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?
Help! We are really struggling with Little Miss, our soon to be 5 year old. We love her dearly; yet end up being mean to her regularly. She just pushes us, both me and Oh-so-lovely-daddy, to our limit. It all starts in the morning: 3 year old is dressed (by himself mostly) in 5 minutes. This same task takes Little Miss upto 30 minutes (her uniform is laid out, she has … [Read more...] about Help! How can I be such a crap mum?!
. 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?