Language never stops evolving. And the dictionary never stops expanding. This powerful tool called ‘communication’ is one we rely on immensely in life. But as we patiently taught our toddlers to cutely say ‘bye bye’ or ‘moo cow,’ who knew we would one day end up mourning this landmark in their development, as we today … Continue reading A PARENTAL GUIDE TO TEEN SPEAK
When I had my first baby, I remember someone saying: “don’t worry, it gets easier.” I needed that at the time. Especially the day I accidently went out in my slippers and baby sick in my hair as I grappled with exhaustion juggling single parenting, two little ones under the age of 3 and work. … Continue reading DOES IT GET EASIER?
You may be nail biting your way through your final few weeks of high school, scared and worried about what the future holds after graduation, but let me tell you a little secret. Although education is important and useful and will open some doors….it doesn’t guarantee success. It doesn’t make you ‘smart’ and it doesn’t … Continue reading Dear Daughter
Days 30-37 - week 5 Monday 13 April 2020 - Day 30 Monday morning blues and the start of week 5.Both kids a bit lethargic after their week ‘off’ last week for easter holidays so had to ease them back into their school work routine which was about as appealing as a pandemic lock down... … Continue reading Lock down hell – week 5
Spain went into Coronavirus lock down on March 15. Here's my daily blog to keep me sane and you informed with things you wish you knew. Or probably preferred not to know... Days 0-8 - week 1 - and so it begins. Saturday March 14, 2020 - Day 0 So kids are now off school … Continue reading Lock Down Hell – week 1
If we gave birth to teenagers who then regressed, I truly believe the human population would quite literally face extinction. The only way we, as parents, can mentally and physically deal with the onslaught of adolescent hormones is because we still remember the halcyon days of teeny tiny cute babies and toddlers that once gave … Continue reading The Terrible Teens
Once upon a time there was a very lovely, sweet-natured little girl who lived in a house with her calm and sensible mother, her patient and caring father and cute, if not somewhat annoying, little brother. One day puberty burst into the house uninvited and announced itself with a flourish. It transformed the very lovely, … Continue reading Puberty v Menopause
Telling my young kids their father had died was probably the worst thing I have ever had to do. It’s not something you can really prepare yourself for. Do you break it to them gently? Are you honest and completely truthful? Should you spare them the details to ease the pain? Do you use distraction … Continue reading When he died.
As I remind my son to brush his teeth for the umpteenth time that morning it dawns on me that one day, in the not too distant future, I will hand my boy over to you, the lady who will become his world and the cuddles and hugs he once bestowed upon me will become … Continue reading From me to you