We live in the beautiful Oxford. Oxford is supposedly a cycling city, yet there have been a number of cycling deaths in city in the past years. I hasten to add, not cyclists' faults from what I can gather from the news and folklore. The cycling network is haphazardous: On the road, then on the pavement, then it just stops. Or even worse the road narrows, as a traffic … [Read more...] about We did it!!! Cycling to school in Oxford
Over the past week I have had to seriously resist being a helicopter parent and hush that little overprotective parent's voice in my head. The other day the kids got home from school with friends and decided to go out and play on the trampoline. They didn't actually make it to the trampoline, but got distracted by ice in the different pots and water butts. They decided to … [Read more...] about Helicopter parenting…not! But what about risks and stranger danger?
My lovely friend, Lizzie, wrote a very graphic and moving piece about domestic abuse that has resonated with lots of people, whether victims themselves or not. It certainly made me think and reflect, fear that my daughter or sons could ever stumble into such a relationship. Some of the statistics quoted on frequency of occurrence of domestic abuse (often wrongly named as … [Read more...] about Domestic abuse and raising confident children- is there a link?
. After a 2 week holiday my 4 year old went back to school yesterday. As it’s a day another mum picks her up, I was shocked to see her come home in a completely different uniform, than what I sent her away in the morning. She also left her water bottle and her lunch box at school, only bringing home her fruit box. This got me thinking: Are we expecting too much … [Read more...] about School- Too much responsibility too early?
. . With Saint Nicolas just past and Christmas still to come I am dreading even more toys coming into the house! They are everywhere! Over the weekend the Littlins and I made a stealth effort at sorting some of their toys, books, games in the playroom. They have IKEA Expedit bookcase – the HUGE 5 by 5 compartment one- and it groaning under the weight of all the … [Read more...] about Toys, toys, toys everywhere- Is less really more?