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Thursday Photo #101

I finally feel like things are calming down a bit here. Everything is still chaos, I still have tidying up, paperwork and gardening that should have been done months ago, but I’m slowly starting to catch up. Or at least not get any further behind. I’ve had quite a lot going on with my blog over the past few weeks, resulting in lots of lovely things coming our way to review, for both myself and the girls. And of course, the dogs got involved too with their fabulous dog’s tea party. The next couple of days are huge for both…

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10 ways to build children’s water confidence

Water confidence activities and water confidence games with the children have become an integral part of our week. Swimming has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a child, I swam competitively for our local club. The training regime was brutal, we’d often be in the water by 6.30 am to fit in an hour and a half before school, as well as swimming again in the evenings and at weekends. But these days, swimming is more about the children than me. I get in once or twice a month on my own,…

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Thursday Photo #100

Wow, 100 weeks of being a mum of two. And surprisingly, this is the week that things are finally starting to fall into place. I grew up as an only child. I have siblings, but they are all half-siblings, they are a lot younger than me and I’ve never lived with them. I had a happy childhood, I had everything I needed and had a good relationship with my parents. But I was lonely. I know a lot of people stick with one child for various reasons and there are definite advantages to it, but I never wanted it for…

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What can you do if you are unhappy with the school place your child is offered?

Like many parents across the country, we are currently waiting to find out which school has a place for our child. I have written before about the fact that we don’t feel our local school is the best place for her, and questioned whether we really have the right to choose a school. What are your optionsĀ if you are unhappy with the school place your child is offered? The right to an education is fundamental here in the UK and I will never forget how lucky my children are to have that opportunity. But I also have the right to…

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Thursday Photo #99

Since the weekend, we have been back in quarantine with chickenpox. Libby seems to have an amazing knack of timing her illnesses so she doesn’t miss out on anything. Last Thursday we had a lovely lunch at Resorts World Birmingham, Friday was another fabulous day out at the opening of the Drayton Manor Tamarin Trail. Saturday was a bit more chilled, followed by lunch with my husband’s family on Sunday. Then on Monday, the dreaded (but much anticipated) spots appeared. Neither of the girls have been particularly ill with chickenpox, predominantly due to the itching being largely controlled by rhus tox tablets.…

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