Top 10 Toys & Games That Stand The Test of Time

Our children are now 10, 7 and 5. I’ve been trying to declutter the children’s bedrooms lately and it made me think about the toys and equipment they’ve played with most during their childhood so far. I think we could have coped with just ten sets of toys and equipment. What’s more, most of these…

The Joy of Easter Egg Competitions

It’s that time of year again. I’ve boiled about a dozen eggs, the kitchen table has been commandeered and tensions are running high. Yes, it’s the traditional Easter egg competition. I can just about cope with World Book Day costumes, but Easter egg competitions finish me off. This year there was a double whammy. Not…

Zero Waste Childhood

I’ve been meaning to write this post for some time now and I suspect it will lead to a series of more specialised posts on this topic. Setting out on a zero waste journey with three young children on board poses more challenges than setting out on the same journey with only yourself or yourself and…

Beautiful Sky

I had to share the beautiful sky we have had today. This is what it looked like this morning: And on the way home from school this afternoon, it looked like this: I don’t think I need to write anything else.

Christmas Is Coming!

Our Christmas cakes are baked and sitting in their tins soaking in brandy, so Christmas must be on its way. I am nowhere near as organised as I usually am. I’ve ordered the turkey and starting buying one or two presents for the children on our list, but apart from that I haven’t done a…

It’s Not Easy Being Three

I feel for our three year old at the moment. It must be hard being three. It must be hard when you get upset but you’re so wrapped up in being upset that you can’t articulate why you’re upset and what would make you less upset. ‘The duvet! The duvet! Aaargh!’ (He doesn’t like the…

Philip Larkin, Dr Laura & ‘Perfect’ Parenting

What do Philip Larkin and Dr Laura Markham have in common? Well, Philip Larkin was a no-nonsense 20th century poet from Hull and Dr Laura Markham is an American Clinical Psychologist and founder of Aha Parenting. It sounds like they have nothing in common, doesn’t it? The thing they have in common is that they are…