Nerf maths, literacy lunches and other things that got us through Day One of homeschooling

Coronavirus. It’s making adults anxious and sending the nation nuts in the supermarket aisles. Death tolls are rising and the country is on lockdown. Just think how all this stress is playing out in the mind of a child. I’m conscious that I need to provide my six-year old, Eric, with heaps of reassurance, love and attention as we all struggle to get to grips … Continue reading Nerf maths, literacy lunches and other things that got us through Day One of homeschooling

Why children who don’t sleep through the night might have saved humanity (sort of)

In terms of sleeping, I reckon my children were born a few millennia too late. Picture the scene: It’s 50,000BC and you and your family are asleep in a cave. It’s the middle of the night and your campfire has almost burnt out. There’s a sabre-toothed tiger prowling around outside and it’s mighty hungry (I’ve no idea if sabre-toothed tigers were still around 50,000 years … Continue reading Why children who don’t sleep through the night might have saved humanity (sort of)

How I got my picker eater to eat: the simple trick that worked for us

My five-year-old, Eric, used to be a brilliant eater. As soon as he hit six months old we served him up all sorts of pretentious food – chilli, falafels, salmon stir fry, lentil curry, beef tagine, chicken with apricots (no prizes for guessing whose weaning cookbooks I wasted all my maternity pay on…). And he pretty much downed the lot. He consumed so much houmous … Continue reading How I got my picker eater to eat: the simple trick that worked for us

Why skinny genes are easier to find than school trousers

This week we received a letter from our local health trust. On top of our excitement about receiving some post that wasn’t a utility bill, this letter gave us another reason to celebrate: it contained written ‘evidence’ that our son is not fat. This came as a surprise for two reasons. Firstly, anyone who has tried to pick Eric up will confirm he’s rather heavy. … Continue reading Why skinny genes are easier to find than school trousers

The best worst presents to buy a preschooler

Your child has been invited to a birthday party, and you want to buy a gift to impress. So far so good. Now ask yourself: ‘Do I want to impress the child or the parent?’ Because in my opinion, you can’t have it both ways. Scientists have discovered* there’s a direct correlation between how much a child loves a present and how much their parents hate … Continue reading The best worst presents to buy a preschooler

The parent’s guide to posh food

There’s something rather calming about avocados. They’re a soothing shade of green, bland in a tasty kind of a way, and generally inoffensive. At least that’s what I thought until yesterday, when a throwaway remark about this humble fruit sent me into a blind rage. I was on the phone to Brother Dave, who happened to mention he’d had smashed avocado for breakfast. “You mean … Continue reading The parent’s guide to posh food

Am I the only person who thinks Bing bunny needs to chill out?

    I genuinely believe in the importance of Emotional Intelligence (EI). Encouraging children to understand their emotions, talk about them and work with them should be encouraged – something we always strive for with our sons. But I can’t help feeling Bing bunny takes it to the extreme. For those of you not up to speed with Bing, let me help you out: he’s … Continue reading Am I the only person who thinks Bing bunny needs to chill out?