Unexpected flying toast

You know those beautiful blog posts you read about how much of a blessing young children are and how people are doing the best for their bright, well behaved children?  This isn’t one of them. This is about real life.  This is about the minor things that go wrong every single day that make bringing up children a bit like swimming through treacle.  There are the normal things that you expect. Getting ready to go out, thinking for once that you’re going to be on time to a baby group. Then one dirty nappy, and a toddler needing the toilet…

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Enjoying a rainy Sunday

Weekends tend to be a time for days out as a family. They usually include a walk with Pluto and we like to be outdoors. Today though, the weather was looking dreadful so in contrast to our usual weekends, we headed into town.  Both girls had a nice lazy morning listening to some music before we went anywhere. Lia in particular was thrilled by her first experience of listening to music on headphones.  The next exciting thing was a ride on the train. Libby has always been a huge fan of trains and she’s getting Lia in on the excitement…

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Pre-school half term

Odd though it may seem, I never really realised that half term was a thing before children went to school. But pre-school half term is definitely a thing, we checked.  We have our little routines each day. We are busy every morning with activities we’ve been doing since Libby was tiny. Singing groups, playgroup, ballet and a morning a week at nursery for Libby. She also goes to my mum’s one morning a week while I take Lia to sing and sign.  This week though, everything has been different. Despite the lack of our normal routine, we’ve been hugely busy.…

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Letting my children down

I think that as parents, we all beat ourselves up about doing the best for our children. Sometimes, our best is all we can do but I know that for me, it will never be good enough. Here are the ways I’m letting my children down. Can you relate to any of them? I don’t pay enough attention to either child. I know that Lia suffers in particular, to such an extent that her development is notably behind where Libby’s was at the same age. By now, Libby could point to all her body parts, even her eyebrows. She was…

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Winter sunshine

I think that my lack of time at the moment is making me really appreciate the times when I do manage to get out into the sunshine.  This weekend has been incredibly busy with work and I have loads on for the whole week. Unfortunately I had to cancel my long run yesterday afternoon due to time constraints, but we’d had a walk planned for weeks so I found the time to go.  I was delighted that I did, it was such a beautiful day. Being out on the hills with people who aren’t local to the area really brought…

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