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Category: Getting through the stressy bits

The Self-Help Guide to Birthday Parties

I’ve had the pleasure of spending my weekend at not one, but two birthday parties; one for my six year old son, and the other for his six year old pal. And after several hours of observation, it got me thinking: is there some international code of birthday party conduct shared between these youngsters that…




Ten things to avoid on a long car journey with children

We recently spent a seven hour hell-drive long car journey with our two children. And I learned some very important lessons which I feel duty-bound to share with you all. If you must embark on a long car journey with children, first of all, my advice is….don’t do it. But if you absolutely must, here…




Every parent’s love/hate relationship with stickers

Were you a sticker collector in your youth? I was. I collected Care Bear stickers (no, I’ve never actually been cool), and every time I could save up 50p I would run to the newsagents to buy a new pack of stickers, desperate in the hope I would secure one of the furry ones. The furry ones were the most prestigious…




The five things guaranteed to make this mum jealous

Back in the day, when I was single and my main worry in life was running out of cornflakes, I would spend my hard-earned cash on lovely handbags: impractical handbags, handbags with their own dust bags, handbags that were literally works of art. If I saw someone with a new bag I would immediately notice it and,…




A Brush with the Angry Birds at the Bird Park

Just when I thought I’d reached an all-time parenting low, I realise I have only just achieved bronze badge status. Here is my story of the day I took my five-year-old to the local Bird Park – only to discover that I am actually terrified of birds. It was the first week of the school…




How to boost your confidence – don’t listen to your children

How to boost your confidence – by not listening to your children I’ve posted before about imposter syndrome and how sometimes women are prone to feeling like a fraud.  I think we all need a confidence boost now and again – regardless of who we are and what we do. But sometimes, just sometimes,  I fall…




The 10 Most Disgusting Things Parents Do

Confession time. Before I was a mother I used to view other people’s dirty-faced children with alarm and disgust. “How difficult is it to keep a kid’s face clean?” I used to think. Well now I have my answer. And I am truly ashamed of myself for being so judgemental. Because the honest truth is…




The toddler and the lovely, stressful afternoon tea

Last Sunday it was Mother’s Day and I can honestly say it was the best one so far (to date I’ve enjoyed five as a proper official mother). However, I can’t lie to you. It didn’t quite go to plan. But then, when did anything involving a hyperactive toddler and a one-hundred-questions-a-minute- five-year-old ever go…




Coin-operated cars

How to tell your child that all good things must come to an end… Never. Repeat Never get seduced by those innocent looking coin-operated cars. They are officially EVIL! A heart-warming Before and After shot from the weekend. Send Gin and Fererro Rochers     Please follow and like me:




A Tale of The Perfect Mum and the Ninja Rabbit

Today was going to be so great. Today was my last day of proving that I could be The Perfect Mum. And I failed. It was the last day of the half term holidays with my five year old. I was going to make it count. I’d taken the week off work but I’d been…




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