credit Alistair MacRobert, via Unsplash Sail me away from here. Let me feel the sun on my face and the wind in my hair, hear the...

Stop it. Stop it NOW.

To Whomever it May Concern The next time I hear about children being 'behind' because of the pandemic I am going to scream. Kids have...

Independence?

Photo credit to Dustin Groh, via Unsplash My independence is not your independence and your independence is not my child's. So why is it...

Hope

I don't often blog about my daughter. The additional needs that she has have proved, to some people, more contentious. The nosey want...

Dear Meghan

Photo credit to Mike Labrum, via Unsplash This post comes with a trigger warning as it is about miscarriage and grief and contains...

Grateful... ish

We are a controversial lot, we parents with different kids. We spend our lives negotiating, trying to smooth a path through the rocky...

September

I love September, it always brings fresh hope and this year has given me the opportunity to put my mid-life crisis on ice for a while -...

Cliché

Oh God, it has happened; I have become a walking cliché. I am having a full on, 100%, no holds barred mid-life crisis. I have never been...

16%

Six years ago I trained to become a volunteer. The friend who ran the course recognised, tactfully, that it would be families like mine...

Eruption

I lost my temper, blew my stack, hit the roof. I flipped my lid, flew off the handle, went ballistic. I might even have lost my rag,...

Covert Covid

If you looked into my house, what would you see? Would you see two children sitting opposite each other at the dining table, quietly...

Jesus at the Spar

Something small and bleary-eyed has just flung itself into my bed. I'd like to say that it is because my youngest is super-keen to have...

A Pretty Dress

Today is a day for a pretty dress. A daring lip colour, too much eyeliner, a rare effort with my hair. Today is my forty-seventh...

Not Quite Yet.

Come out, they say. Come and see us, come and stay. Thank you. Thank you, thank you; it is wonderful to be wanted. I would, if I...