For years, I've had pangs of guilt for failing my child, failing to rescue him from his struggle to read…you know the ravaging mum guilt, that grips you when you know something isn't as it should be and you look to yourself for fault first: Meet Hugo, my clever, determined tri-lingual, soon to be quad-lingual, 8-year-old. He was lucky that he started school when he was … [Read more...] about How to Help an 8-year-old Struggling and Reluctant Reader?
Parenting fail...I thought I was doing a decent job with raising my kids to be happy with how they look. Then all it took was one sentence from Angelina- "I don't want to put those trousers on because they make my legs look fat!" - and all my confidence that I was winning at at least one aspect of parenting came crashing down. (Imagine multi-story building demolition with … [Read more...] about Pledge to be Real… for my Daughter’s and Sons’ Sakes
Deep minuses had had me worried and it wasn't long after arriving in Uppsala before we were to experience our first -20C (-4F). Thankfully I we were prepared, with the greatest help coming from Hugo's teacher who emailed us about all the gear we need, before we moved. Over the past month I've not had one complaint of being cold from the kids and we've been out enough. At … [Read more...] about Dressing the kids for winter and wintersports, the Swedish way
How often do we just rush from one thing to the other to the other? At the moment, I'm trying to get my head around our new life: Dadonthebrink in Sweden, the rest of us home in England. Sure he's back on some weekends, but I miss having him here every day. And the kids really miss him too; he's always been a very hands-on dad. We've been so lucky over the … [Read more...] about Capturing memories in times of change
Even with my parents here the house is uncharacteristically quiet. Dadonthebrink is away in Sweden. That is our weekday norm now and slowly we are getting used to it. We skype as often as we can, though sometimes our timings aren't synchronised, we are sitting down for a meal, or he is just driving to his accommodation. (He is still struggling to find a place for us all … [Read more...] about A Quiet House