20131127-114934.jpg

Homework should go in the bin. End of.

Yes homework should be banned. I have said it before and I’ll say it again – children need to be allowed to be children. The school day is jam packed enough with academic and educational lessons, and in my opinion that is where it needs to stay. Homework is a complete and utter waste of Read More

blogfest16

Reaction or Overreaction?

Overeaction: To react with unnecessary or inappropriate force, emotional display, or violence. There was a gif on social media last week that had a man laughing with the words, ‘for every male reaction there is a female overreaction.’ And yes, yes unsurprisingly this angered me. It was a man rolling his eyes at all women Read More

blogfest16

Politics and Parenting

Politics: the activities associated with the governance of a country or area, especially the debate between parties having power. I clearly remember the first time I voted. My dad drove me to the local town hall, informed me that I would be given a piece of paper and a pencil, and then told me exactly Read More

IMG_8899

Aurora Borealis and Fireworks

When do we start planning the lives of our children? Is it when we conceive? Or is it earlier than that? Does everyone, unconsciously at least, absorb events, feelings, hopes and dreams, and hold them in a tiny part of their brains ready to transmit to those they may give birth to. We may think, Read More

blogfest16

Relentlessness

Relentlessness: a good word for describing something that’s harsh, unforgiving, and persistent, like the hot sun in the desert, or a cold that keeps you in bed for days with a nose like a strawberry. When you’re relentless about something, you mean business. Being a mum to poorly children, as I’ve said many time before, Read More

blogfest16

Double Diagnosis

For me, the minute you conceive the emotions of guilt and anxiety become heightened. The world is suddenly full of dangers you could not possibly have foreseen and life changes. No longer do you simply need to take care of yourself. Guilt is no longer consigned to those mornings you awake with a hangover and Read More

blogfest16

Sorry

Sorry: feeling regret or penitence. I’m sorry if I forget your birthday, or your child’s birthday. I’m sorry if I don’t seem excited when you tell me about your holiday plans for the summer. Or revel in your good news as much as I should.  I’m sorry if I forget to reply to a text or Read More

blogfest16

Sorry

Sorry: feeling regret or penitence. I’m sorry if I forget your birthday, or your child’s birthday.  I’m sorry if I don’t seem excited when you tell me about your holiday plans for the summer. Or revel in your good news as much as I should.  I’m sorry if I forget to reply to a text Read More

blogfest16

Preparation

Preparation: The action or process of preparing or being prepared for use or consideration. How do you prepare for something you are dreading and that affects the whole family and a wide circle of friends? It is not easy, but it is necessary, for when the event happens, whatever that event may be, preparation is Read More

blogfest16

Diagnosis

Diagnosis: the identification of the nature of an illness or other problem by examination of the symptoms. This time next Thursday, I will be sat at home with my fasting six year old, waiting to take him into hospital for a lobectomy. Surgery where he has to have part of his right lung removed because Read More