Leave mums out of music classes

Music classes

They’re the words that every mother dreads ‘Now all the mums can join in!’

I’ve been taking E along to music classes for the last couple of years and while it’s a great opportunity for him to learn about different sounds, rhythms etc it’s also a great opportunity for me to sit down and have a hot drink while someone else entertains him.

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Bad mom alert!

Bad mom alert

Bad mom alert! We have a new family activity that we’ve been enjoying every weekend and it doesn’t involve any fresh air or exercise (unless you can class air conditioning as fresh air and reaching into a bag of popcorn as exercise…)

I don’t know about anyone else but when we wake up (early) on a Saturday morning our main objective is to get out of the house without doing anything too strenuous.

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Toy (horror) Story

Toy horror story

It all started off well, we had a toy we needed to return due to it breaking within seconds of taking it out of the packaging (not the first time this has happened) and that meant we could basically buy something that would cost me nothing – win, win.

We were both excited as we hopped in the car and drove off, singing along happily to the radio.

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The Fall

The Fall

Kids are smart and as they get older they come up with more and more inventive ways to get what they want. My son’s latest attempt to twist my arm involved some ‘play-acting’ which was impressive, but unsuccessful…

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10 reasons parents will be relieved when the heatwave’s over


It’s great that we’re having a heatwave – right? Wrong! When you’re a parent it just makes life even more complicated…

  1. It’s bad enough that the sun takes so long to go down but when it’s hot too? Can’t sleep, won’t sleep!
  2. You’d think that the good weather would mean less muddy footprints. Unfortunately, once you throw a paddling pool into the mix your floor will resemble a swamp.
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Like mother, like son?

Like mother like son

Like any other mother-to-be I used to daydream about what my baby was going to look like. What characteristics would he inherit? Would he get my dark hair and hazel eyes or my husband’s blonde hair and blue eyes? Secretly I was hoping that he would look more like my husband, partly because he was a boy and partly because I think you always want what you don’t have. I find my dark hair and eyes quite boring so I love the idea of having a child with the opposite.

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The one where I stole a toy from a child…


Yesterday I stole a toy from a child…

It wasn’t my child and it definitely wasn’t my toy but never the less it ended up in my handbag…

We arranged to meet a friend and her children yesterday morning at the local play centre. I always find it better to go with someone you know as time doesn’t creep along at such an excruciatingly slow pace.

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The 10 worst times your toddler needs to use the bathroom


We decided to go to the park earlier to take advantage of the unexpected sunshine. Unfortunately, the second we arrived my three year old decided he needed to go to the bathroom. I didn’t fancy helping him crouch in the bushes (although we’ve done this several times before) and instead legged it to the café around the corner. Of course after arriving huffing and puffing a couple of minutes later he’d changed his mind! By that stage I’d already assured the coffee shop that we’d be back to order a drink so we sat down to catch our breath with a cup of tea and a scone. Needless to say I was left to pick at the crumbs…

Does anyone else find that their threenager insists they need to go at the most awkward times??

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Not pregnant just doing a ‘Jennifer Aniston’

Jennifer Aniston

Poor Jennifer Aniston! The woman can’t have a sandwich without the press claiming she’s pregnant. When I first saw the pictures of her and Justin on the beach in the Bahamas I was stunned, not because I thought she was expecting but because the former ‘Friends’ star is 47 and she has a fantastic figure.

She is pictured on the front of InTouch magazine with a big arrow pointing at her stomach claiming that this is the first bump pic.

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Respect your elders

respect your elders

We were at the playground yesterday and we witnessed one of the cleverest (and funniest) parenting techniques I’ve ever seen…

We’re in Spain on holiday at the moment but it was overcast yesterday so the park was our best option.

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