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Back To School, The Silence Descends

The first day back to school is always weird. I mean, really weird. Particularly the first day of the new school year, after nine weeks off. Nine weeks of laughter, tears, squabbling, singing. Nine weeks of elephant feet up and down the stairs, ‘I’m bored’ multiple times a day, squealing, shouting, chatting. Then a sudden silence descends on the house, and it’s louder than all of that put together. The silence doesn’t sound right, not now at least. I miss my children. I miss them giggling as the play together upstairs. I miss the cuddles when someone has taken a bump. I […]

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Educational, Family Life

Homework Essentials: Time, Space, Support

Homework has certainly been a hot topic in the headlines this year. Whether you’re for or against or somewhere in between, ensuring your child completes theirs can become an onerous extra task loaded into already busy days. With the new school year on the horizon, if your offspring is moving into an important year for their education and perhaps heading up to high school, you may be expecting more homework and potentially dreading the friction it will bring. So what can you do to motivate, encourage and assist your child when it comes to homework completion? Let’s take a look […]

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Family Life

Holiday Memories

I just love going on holiday. Who doesn’t? For one or two weeks in a year, it’s a chance to forget about the everyday and just have a bit of fun. I have so many happy holiday memories. Childhood summers spent in a Caravan, spending my evenings partying in the Haven kids club. Teenage summers spent drinking my weight in cocktails on some Greek Island. All have given me memories I’ll never forget. Holidays now have changed somewhat since my pre children days. It’s probably (definitely) no longer acceptable for me to partake in drinking competitions which take place on […]

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Word of the Week – Confidence

This week brought about a bit of a mini milestone for Caitlin. It’s a funny one too, as it’s maybe not something that others will see as a milestone, but for us it really is. I’ve written before about Caitlin’s struggle with her self confidence. As a parent, it’s hearth breaking. I’ve watched her stand awkwardly on the edge of a group of children, too nervous to speak. I’ve watched her as she watches children playing in the street, too scared to ask if she can join in. She would love to make new friends, but it’s a real struggle […]

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Family Life

Lifting the Cabin Fever – The Ordinary Moments

This week has been half term, and it’s been a funny one. I usually love half term, and I’m sure the kids do too. It’s a well needed break from the school routine, a chance to recuperate and spend some time together as a family. But like I said, this week has been a funny week. I had pre half term fantasies of lots of nice walks in the cool February sun, hot chocolates in front of the fire, cuddles under the blanket watching some Harry Potter and other nice things. Those plans didn’t quite materialise though. On Monday I […]

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