This afternoon, Libby said the words that no parent to a little girl wants to hear. I brushed her hair, put a clip in it and put her glasses on before she went to the park. She asked me why I’d put a hair clip in and I said, “Because it looks lovely. You always look lovely and now your hair is nice and tidy as well. Shall I show you in the mirror?”  She nodded, so we went to the bathroom mirror.  She looked in the mirror and I said, “Look, what a pretty girl.” She said, “What a not-pretty…

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This week has been a little bit of a struggle if truth be told. So I’ll spare you the sugar coating.  Firstly, nothing bad has actually happened. We’re just all a bit below par, and I reserve my right to tell it like it is.  Both girls have had a cold this week, resulting in both of them being up in the night – obviously not at the same time, they took it in turns to make sure we felt just as rubbish as them.  And the result? We do! Let’s have a round of applause for the sprogs.  And…

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You may or may not know that the 23rd of April is St Georges day. Sadly, you also may or may not realise that St George is the patron saint of England. These days, there is much debate around whether we are regarded as racist if we are proud to be English. I don’t think we are, I’ve never met anyone who regarded me as racist just because I’m proud of the country that I was born in. And that is why my children are being raised knowing that they are English, and that this is something to be proud…

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This evening, Libby asked if we could eat dinner outside. It was such a lovely evening that I couldn’t possibly refuse.  And having spent a large proportion of the day outside, it seemed a shame to waste the last part of it and head straight back in afterwards.  So we spent some time outside with some new books.  Libby has recently started to really understand and follow stories. Which is a relief in many ways because it makes her more inclined to listen, but we do now tend to get stuck on the favourite book on repeat.  New books are…

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I recently noticed this article about a restaurant who were criticised and even threatened for banning “small, screaming children”. Apparently, there are parents everywhere who are outraged by both the ban on children and the way it was worded.  I am not one of them.  Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t go to this restaurant even if it wasn’t as far away as Nova Scotia. But that’s because it’s a lobster restaurant, not because they don’t want screaming children in there.  I take my children to restaurants. Actually, they’ve been to some rather nice restaurants. This morning I even took the two…

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