At this point of term, I start to both look forward to and dread the summer holidays - in equal measure. I'm really looking forward to the more relaxed pace, no school runs, no frenzied uniform-washing, no scrabbling around for 50p because there's a Bun Sale (I mean, who actually uses cash … [Read more...] about HOW TO SURVIVE SUMMER AS A PARENT (WITHOUT KILLING YOUR KIDS!)
The summer holidays can seem a loooooong time, so here are some resources to accompany you as you journey through the days and weeks, experiencing joy through exhaustion!
Back in the days when I had two small, preschool-aged children, I used to dread the long summer. Throughout term-time we enjoyed a range of toddler groups and classes, but when it came to the summer holidays, these all closed down. The friends who I'd usually hang out with for playdates and … [Read more...] about 10 IDEAS FOR SURVIVING SUMMER WITH YOUNG CHILDREN
Summer's here, and the holidays are looming - which, if you're a parent of school-aged kids, means kiddoes everywhere, all the time - argh! Someone pass me the gin. Before you start with the sand and the shovel, though, I have good news for you: here are 100 free or cheap summer activities for … [Read more...] about 100 FREE OR CHEAP SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS (PLUS FREE SUMMER BUCKET LIST PRINTABLE)
You know my absolute favourite type of books? Those which are short and pack a punch. Short because...well, clearly, this exhausted mama doesn't have a lot of time to read, and who wants to be slogging on with the same book for months and months? War and Peace ain't gonna get finished in the next … [Read more...] about Eye Can Write (review and GIVEAWAY!!!)
I'll spare you the details, but this December has been a particularly busy one. Now December is always busy - who am I kidding, thinking there might be some actual rest involved - but various circumstances outside my control have meant that this year's festive season has been just a little more … [Read more...] about 7 Easy Steps to Making a Family Meal Plan
A couple of weeks ago I was having a text conversation with my sister-in-law about some of the family arrangements for Christmas. At one point, I was about to type a reply saying, "Your family is ridiculous!" Allow me to back-track and give some context. I get on really well with my in-laws, and … [Read more...] about How NOT to talk about your in-laws this Christmas
The kids and I love Advent, and all the fun preparations for Christmas. We have loads of little traditions that we look forward to, and try to focus on sharing the story of Jesus' birth in creative and fun ways. One of these traditions is our Advent basket. You may do something similar in your home … [Read more...] about What goes in our Advent basket?
One of the greatest and most unexpected joys of writing this blog has been acquiring a number of, ahem, more senior readers - those who may have grown-up kids and/or grandkids. If this is you, please know that I am soooo blessed by your presence here, your words of encouragement and the fact you … [Read more...] about For those whose child walked away from their faith…
The other day I shared twenty gift ideas for the grown-ups in your life this Christmas. I also shared how difficult I find Christmas shopping, even though I also love the challenge. In some ways, kids are easier than adults to buy for, because they almost always have a list which, when outstretched, … [Read more...] about Christmas Gift Guide for Kids (or – how do you give them what they need as well as what they want?)