Tomorrow, the boy in my belly in this photo starts school. I'm not anxious for him - he'll be fine. It's me who has to adapt. You see - my baby boy, who was born approximately five minutes ago, is starting school. He's got a uniform and everything. He'll be learning important, grown-up things - … [Read more...] about MEMOIRS OF A PRESCHOOL MAMA (OR LETTER TO A NEW MAMA)
Parenting is such a challenging role! And there are so many people telling us how we should do it.
I am not one of those people. But I hope that by sharing my own - often highly flawed - experiences, I can offer reassurance and empathy to others going through similar challenges.
It was never meant to be the case. The kids and I often walked past the fag-smoking, obscenity-shrieking parents at drop-off or pick-up time, but I knew we'd not be living here when the time came to make a Decision. As a teacher, the school did provoke my curiosity - but there was no point wasting … [Read more...] about WHY I’M SENDING MY CHILD TO A SCHOOL IN SPECIAL MEASURES
For the last year, I've had the joy of leading a toddler group at our church along with two friends. Knowing that others may be wondering how to run or set up a similar group, I offer these few thoughts from my own experience - not because we've got it right, but so that you might learn from what's … [Read more...] about LEADING A CHURCH TODDLER GROUP
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll be well aware of my slightly disturbing obsession with writing simple Bible songs for my kids. Many kids' worship songs are too long and wordy for small children (of preschool age) to sing and/or understand. And I often find that when my kids are … [Read more...] about DAVID AND GOLIATH – A SONG FOR PRESCHOOLERS
A few weeks ago, I challenged myself to spend no more than £30 on my daughter's 2nd birthday party - a dollies' tea-party. We recently held a robot-themed party for Mister's 4th birthday and, again, I wanted to see if I could do it for less than £30. (A small aside: what a cool theme for a … [Read more...] about HOW TO PLAN A ROBOT PARTY FOR £30
It’s all Kate’s fault. My friend Kate, mum extraordinaire, just happened to drop into conversation one day that she sets each of her oldest three kids a £30 budget for their birthday parties. £30??!! She makes them a cake outside this budget, but everything else (food, entertainment, … [Read more...] about HOW TO PLAN A DOLL-THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR £30
I struggle to find Christian songs which are easy for pre-school kids to sing and remember. Most Christian kids' songs have far too many words for tiny ones, and are clearly geared towards primary-age children. So my preference, where possible, is to re-word a nursery rhyme or popular tune with … [Read more...] about CREATION SONG FOR KIDS
Having written about the challenges of prayer, Bible reading, meeting together and hospitality as a parent, I'm now going to focus on share something a bit personal to me: how do we find opportunities to 'minister' as parents? The pear orchard A year ago, my friend was praying and had a very clear, … [Read more...] about PARENTHOOD AND MINISTRY: SERVING WHEN YOU’RE EXHAUSTED
This is not an advert for stay-at-home parenting. It is, however, an honest reflection on my 3.5 years of being a SAHM, designed for those who might be wondering about leaving their jobs to care for their kids full-time or most-time. Because while I don't think for one moment that this is the … [Read more...] about STAY-AT-HOME PARENTING: WHERE’S THE INTELLECTUAL STIMULATION?