It is almost a year to the day since we moved to our new house Little L has had his own room since then and we hadn’t got round to really making it his own. I was over the moon when Stickerscape asked if we could work together. Of course I jumped at the chance and chose a beautiful set of Dinosaur wall stickers. Little L has a bit of a thing for dinosaurs Being the younger brother he is quite lucky in that he can play with his big brother’s vast toy collection which includes model dinosaurs ROAR! He is a bit dino crazy, soRead More →

For years I fell into the trap of “mummy guilt” Were we doing enough? Did I play with them enough? Were we going out enough? Did they get enough exercise? Were they being ‘socialised’? The mummy guilt was strong! Well, do you know what? Fuck that shit! I was 34 when I had Big L. I had big plans on how he would be raised. I would be a gentle parent, I hoped to home school (yes I still have an urge to do that, he’s 7 now – there’s still time, right?) he would attend a forest preschool and so on and so forth.Read More →

Why Becoming a Young Parent Isn’t a Bad Thing Worried about the perils of parenthood? You aren’t alone. With staggering figures revealing that most Brits don’t feel like they’re adults themselves until age 26, the idea of raising a child might seem a daunting and unmanageable prospect for younger people. The same study found that most people don’t even take on the responsibility of doing their own laundry until the age of 21. Could having a kid be a realistic aim in a society where even this simplest of disciplines is taken on so long after the legal age of adulthood? Today, we’re going to analyseRead More →

#frenchroad #frenchmotorway #cockpit

As you may know if you have read my previous posts (if not why not, it’s not too late! Read them straight after this, you won’t regret it!) Monsieur Incidental is French. Like proper French, with an accent and everything. His family still live in France and we usually visit them once a year. These days we usually choose to drive. Driving in France isn’t as bad as it might sound. We like to make it a road trip. With two children it can be a *cough* adventure. I often see requests for tips on driving in France or cries for help in keeping childrenRead More →

So you didn’t get your first choice primary school? 3 years ago I was in the same position and here is how I made our appeal. We had requested our closest school and given the reason as my medical condition. I suffer from Crohn’s and have to have a lot of operations and hospital appointments. When we filled out the form I made it clear why we were applying for the place. Prior to our application I spoke to the school in question to and was advised to get a letter from my surgeon confirming why I was requesting the place. Not only that butRead More →

How we progressed from a balance bike to stabilisers #bike #balancebike #toddlebike #stabiliser #stabilizers

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 Sunday when it was shut – we’re not mad!) but we didn’t persevere. This is a shame as I think he would have benefited from learning earlier and how cute does he look? He currently has one with stabilisers. The other Sunday we decided to give it a go on the road outside our houseRead More →

#scbu #nicu #baby #toddler

This time in 2016 I was a fat waddling mess. You, my son, were two weeks late and I had had enough. I went into hospital to be induced only to find you were in distress and hours later you were born into the world, dragged through the sunroof to the voice of Freddie Mercury and the sound of Queen. He gave you your middle name. It seemed apt. You had the cord wrapped around your neck. You weren’t breathing and you were resuscitated and whisked away to SCBU while I was being stitched back together. There was talk of brain damage and moving youRead More →

#singlemomsrock #mum #mom #singleparent #singlemom #momlife #grandparent

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, well, absent. My Father cluttered off when I was seven and I stopped seeing him altogether at around 9 or 10. This is for my mum and all the other single parents (yes, this is for the dads too) that rock the hell out of it! I see you, single parent, wiping tears, noses andRead More →

#shnooks, #series2, #candyscented

I’m very fond of these little Shnooks creatures, Big L reviewed the original Zuru Shnooks last year and since then it comes out fairly often, its fuzzy hair usually tickling Little Ls chin. Although they are appropriate for age 3 and upwards (likely due to the smaller accessories I would imagine), when you have a nearly 7-year-old and an almost 2-year-old age limits on toys tend to go out of the window, well they do in my house anyway. This time 3 turned up which resulted in much excitement! They are almost completely flat in cardboard packaging contained in a plastic “bubble” hence the tagline “fromRead More →

This week is Anti Bullying Week How do I know this? Because Little L (aged 6 and a half) has come home with dreams of joining the “Anti-Bullying Alliance” (it might not actually be called that but you get the gist). He is so determined to stand up to bullies and stand up for those who are being bullied it makes my heart swell with pride (and worry me a little but there you go). The slogan for Anti Bullying Week is “All Different, All Equal” which is just fabulous in my humble opinion I was bullied at school I was called names for aRead More →