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School, slacking and perfectionism...
Being a perfectionist with school work can be damaging to a child's mental health. But what is a perfectionist? And are my own kids at risk?
Quick Question – Why does my nose run when I exercise?
You’re finally out the door for a brisk walk, jumping around in your gym class or bouncing your ball on the netball court and before you know it you’re searching for a tissue. Just a qu…
I'm a Twitter troll and I'm not even sorry
Why I'm a Twitter troll and I'm not even sorry. Spoiler: Social media can be used to redress the power balance between individuals and big companies.
Remembering World War 2, my grandad and his long-dead brother with my daughter on Remembrance Sunday.
The German exchange
When he started at his grammar school two years ago, my younger son’s favourite subject was German. So he went on the school trip to Germany earlier this year and, when the opportunity arose to do a German exchange, he jumped at the chance. I know exchange visits aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. For the …
Christmas Gift Ideas 2018
If you are looking for Christmas gift inspiration this year, I have lots of lovely gift ideas that for just about everyone in the family
How to win at online grocery shopping
I love online grocery shopping but there are a few pitfalls that you need to avoid to make sure that you are winning when it comes to online shopping
24 hours in Manchester with Roomzzz
Spending 24 hours in Manchester as a family with two young children staying in a Roomzzz aparthotel in Manchester Corn Exchange in adjoining rooms.
Paying for a flu jab
I’m the most ridiculously healthy person I know. Yes, I suffer from IBS and eczema and will probably be on acne medication for life, but I’m never ill. And I don’t just mean soldiering on bravely. I am NEVER ill. The last time I had more than a cold was in 2009, and even that …
Things to do with the kids in London this Autumn
We are planning a family trip to London in November and so I have been on the lookout for the best things to do with the kids in London this autumn
A family day out at Coral Island Blackpool
Coral Island in Blackpool is an ideal indoor attraction for families and adults who like gaming. Featuring rides, games, 2p machines and an over 18 area.
Does anyone actually sleep during a sleepover?
Does anyone actually sleep during a sleepover? And why they are named sleepovers, when nobody actually manages to get any sleep?
When your kids start dating: The smiles and the tears of young love
You're 11. You've got your first boyfriend. Everything is smiles and young love. And just like that, parenting got harder.
Finding the joy in reading
How we found the balance between learning to read through school books and learning to love reading by choosing books the child enjoys.
When Did Blogging Become a Dirty Word? - Inside, Outside & Beyond
Yes I'm a little embarrassed about the fact that I blog but is blogging something to be ashamed of? Why is there so much negativity around blogging as a career?
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
Book review of Lethal White, the fourth novel in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith, better known as J K Rowling.
Discussing sex with a nearly nine year old
I have been under pressure to explain sex to my daughter and thanks to my teenage son, that discussion happened a little earlier than expected
Why Haven holidays are not for us
Haven Holiday parks are dog friendly & aimed at families, with entertainment for children & adults. It sounded ideal but we didn't enjoy it. Here's why.
Best October half term and Halloween events 2018 West Midlands
Best October half term and Halloween events for children and families in the West Midlands 2018. Suitable for families from young children to adults.
Should parents check their teen's mobile phones?
Are you the parent of a teen? Do you check their phone? Am I a terrible mother because I do? Should parents check their teen's mobile phones?
Dear Me (with no apologies to Peter Ustinov)
Thought I would sit down and write to find out what I’m really thinking
7 surefire signs that you are middle aged! - Inside Out
What is middle aged? Is it an actual age you reach or a state of mind you achieve? Just for fun, here are a 7 surefire signs you are middle aged.
My First Fan Fiction (and Probably My ONLY FanFic)
I have written my first fan fiction for my favorite trilogy of all time - Mass Effect. Even if you don't know the game, I hope you enjoy the story!
Why I am against smacking children
Hey readers, Last week The Association of Educational Psychologists said that they want to ban parents from smacking children at home. Smacking is banned in schools however parents can smack their …
How to Feel Good in your Clothes
Here’s my tips on how to feel good in your clothes.
Summer Training Recap : Keeping The Miles In My Legs
It's time for the August Run Down (with a little bit of September thrown in for fun).
The One Time I Was A Run Director At Parkrun
I organised a Blackburn Road Runners takeover at Hyndburn parkrun and was Run Director for the day!
9 tips to prepare your child for tooth extraction
Know your options of general or local anaesthetic for children's tooth extraction and how to keep them calm and make sure the experience isn't traumatic.
On Keeping the Plates Spinning - Inside, Outside & Beyond
The start of a new school year can trigger overwhelm for many of us and I know for me personally, this last quarter of the year is hectic with four birthdays in the house and a wedding anniversary (cue lots of opportunities for smashed plates!).
Return to Center Parcs
We love a holiday to Center Parcs (we always go to Longleat as it’s not too far away). I’m not sure how many times we’ve been, but it’s probably at least eight or nine, going right back to when my eldest was a toddler and I was pregnant with my younger son. But it’s been …
Why we should talk about suicide #WorldSuicidePreventionDay
In the UK today, if you are aged 5-34 you are more likely to die from suicide than anything else. It is the biggest killer of our younger po...
Twitter And The Cult Of Personality
A cult of personality occurs when a leader uses mass media to protray a false heroic image of themselves. Can this happen on twitter too?
10 ways blogging is like having a child
A parenting blog. Blogging honestly about family life with a son on the spectrum.
The Forgotten Forest
The Forgotten Forest: A Review “Mama, I love it!” Munch turned to me with his eyes wide, full of wonder and inspiration. We had just finished a new bedtime story,...
Songs of Summer: And What I'm listening To Now
Come listen to some of the Songs of Summer to what I have on my playlist now. This is the music of my rockin' little world.
The Scourge of the Green Eyed Monster | Ideas4Dads - Inspiring Dads to be even better
I imagine this will turn into quite a confessional and meandering post. I should be doing other pieces of work but there is nothing more cathartic for me than writing out about something that it is bothering me. Today it is something that can rear it’s ugly head regularly if I don’t work hard to …
For Squidgy, On Your First Day at School
Dearest Squidgy, This day, that was so far from my mind as I held you for the first time, is finally here.
Parenting: 29 Essential Tips for Starting Secondary School
Invaluable advice for your child, from those who've been there
Free things to do in Bristol with kids
(Nearly) being a witness in a court case
A couple of months ago, I saw something rather strange. It was broad daylight, but someone appeared to be trying to break into my neighbour’s garage. It all happened very quickly, but I decided to take a photo. I called my neighbour and sent her the photo. Within minutes, she had called the police. A …
Just over a month ago I wrote about my first impressions of the Amazfit Stratos. It is fair to say I was impressed with what I saw. But how does the Stratos stack up, now that I have given it a full workout?
Peanut butter cookies…
Click here to print this recipe. I very much love cookies. I dare say that I actually may love them more than cake. Shh, don’t tell cake I said that! Peanut butter cookies have always been a …
I am cool with my son wearing a dress
Hey readers, My son last week started year two at school. During year one in the summer term, he decided he wanted to wear a dress. I and my husband said yes we have no problem with him wearing a d…
Crochet Winnie The Pooh - Free Pattern
A free pattern for a gorgeous crochet Winnie The Pooh. The final piece is approximately 12" high. This pattern is rated easy/intermediate in terms of difficulty.
First Cubs Camp
In April of 2017, while Cheeky Chap was still in Beavers, the section leader announced that in the summer of 2018 they would be going on PGL camp for the first time in five years. She said that Beavers who were going to be moved up by August 2018 were also welcome to go, meaning that despite not being due to move up to Cubs for over a year, Cheeky Chap was eligible to go. However, there were only 50… Continue Reading "First Cubs Camp"
7 Days in Mexico at The Grand Moon Palace
We went on honeymoon to Mexico back in 2001, and I still have a slight regret we didn't book the Moon Palace. But 17 years later we returned to The Grand
A dog friendly family holiday at Hoburne Blue Anchor
Hoburne Blue Anchor is a dog & family friendly holiday park adjacent to the beach on Blue Anchor bay in North Somerset. What to do there and why we love it.
When the Kids go Back to School
Using the words Back to School, I have been thinking about what that all means for us parents and how life changes when the new school year begins
This is how your brain changes with age
New research explores what increased communication between the two halves of our brain could mean for our health as we age.
What's Up With That: Why It's So Hard to Catch Your Own Typos
The reason typos get through isn't because we're stupid or careless, it's because what we're doing is actually very smart.