Category: Family Life

As easy as riding a bike

We’ve recently been teaching our 6-year-old to ride a bike. What with all my operations, babies and so on we never got round to it before. We did get him a balance bike and it came out once or twice. We took him to a local car park (on a …

For my mum – the single parent

Although I am not one I was raised by a single parent. Single parents come in many guises, men, women, straight, gay, they work, they don’t, they have one child, they have many. Some single parents have an ex partner that helps shoulder the load of childcare whilst others are, …

Alternative gifts that cool mums will love this Mother’s Day

In case it has escaped your notice Mother’s Day is fast approaching. As usual I have left this guide until the last minute…unless you’re reading this after 11th March 2018 in which case I’m early – you’re welcome! I decided to create a list of things other than personalised tea …

An incidentally perfect wedding day

I’m getting married! Well, I might be, if we ever get round to arranging it. I have been married before, we didn’t have children and we divorced after about 2 years. It wasn’t meant to be. Our wedding was at at the local register office and had our reception in …

Cyprus! A great holiday destination on a budget

Having family in both France and Cyprus we like to try and visit them as regularly as my health and our budget will allow. Vince’s parents live in France and my aunt, uncle and cousins live in Cyprus. Admittedly we travel to France more regularly as it’s easy to pack …

My experience of depression – drugs vs talking therapy

Depression, the black dog, that gloomy cloud that envelops your being from morning to night. That feeling of dread. Doom. Waking in the night. Crying for seemingly no reason. Self harm. Spending money you don’t have. Not going out. Going out too much. Alcohol. Drugs. Poor body image. Feeling unloved, …

#smearforsmear week – just have your effing smear

So ladies, the Jade Goody effect has worn off and less eligible ladies are having their smear. This is frankly ridiculous. I won’t lecture you. You know what could happen. You could ultimately die from something that could be prevented. If your smear is due, book an appointment, go and …

Should schools police unhealthy snacks?

The BBC have reported here that a secondary school in Kent are searching bags each morning and confiscating unhealthy snacks. The school states “We had noticed a deterioration in concentrations, learning and behaviour particularly from students bringing into school large multi-packs of unhealthy food, snacks and drinks.” I guess that …

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