Category: Parenting and life

The obligatory starting school post

Finally, and at the same time all of a sudden, here it is. We survived the holidays, and it’s officially the first day of primary school. I say first day but really I mean first few hours, because that’s how it’s done. A few hours for a few days, mornings …

15 things which strike fear into the heart of any parent

Not a lot scares me. I’m not afraid of spiders, or snakes – at least not more than is entirely reasonable, some of those little bastards can kill you. I’m OK with heights. I don’t want to fall from them, but I’m OK with them. I’m fine walking down dark …

You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means

A long, long time ago, at my C-of-E school-leavers’ church service, the vicar who was leading the service apparently thought ‘twat’ was a mild, wholesome insult like ‘twit’ or ‘numpty’. A 16-year-old me found this pretty hilarious, and the memory of an elderly Christian priest jovially referring to ‘naughty’ people …

30 things I only do now I’m a parent

I would like to say parenthood hasn’t changed me. I would like to, but we all know that would be rubbish. There are all sorts of things I don’t do now that I’m a parent, and there are also a lot of things which I would never have predicted I would ever do. …

Ten rules of summer for preschoolers

1) It is never too early to demand ice cream. Before breakfast works quite well, and right before dinner. And at multiple points throughout the day. 2) If you are not currently eating a snack, or even if you are, you must ask for a snack. But of course you …

Thank heaven for little boys?

I wasn’t expecting to have a boy, I’m not sure I was made to have boys and I still question whether I’m up to the task sometimes. There are many things I wasn’t adequately prepared for. Firstly, their relationship with their penis. Cliche perhaps, but undeniably true; it’s their first …

It’s too hot: An ode to a heatwave

It’s too hot to be inside, it’s way too hot to be out. It’s too hot to walk, it’s too hot to get in the car. It’s too hot for deodorant to be anywhere near effective. It’s definitely too hot to go on public transport. It’s too hot to go …