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Being A Mum Is Lonely

This week Number One has been away, and with her our structure. As a second time mum, there are many things that are easier. But perhaps the one I hadn’t really thought about until now, is that the second time around being a mum is considerably less lonely. I had forgotten that no matter how…

The Pressure Of School Holidays

I am exceptionally lucky, being a teacher I have never had to worry about childcare during the school holidays. I can’t imagine how hard it must be – especially during the summer – for parents who have to juggle the costs and logistics of childcare. So I take my hat off to the millions of…

Great Children’s Books To Read This Summer

If there is one thing I love to do in the summer, it has to be reading. There is nothing like sitting in the sun with a good book, watching the world pass by whilst you yourself are transported to somewhere entirely different. It’s a love that began in childhood and one that I’ve passed…

A Term Time Holiday? Yes Really!

With the exception of a brief, and quite disastrous stay in a caravan, it’s six years since we’ve had a family holiday. Prior to Number One starting school, we travelled regularly. We cruised, both in the med and on a Transatlantic. We even visited Peru. She was always a fantastic traveller, and during holidays she…