Caring for the little animals!

I so could write this post on two levels- and I think the human level would be more amusing but I’ll retell what happened earlier on. I had an animated conversation with several of my kids in the car this evening about their care of all creatures great and small. “Mum, today we’ve been looking […]

The Power of Words

The tongue. Sometimes silent -often deadly. It can harness an extraordinary ability to encourage. It can ride roughshod doing untold damage in the space of minutes that can leave a lifetime of hurt. A weapon like this could do with a health warning. Maybe enforced silence could be a punishment. Communication is one of the […]

What can my kids learn about Margaret Thatcher?

There are many and diverse opinions flowing around. This post is not about those. There are angry & vitriolic people pitted against those of an opposite view. I’m not entering that debate. I have withdrawn substantially from Facebook due to my sadness over what ended up on my Newsfeed. That’s another matter. I have 5 […]

Entrepeneurism Gone A Little Wrong!

There are some life skills we want our kids to have. Listing the basics- balancing finances, having (& taking) initiative. Coping with disappointment. Being the bigger person. Learning to live alone. Cooking your own food. Well, at our house there is another. Making money. Starting your own business. Having a Dad who is a self […]

Tweens & Those Tricky Little Questions!

There are some skills that my kids don’t seem to have managed to imbue into me. The chief of all lacking skills is my inability to read their mind. It would be incredibly helpful for me to understand both the root cause of their feelings and more importantly WHAT they are actually feeling. A case […]

Long Journeys & Long Faces!

I’m a little worried that by writing this post I may unleash some extremely stressful memories. The particular journey in question was a short drive from Liverpool to Dover, to Paris.. and back 4 days later. The reason I’m telling you this story is simply to weave in some tips (& don’t-do tips) in response […]

NaPoWriMo -or Words as Therapy

Don’t think that I’ll be posting this regularly- it just so happens that this post at Verily, Victoria Vocalises struck a chord. More precisely, a gong. When something hits you smack bang in the face & compels you to respond. Quite like the clarion call of an early rising child in our household; ..’Mum, mum, mum, MUM, […]