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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Those were the days

Those were the days with no technology to distract us. No televisions, iPads or mobile phones. No text messages or social media, no endless selfies. Absolutely nothing to take our focus from the present or stop us from noticing the beauty of our surroundings. Those were the days when our focus was on family. When we kept in touch with aunts, uncles and cousins. When the next generation grew up playing outdoors together. Running around, games of tag, pushing each other on a rope swing hanging from a tree. Laughing and joking, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the…

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A tea party for dogs with Harringtons

Our dogs are a huge part of the family. We take them on holiday – last year they came over on the boat with us to the Isle of Wight; they come with us on days out, play with the children and generally get involved with everything that’s going on. So when Harringtons contacted us and asked if we’d like to throw the dogs a party, I thought it was a brilliant idea! This afternoon while the girls were having a nap, there was a knock at the door. Bubbles has a sixth sense for when a delivery is for…

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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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