Category: Parenting

The Benefits Of Giving Children Pocket Money

A few months ago we decided to start giving our children pocket money. They receive some here and there from family that boosts their money boxes, but they now also receive it regularly from us. They have to earn it, so they each have weekly chores to do, and if …

The Premier League Writing Stars Competition

Today I am working with Premier League Primary Stars as they are sharing news about the Premier League Writing Stars competition 2018. Last year there were over 25,000 entries around the theme of resilience, maybe there will be even more children giving poetry a try this year and entering? Last …

Creating a Family Adventures Jar

I don’t know about you, but my kids have got a lot of ‘stuff’. More ‘stuff’ than they know what to do with, and more ‘stuff’ than even sees the light of day. Which is why this year for Christmas, I’ll be creating a Family Adventures Jar. It’s a present …

Best Book Series’ for Kids Aged 6-10

As regular readers will know, I am a bookworm. And as I am very well aware of the benefits of reading, I am encouraging my children to be bookworms, too. One of the best ways that I have found to do this is to find an author, or even better …

Siblings November 2018

Is it just our household that is seeing excitement levels rising already? Thought not. Christmas is everywhere now, so my two are in the zone. They have a few things going on at school, too, so I can sense that over-excitement lurks just beneath the surface at all times. And …

Gift Ideas for Tween Girls

My daughter turned 9 years old last month and choosing her presents was something of a challenge. She’s at that age where there aren’t loads of things that she ‘needs’, she already has lots of stuff and she didn’t have many items on her wish-list. It seems that I am not …

Things To Tell Your 9 Year Old Daughter Now

My daughter turned 9 last month. Boo is growing up. She is in that middle ground between child and teen, ‘tween’. It’s a tricky age, I think. She swings from being a little girl and wanting to run around playing with her brother, to stomping up the stairs and giving …

Siblings October 2018

I’m not too sure where the last month has gone? Back at school, these two have settled back into the routine, have had lots of parties between them taking up our weekends and we’ve celebrated Boo’s 9th birthday. The time is flying by and we’re hurtling towards the end of …

Happy 9th Birthday, Boo

Today my beautiful daughter is 9 years old. I don’t know why, but ‘9’ just seems so grown up to me. I handled 7 and 8, but 9, 9 just seems too much! Maybe it is because I am seeing those changes in my girl, Boo is definitely growing up …

Managing My Son’s PlayStation Time

If Little Man could do just one thing all day, it would be to play on the PlayStation. Occasionally he’ll change things up and play on the Nintendo Switch or watch people playing on the PlayStation on YouTube, yes really. It’s fair to say that at the tender age of …

Siblings September 2018

Little Man is now 6! Both kids loved celebrating his birthday a couple of weeks ago, on the last day of the holidays. It was lovely to see how excited Boo was for him all day, how keen she was to make sure that he was having a good day …

Do I Make My Children Read?

Do I make my children read? That’s a question that I have been asked this week. Interesting question. And what if I do? Is reading really so bad? Is that so very cruel of me? As it happens, the answer is ‘no’, I don’t ‘make’ my children read. Children that …

Little Man is 6!

How can my baby be turning six years old today? Oh, and in truth ‘Little Man’ is now something of a misnomer. He’s taller than all of his classmates and most of the year above him! Little Man has been counting down the months, weeks and days to today. He …

Do The Ordinary Moments Matter?

Do you remember eating your breakfast as a child? I’m not asking whether you ate it, or even what you might have liked, just whether you remember actually doing it? I don’t. I know that I ate breakfast every day throughout my childhood. But I cannot for the life of …

Siblings August 2018

We’re already halfway through the summer holidays, the time is flying by. These two love the summer break. We try to get that balance between having things planned in, places to go, people to see, and then having days where we have nowhere that we need to be. Those are …

But Is This Religious Education?

My daughter’s class have recently been asked to compose a prayer. It doesn’t sit comfortably with me. In truth, I don’t fully understand the context and how this was positioned with them, and I would like to better understand that. What’s the thinking behind this? Is it, as a wise …

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