Posted in: Reading
Tuesday 7th of November 2017

Time To Read?

We all seem to live such busy lives nowadays, so how do we find time to read? Finding the time to read to our children or even finding time to read ourselves seems to get harder and harder.  When my oldest was little, in the dark days before internet, I seemed to have so much more time available.  If I needed to do any form of banking, it had to wait until the next day when I would have to go in to town to the bank.  If I needed any shopping, then again, it had to wait until I

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Posted in: Reading
Tuesday 8th of November 2016

Walking in Paignton

My daughter attends stage school in Paignton on a Saturday morning and, as we live in Teignmouth, it’s just that bit too far to get home and back. Hence, like many other parents all over the UK, we end up hanging around for hours wondering what to do with ourselves whilst our little ones are oblivious to our plight. Last weekend I thought I had a fantastic solution. I would get my fitbit footsteps up and take my two year old for a walk in his buggy. My daughter’s stage school is located in South Devon College, Paginton and there

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Posted in: Helpful advice
Thursday 20th of October 2016

Stress Buster tips for October Half Term

Can you believe that half term is here already? Now is the time to plan how us Mums, Dads, Grans, Grandads, and all other carers are going to survive? Here are a few of my stress buster top tips:- 1. Don’t change your boundaries!  It’s so easy to let them stay up a little later in the holidays – big mistake! When the holidays are over getting them back to a normal bedtime will only cause conflict and you will no doubt hear those words “but I didn’t have to go to bed at that time last week”. Don’t forget

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Posted in: Reading
Friday 26th of August 2016

Bedtime Stories -v- School Reading Book

  It’s almost time for the children to return to school, I know I can’t believe it myself, and it’s around this time every year I promise myself to religiously do my child’s reading book with them every night after school. Like most New Year resolutions, I never manage to keep to it as, in a busy house, other things often take over. However, this year I’m determined, as I am well aware how important a task it is. I love reading bedtime stories to my daughter, so I’m not sure why I have so much difficulty getting up the

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Posted in: Helpful advice
Wednesday 1st of June 2016

Nappy Houdini

I’m currently foster mum to a little 2 year old boy who is a Nappy Houdini! Having already brought up two boys and fostered numerous others I have never seen anything like this! First of all the Health Visitor thought he might be trying to get access to his bits and bobs for comfort reasons. I could understand this after all, he had just experiences some huge changes in his life. Her advise was to put the nappy on backwards so that he couldn’t reach the nappy tabs. Good idea I thought until I walked in his room in the

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Posted in: Helpful advice| News
Tuesday 10th of May 2016

Primary School Places

I’ve written before about the lottery that is Primary School places but now the dust has settled the stories of those who didn’t get in are starting to surface. When I dropped my foster son off at nursery yesterday several of the mums were talking about these Primary School places. As I joined in the conversation the story became much clearer. To give you some background, we live in a small Devon seaside town with three primary schools. Two one side of town and one the other. As with most towns one is more popular than the other two. One

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Posted in: News| Uncategorised
Wednesday 4th of May 2016

Primary School Tests

There has been quite a heated debate in the news about primary school tests for seven-year old’s. I do ask myself how they managed to gauge the success of the school in my generation when we didn’t have any primary school tests until we got to secondary school. I also don’t remember my eldest son doing these primary school tests either but, I do remember going to sit with my youngest son to do his primary school tests because he has SEN requirements and, therefore, I had to sit with him to do his test. I remember even I struggled

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Posted in: News
Sunday 24th of April 2016

Unexplained Infertility

There has been a lot in the news lately about miscarriage and the new center opening up, in conjunction with Tommy’s, to research in to the cause, however, very little is ever mentioned about unexplained infertility. When I started trying for a baby, nothing happened. After a year, I went to see my GP who sent me to Queen Charlotte’s Hospital fertility clinic. After tests, that found my husband had no problems, I felt that the blame then lay squarely at my door! So month after month when nothing happened, the pressure I felt to succeed got more and more! People

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Posted in: News
Tuesday 19th of April 2016

Parking on the Pavement

I’ve decided I’m a total hypocrite!  Why?  Because I constantly end up parking on the pavement when I do the school runs but moan like mad when I’m out with the buggy and can’t walk on the pavement because of cars parking on the curb.     It wasn’t until today that I realised that parking on the pavement had been banned in London for over 40 years.  I’m sure I broke that law more than a few times when I lived there! So should parking on the pavement be banned?  I know that it would cause even more parking

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Sunday 17th of April 2016

A4 Paper

As the mother of a 4 year old daughter, I was astonished to see the new Chinese trend of proving that their waists are no bigger than a piece of A4 paper! The trend has seen them trying to demonstrate their waists are equal to or narrower than the width of the average A4 paper we use daily in our printers.  A4 paper is 8.2 inches or 21 cms. Girls have been posting these worrying results on the internet and Weibo, their version of twitter, in their thousands! Some even boasting they are smaller than an A4 paper being an

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