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Divorced Dad

Sorry this took so long to put up. It was with the lawyers in case there was anything contentious in the post. Divorced Dad has the kids a couple of nights a week unless he’s working abroad or working a broad (as his ex calls the girlfriend). He books into a B&B not far away […]

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4-Wheel Drives

Blog for wheel

This week I’m going to look at parents and children on the school run. Pity the poor children like yours and mine who arrive bedraggled in the rain without proper transport. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Just ask Santa very nicely this year and, given miracles do sometimes happen, you too could […]

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Tales, Tweeps & Titters Part II – Blogfest 2013

  Blogfest 2013 Part II … I left you last time just before the final session of the morning with Professor Tanya Byron, Dr Sue Black and Jon Ronson discussing technology – quo vadis? I arrived late from my Blog Clinic and managed to sweep up a Mark Warner family friendly cocktail en route. Creeping […]

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Celebrity Chef

celebrity chef

Is a hotel the sort of place you really want to bring children? Well actually yes, or at least why not as we were quite last minute in our search for a couple of days away from the roost. We wanted to celebrate a big anniversary and break up the endless half term with a […]

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Half Term

What are you doing for Half Term? Are you one of those parents who prepares months ahead? Do you book tickets for ‘Matilda’, save tokens for Legoland and try to pin down your relations for a visit? We’re the sort of family who normally realises a few days before the break that there won’t be […]

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Mary Berry and Me

Baking Final

This is a bit like my kitchen. (Only a bit, though because it’s quite small and there aren’t so many young people in it. Also, I have never to my knowledge mislaid a pastry lid, although sometimes bits around the edge mysteriously disappear when the pie comes out of the oven). It doesn’t even have a […]

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Homework

Gummy doing homework

  The nightly nightmare of homework. Does your child walk through the front door and say, “I can’t WAIT to do my homework – just try and stop me”. Hmmm. I know some kids who do that, well that’s what their Mums tell me, and I would absolutely LOVE to know how they do it. […]

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Facebook

  Giving in to your toddler with sweets and fizzy drinks is the thin end of a Wii-shaped wedge, so I recommend starting young with discipline and not giving an inch. Perhaps kids learn threatening behaviour from their elders, or maybe it’s just one of the many things that come in their baby toolbox like […]

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Smartphone

Smartphones

…but EVERYONE I know has a smartphone! Now where have I heard that before? Actually last week was the first time my son threw this curved ball my way: “I’m the ONLY person I know who DOESN’T have a smartphone” “Aha! but your best friend ‘A’ doesn’t have one“, say I as quick off the […]

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School ‘Uniform’

If your child is ‘lucky’ enough to go to a school with no uniform, you may have come across the fine social distinctions that kids make when assessing what someone else is wearing. Otherwise known as straightforward snobbery, what a boy or girl wears to school is as much school ‘Uniform’ as this. I have […]

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New School Uniform

A new term for some of us means a new school uniform. What is irresistible is buying a brand new outfit at least once to show Great Aunt Jemima who’s helping towards (paying for) the private tutor.  After that, any old hand-me-down complete with resident moth family and peculiar looking stains will do. If you’re […]

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Homeward Bound

Time to come home! The new term looms, and the trains, boats and planes deliver us all back from foreign or native climes – we’re Homeward Bound. How did your luggage serve you? I went shopping for a lightweight but durable suitcase by a well-known manufacturer a few weeks ago before heading off to France. […]

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Gap Year

What are your teenagers doing now they’ve finished celebrating (or commiserating) ? IN MY DAY … Never thought I’d hear myself say that! But we didn’t have any concept of a Gap Year before starting work. On the other hand, does the world benefit from hundreds of thousands of students being launched straight into the […]

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Exam Results

Exam Grades

Can you ever relax on holiday knowing the exam results are on their way? I hope your kids all did as well as they deserved in their GCSE’s and A Levels this year! Of all the Heir Raising problems, exams have got to be right up there, no? On the whole, most parents are pretty […]

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Wimbledon Ambition | Andy Murray Inspires

Wimbledon Ambition | Andy Murray inspires

Andy Murray seems to have inspired a generation of young tennis players to raise the trophy at Wimbledon as he himself did recently. Runny Mummy doesn’t mind how her daughter gets there, but getting into a school in the catchment area that selects Ball Boys and Girls is a good start. The child could be […]

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